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Character Meme

I got given the letter N by o_deanna for the Character meme and I only just managed to find the time to do it. It was actually a lot harder than I thought! Apparently I don't give a lot of love to the N characters. I therefore had to cheat a little, using a couple of last names. Oh well. :-)

- Comment on this post, and ask me to give you a letter.
- Think of 5 fictional characters beginning with that letter, and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.


Cut because I ramble a bit:

1) Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)



I have to say, I've never really been a fan. I know that JKR always tried to build up the whole "It could have easily been him, and not Harry!" but that had about zero importance because before you even begin reading, you know that everything that happens and everything that is said is going to somehow relate to Harry, because it's called Harry Potter. You know that Neville's not going to be the Boy Who Lived or the Other or the One, because it's not called Neville Longbottom, is it? I have to admit, too, that despite persisting quite fervently, I've never enjoyed reading about him in fics, especially when he's cast as Harry's gay wingman. The idea of adding awkwardly budding homosexuality to Neville's already prevalent complexes just seems a little too cruel.

But yes, I'll admit -- Matthew Lewis is coming to be something of a looker...



2) Nala (The Lion King)



I have to admit, I'm a complete sucker for Disney films. I'm not generally one for sentimentality or emotionality in films (read: sappy shit is a no-go) but Disney films always seem to have just that little bit of magic which makes up for is all - plus the wildest, craziest, most wonderful bunch of characters you will ever come across. I don't generally like the "straight" characters in the Disney films, and Nala is about as straight as they come. I mean, really, when you've got Jeremy Irons' Scar flouncing around, Timone & Pumba and the hyenas, who really care about Nala?

But the one thing I do appreciate about Nala is, like her mother and also Sarabi, she's a strong female character. There are many instances in film and even literature when people think they've created "strong" female characters, when really they've just created these caricatures who are ruled solely by their emotions - they scream, laugh, cry and shout excessively, but that doesn't show someone who's strong and in control. Nala is in control, and despite not being vastly fascinating, I like her for that.

I also love saying, "Pinned ya agayn." :D

4) Michael Novotny (Queer As Folk)



Ok, so, I wasn't the biggest Michael fan -- until I saw this episode:



He is either the best Drag Queen ever or THE BEST DRAG QUEEN EVER OMFG. :D:D:D

How can someone straight look THAT GOOD as a woman? Seriously. I did not think he had it in him. After that scene, I had a whole heap of respect for him. I remember after watching it I had to go back and watch it again and again and again just to convince myself it was really him.

Apart from that? Meh. He's a little whiney. I don't dislike him, but I don't overly like him either. He's -- fine. I just think he should be a Drag Queen full time. :D

5) Owen Newitt (Vicar of Dibley)



I know the Vicar of Dibley got a bit old and tired near the end of its days, but I really did love it back at the beginning. Owen was the first to get behind Geraldine's appointment, showing that despite his slightly dubious hygiene and tendency towards crude remarks, he's not really so bad after all. I think they did a really good job, in the end, of creating a character who, despite his ridiculously numerous flaws, you really came to feel affectionate towards. I always liked hearing his excuses for being late -- I'm a sucker for formula -- and I always found him sort of tragic, in an odd way, especially when he proposed to Geraldine. Every time he tried to hit on Geraldine I always had conflicting feelings: amusement but also a sense of sadness. He seemed so utterly lonely that I just wanted to hug him tight and never let him go.

I'd probably give him a bath first, though. :D

3) James Norrington (POTC)



UnNNnnGH. &hearts

I love Norrington. I know I'm captain_tulip and I adore captains and there's such a vast array of delicious captains to be loved and cherished in this movie, but God­damn this man is fine. Every time I watch the first movie and I have to see him valiantly restraining his feelings and giving Elizabeth away to Will, I almost cry, and when he dies in the third movie, I do cry. He's sort of like Boromir, in a way -- someone who I think is portrayed in a bad light and has been badly-shaped by the life he's lead and the people who've surrounded him, but is essentially good and deserves way more love than he gets. And -- this is going to be unpopular -- I much prefer the "ice-cream boy" look than the rugged, dirty Norrington we see in the second film. There's enough dirt in these movies to sink a battleship pirate ship, and his gorgeous uniform and pearly skin is so dazzling in contrast, it nearly always gets my heart a-fluttering.

I don't read a lot of POTC fic, but out of the stuff that I have read, rexluscus is definitely my favourite Norrington!author. Cakes and Ale in Fear not only cemented my love for Norrington, but is also one of the best fics I've read, hands-down -- even if you don't read fic for this fandom or even know much about it, go forth and read it anyway. It's a stunning piece of writing, no matter where you're coming from, and something that has stayed with me for a long time, so much that it was the first thing I thought of when I came to do Norrington in this meme.



Be still my beating heart. &hearts

If you'd like a letter, comment and I'll give you one! It's actually pretty fun. :-)

So, now, I'm just about to watch the next episode of House. It better get better. That's all I'm saying.

Oh, and anyone know where I can download Boston Legal? I'll screen your comment and everything. I'm just -- sort of -- dying inside without it. Don't even get me started on the fact that they're not doing a full season.
Tags: fandom, imho, meme
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