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#1 BDSM fic where the writer's apparent understanding of BDSM extends as far as people get tied up and hit even though they don't like it, but that's okay, do it often enough and they'll come around...

#2 Sherlock fic where apparently John only recognises the sound of a heart monitor going into flatline because he's seen it on bad telly.

#3 Any fic that confuses you're and your on a regular basis.

#4 No lube for anal? Really?

#5 Where a doctor can tell categorically from a glance at a three-day old, treated, grazing bullet wound to the head that someone will never wake from the coma.

#6 Roleplay transcripts and fiction are not really the same thing and I have yet to come across a single one that actually manages to stay in character for more than a couple of paragraphs, if it ever manages it at all.

#7 Deliberately not using capital letters or punctuation is not cool and groundbreaking - it makes you look like a moron. Also, it makes your fic so difficult to read that it could be the most amazing thing ever and I'd still abandon it after about 2 lines.

#8 Deliberately writing the characters out of character. Why? Why not write something original then? Or in another fandom where the characters match what you want to write?

There are always more, but these are the current ones... until the next one.

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Date: 2013-02-02 11:01 pm (UTC)
needled_ink_1975: A snarling cougar; colored pencil on paper (Default)
From: [personal profile] needled_ink_1975
Feel free to ignore. I'm just poking at the keyboard cos I take question marks literally.

#8 Deliberately writing the characters out of character. Why? Why not write something original then? Or in another fandom where the characters match what you want to write?

I write Cold Mountain fic 100% IC, because there's zero wrong with the characters (the movie ending was all wrong, but that's another story. Which I wrote *grin*). But NCIS? Noooo.

I write NCIS fic to fix what the TV Land writers broke. So I write a Ziva that Israelis recognize as Israeli, and whom some Israelis (military service-dependent) recognize as coming from an intel background. I write a Jen Shepard that various professionals recognize as professional, proficient at her job, and possessed of the right kind of background to hold that post. I write a Gibbs who is a former Marine Scout Sniper and combat veteran, and is recognized as one by former and current Marines and combat vets.

And environment—their world, is also a character. I write working environments and conditions that are recognizable as authentic by law enforcement officers, and military and intel folks: the situations are plausible; the characters react as trained professionals would; the legal aspects (civilian/federal/military) are by-the-book; the gear is all real; the tactical aspects are authentic.

Why do I do all that? Because those TV Land writers don't respect the awesome characters they created, nor do they respect the very real world in which those fictional characters operate. That's okay. I fixed what they broke, rewrote canon, and created a realistic universe for those characters. It ain't filled with bunnies and rainbows (far, faaaarrrr from it), but at least I'm not gonna beat up those characters and/or put them in ridiculously unrealistic situations just to score higher ratings.

So I'm kind of a writer on a mission, and it's a mission I will fail if I don't write OOC.

Taking question marks literally, ends. As said, feel free to ignore, but thanks very much for the question.

–Nici

Re: Off the Latest Things page

Date: 2013-02-03 02:13 pm (UTC)
needled_ink_1975: A snarling cougar; colored pencil on paper (Default)
From: [personal profile] needled_ink_1975
On the same page now, and thanks for replying.

As for backing up theory and representation with evidence, 100% agreement. However, on several occasions I've had... less-than-productive discussions with NCIS fans, the kind who seem to believe that the TV Land writers do better research than I do. To date, the funniest is, "Your Ziva is too old!" Canon has it that Ziva was only 23 when she signed on with NCIS, and yet we're meant to believe what else canon says: she went through Sherut Chovah (regular service in the IDF = 3 years) and she *also* passed out of the Mossad (3 years training, plus 5 years 'apprenticeship'). Only 23? o.O? And so Nic-says-NO: my Ziva is 29/30 when I introduce her, and I ditch Sherut Chovah, because Israelis can choose between that and Shaham (service in the security and intel sectors).

Umm, generally I despair of NCIS fans. I mostly write to please myself. Some people like what I write, though, which is pleasantly surprising.

Hope you've had a good day so far.

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Date: 2013-02-03 07:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evilawyer
All annoying, but #2? Huh? Maybe they thing he learned all his doctoring on the battlefield and only the battlefield. Which would make him a soldier, but not a doctor.

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