Of all the main characters (past or present), who do you find the hardest to write in a fanfic? And why?
For me, it would have to be Gibbs. It's like he's so special of a character, I almost feel like I'm not worthy enough to write about him.
Second would probably be Kate, since she was kind of, emotionally closed off. It felt like she didn't let anyone in, even the audience. Gibbs doesn't let the other characters in, but the audience gets a glimpse into what he's thinking and feeling. It was easy to tell when something was bothering her, but I felt like we never got to go beyond that. I'm guessing it was because she always wanted to keep her work and private life separate and we only saw her at work, but it makes it really hard to get into her head for a fanfic.
"You don't sound very optimistic. So all these people just die?"
Hey, interesting question, Meg. I picked Ziva because I don't think I've ever really gotten her... I enjoy watching her character but I still don't always know what she is going to do next. Tony is pretty easy to write because all you really need are movie quotes and angst; Ducky, rambling stories; Abby, excitability and Caff-Pow. I've never tried to write the Director that I can recall.
I've been doing more McGee lately, and I've really enjoyed it because it's a new way to see the other characters through his perspective. Right now I'm writing a first person (which I've never done in fanfiction) of McGee's thoughts on Kate's funeral.
I'm sure it's obvious who my favorite character is to write
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I would have to say Kate as well, because as it was mentioned we only really saw her at work and we never learned much about hobbies and activities that she enjoyed outside of work. I think that now the hardest character who's there now to write would be Jenny for me, because, I think that it's hard to write her without it coming across as forced or awkward or both at least for me.
Kate, because I didn't start watching until season 3
Seriously, though, I'd have to go with Gibbs. I just don't hear him as well as I think I hear the others. Of course, I'm not sure if I really have a feeling for Ducky, either, since he never makes more than brief cameos when he appears at all.
The thing that really gets me is the technobabble with Abby and McGee. I wish I knew enough about their fields to really get the fun rambling going. I usually just gloss over those bits and stick to simple things like enhancing video. Their tasks end up being rather pedestrian so they can chat about other stuff while they (apparently) get the job done.
I have to say Kate too. I don't really like Kate, and I can make her seem very harsh because that's how I feel about her. Pink Cadillac is a good example, and she shows up and complains about that in Be Careful What You Wish For. For awhile there I was annoyed with Ziva, even though I love her, and I guess I made her sound bad as well.
I guess the moral of the story is, if I don't like you, I'll make you look bad in my stories. ;D
On a roll with a story now, but might be stalled...
It's Gibbs for me - but then, I am still kinda new to the show (ish) - Tony's a breeze to write, as are McGee and Kate and I do find I have to really think about Ducky but I'm getting him slowly - I haven't attempted anything with Ziva or Jen yet - but then, I do find Jen a complex character but then maybe that's cos I've not really seen enough of her - but Gibbs - man - I thought he'd be really easy - but as with Ducky - I'm slowly getting to know him better - who knows I might even own my own Gibbs clone soon and get to know him better that way - wink wink...
Tony: we're not going anywhere
McGee looking crestfallen: until I apologise?
Tony: No! (climbs out) We're in the wrong damn car!!
Post by scuttlebutt on Feb 17, 2007 15:50:49 GMT -5
i,for one think it is gibbs, too. i mean...i read a lot of fanfics the last time and the features of gibbs in the fics are just as different as they could be. i wrote a ff with gibbs myself and i recognized that it is much more difficult to write gibbs than to write about the others. he is too...dunno how to call it...kinda mysterious.
It has to be Kate for me. I can only write her modesty and dry remarks at Tony's expense. There wasn't much about her personal life, though I did attempt a fanfic on her... its floating around fanfiction.... something about an elevator you might have read it...
Anyway.. I find Gibbs the easiest to write, he's good and moral and there is rarely a conflict of those in his gut. He knows what to do and how to get what he wants he just has trouble getting other people to do the right thing and see things his way... but that's on the surface. he's all about protection and being this mysterious scary man but really he laughs at their banter and jokes and thinks fondly about them all.
Abby! Well now, I can watch one minute of her in an ep and write twenty fanfics about crazy bowling nuns or basements and hearses. Awesome character.
Well, McGee... I do have trouble writing him, he's a bit flat... Not that I don't like him I do! he's cute but I find it hard to get into his head or relate to him. He gets missed out a lot, unfairly, in my writing.
Tony! well, have to be in a Tony mood to write Tony, there's this Tonyness about him that requires Tonyesque jokes.
Ducky? Just add some "Dear"'s in there and I'm set.