* You leave a comment saying, "Resistance is futile."
* I respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
* You update your journal with the answers to my questions.
* You include this explanation in your post, and offer to ask other people questions.
Tagged this time by musetrax
:1- Favorite fictional male protagonist?
Now, see, here I thought that this was going to be easy because there aren't so many guys I can identify with. That's not to say I don't adore the heroes of my fandoms, but I'm talking on a deeper level. I tend to do a sort of gender role reversal and see men as the love interests for the female characters I like and while I can recognize and appreciate the more complex aspects of their personalities, I never feel as close to them as I do the women. But then this question made me realize there are actually quite a few that I do. I mean, there are Indiana Jones, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, who kind of helped me shape my thoughts on men at an early age, but there are a few that get even closer to my heart because I'm sort of (but not completely) gender blind when it comes to identifying with them.
So I think it's a tie between Aragorn from Lord of the Rings
(Tolkien's brilliant, all the male characters come to life in his work and touch me in a very real and deep way) and Ben from Carnivale
because I think he actually comes closest to a male protagonist I can completely identify with.2- How do you decide which series (film, TV, books) to invest your time and energy into?
I don't think it's a mental process for me; it kind of just happens or it doesn't. I give lots of stuff a try, and some of it sticks, some of it doesn't; I read and watch a lot. If something captures my imagination, I stick with it, sometimes it'll even provide a muse and I'll start getting into it that way, with fanfics and such. But I am extremely open to almost anything so, like I said, it's more instinctual than it is a choice.3- What notable fandoms have you outgrown?
Only a little while ago, I would have said Star Trek
, and even with that, I wouldn't say I'd necessarily outgrown it; it was an odd time in my life and a great transition from teendom into adulthood. I'd never even given sci-fi a thought before and suddenly I was liking this show about a spaceship and alien planets. It was like... an awakening, to be dramatic about it. And then I just kind of... fell out of it. But now lastwordslinger
got me back into it so that's not necessarily true anymore either.
I suppose Heroes
, though I could probably just as easily go back to watching that, too. See, I'm extremely loyal; once something creeps into my heart and my imagination, it just never leaves.4- If you could be in charge of any adaptation (film to tv, tv to film, comic to film, you get the idea), what would you choose?
Ooh, this was a difficult one because my mind works in a very cinematic way when I read and there are books I feel very, very strongly about. I'd love to do an adaptation of Haunting of Hill House
, even though there already is a superb movie made from it, I'd love to get the stuff that touched me in there and make it my way. But that's not my choice, and neither is The Shining
, another I've thought long and hard about.
Maybe it's because both of those have had various adaptations, some good, some bad, or maybe it's just because this is newer and fresher in my imagination, but ultimately my answer would have to be Stephanie Meyer's The Host
. It's so vivid in my mind, exactly what the caves should look like, the composition of the rock, each actor I'd cast. It's going to break my heart when they do make a movie of it; movies of the others have existed since before I was born or close to, but I'm totally fresh with The Host
and that makes the feeling stronger.5- Name one character from any film or TV series where you'd recast the portraying actor, explain why, and provide a new answer!
Padme in the Star Wars
prequels. Because Portman just obviously didn't know what to do with it. Granted, it's not the greatest role ever written for a woman, but I do think someone else who had a real idea or feel for the character would have been able to give it a little more 'oomph.' It's tempting to say I'd replace her with Keira Knightly (who, yes, I like) because Lucas "discovered" her for The Phantom Menace
to play Portman's double, but I think she would have been a bit young to play older Padme and I do wonder if it's older Padme that I'd recast, because I think Portman does a decent job in TPM. If so, I'd have to say Rose Byrne, who played, again, Padme's handmaiden in AOTC and managed to make a huge impression despite having an almost nonexistent part.