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Fandom letter meme

1. Leave a comment to this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows

Ganked from cornerofmadness who gave me the letter C. "C", as it turns out, is kinda hard. It's not a common letter for names. But here's mine:

1. Connor Angel is the gimme, because that's why COM gave me the letter C. I liked the idea of Connor from the moment we found out Darla was pregnant with a human child. I tried to remain spoiler-free during season 3 of Angel, but I accidentally read a little blurb by David Greenwalt after "Sleep Tight" aired saying the baby was gone forever. I was devastated. For me, as a single, childless woman who always identified with the character Angel (from season 1 BtVS on), and had started to regret her decision not to have kids, seeing Angel, who was NEVER supposed to be able to have kids, fall in love with his son... it just hit me where I lived.

And teenaged Connor was so compelling. I got that he was annoying to people; I hated how annoying Mutant Enemy wrote him. I hated that they wrote him out of the show in "Home" so he and Angel could never mend their relationship. I cried like a big bitty baby at the end of "Origin." I was annoyed when I was inadvertently spoiled for Connor's return in "Not Fade Away." But it was still awesome anyway. Yet it left me unsatisfied because Connor had so much untapped potential as a character--an evident (and prophesied) potential for heroism, childhood issues up the ying-yang, and a father he needed to reconcile with. I worked that out for myself.

2. Jacob Clarke, Steven Spielberg's Taken. The half-human, half-alien "love child" of a neglected Forties housewife and the strange, wounded visitor from another planet she took into her home, thinking he was a war deserter. Jacob's half-brother and half-sister never liked his father much--or, didn't trust the strange man, who deserted their mother before the child was born--but they are devoted to Jacob. Jacob had odd mental powers and little physical strength, and barely lived long enough to father a daughter of his own (Lisa Clarke was a strong contender to be character #2 in this list, 'cause of the awesome). Jacob also spent most of his life in hiding from Bad Men in the Govment. I think their names had C's in them as well.

3. Sarah Connor, the Terminator movie series. Mama Bear has gun, will travel. She is the mentor of the savior of the future, her son John Connor (a strong contender to be character #3 on this list). The first movie in the series came out at a time when the big screen was full of action-hero testosterone-fests. "The Terminator" sounded just the same. But it wasn't. It turned on the point of view of a woman. Sarah Connor was at the core of that movie, and her transformation from unremarkable waitress to teeth-gritting hero who had to save herself in the end when her protector died... was awesome to watch. The second movie centered more around John Connor and the Terminator, but let's face it. Whacked-out Linda Hamilton stole the show. Sarah's transformation into the woman Kyle Reese was always taught about was less about destiny and more about someone rising to the occasion because life and love demanded it.

4. Cho Chang, the Harry Potter series. You never forget your first big crush. Harry first spotted Cho over a broomstick on the Quidditch pitch. She was a fellow seeker, which means you know they spent a lot of time dancing around each other ignoring the rest of the game because they had to. It was their job. And if she gave him a run for his money, why wouldn't he have had a big crush on her? I was pleased with the actress they cast in the films, although we didn't get to see too much of her. And it annoyed the hell out of me that Order of the Phoenix had been chopped up so much it appeared Cho betrayed the D.A. to Umbridge, which she didn't. Ah, but to this day, I am still a Cho/Harry 'shipper. Because I was sold on it by Rowling, less so Harry/Ginny, which felt forced.

5. Charity Carpenter, The Dresden Files. I was debating whether to pick Molly Carpenter, 'cause it was still a "C" name, and Molly is slowly becoming Awesome, ne, formidable, but her mother is really the Unsung Awesome of the Carpenter family. She's undoubtedly where Molly gets her magic from, but she never embraced it as a lifestyle. She protects her family while her husband is out swashbuckling with grit, intelligence, and sheer chutzpa. And she doesn't take any lip from Harry, either, which he respects now.

Runner ups for this meme: Justine Cooper, Jenny Calendar, Ana Lucia Cortez, Cassandra (Highlander), Charlie Keys (Taken).
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Feb. 27th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
I'm glad you went with Charity (probably because I'm just not a Molly fan)

And I felt very much the same about teen Connor as you know
Feb. 27th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I find Molly's journey interesting. Certainly Butcher has a Thing for powerful women, and I think he's pretty fair in his depiction of them. I'm interested in knowing where he will take Molly.

But he shines the spotlight on Molly so you'd barely notice that Charity is awesome in a less flashy way. And sometimes that is much more heroic.
Feb. 27th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Funny you should say that. This is how I see Butcher and his female characters as well and yet so many times I see people calling him and Dresden sexist. Jus because Dresden wants to help his friends (he does the same for the men) doesn't make his protective nature sexist.

I think he does strong women too and MOlly is that. I couldn't tell you why she rubs me the wrong way. I don't dislike her but I'm not invested in her either. But you're right, she has had one heck of a journey. I am wondering if he's thinking of wrapping up the series within in the next book or two though
Feb. 27th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
I am flummoxed by the people who call Butcher sexist. What would they count as non-sexist? Jeez Louise, there's a lot of Pigs out there in writer-land who can't be bothered to write a female character at all, certainly not one in the habit of wearing all her clothes, Butcher's women are three-dimensional, strong in different ways, and *interesting*. Let's not throw what few good writers of women characters we have out with the trash.
Feb. 27th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you. or equally worse, think they are writing strong women but what they're really writing are bitches with nothing but a sharp tongue to make them look strong
Feb. 27th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
One of these days such writers will actually meet a woman. One of these days.
Feb. 27th, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
snort. luckily I've seen less of that but back in the 80's that's about all i remember
Feb. 27th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
I ignored television in the '80's, and stuck with books and music, and a bit of film. More variety that way.
Feb. 27th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
that's where I was seeing it, in the books especially in SF/Fantasy
Feb. 27th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
I wasn't reading much SF/Fantasy in the '80's.
Feb. 27th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
ah, yes that would explain it.

Edited at 2012-02-27 10:21 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
Please could I have a letter???
Feb. 27th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
How about J??
Feb. 27th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Done, thanks!
Feb. 27th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Could I please have a letter?
Feb. 27th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
How about P?
Feb. 27th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
yay meme
letter me.
Feb. 27th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: yay meme

You are now a woman of letters.

Feb. 28th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: yay meme
lana lang and lois lane jump immediately to mind, but i think i can do better than that ... although margot kidder's lois lane may make the cut ...
Feb. 29th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: yay meme
Oh, my favorite was Teri Hatcher, I think. And I would love to see a defense of the much maligned Lana Lang, should she make the cut.
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: yay meme
not to mention the lovely luna, of course, pictured above ... :)
Feb. 29th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: yay meme
Luna was awesome. And the actress who portrayed her in the movies really brought her to life.
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