October 5th, 2005


"And since, so jump upon that very question..."

(So what do modern productions do with Hamlet's 'Polack'?)

nojojojo mentions "...the protagonist (who) looks like a ten-year-old girl, even though she's actually 53 and a kind of adolescent in her species' terms" and as Flow would have it I've been considering 12 Kingdoms' King of Kyou, the little girl who wishes she had a shorter kirin, the more easily to slap him when so minded. The King of Kyou is twelve and has been king for 40 years or so, meaning that in terms of actual experience she's in her 50s too. Now kings are necessarily childless after they become kings, but one wonders if a prepubescent might not want to be an adult at some time in her theoretically endless life. Adults can have sex, and I never heard that Kings couldn't. You'd think she might ask to be removed from the rolls for, say, six years, in order to reach maturity.
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hiroshige: foxfires on musashino

Gaiden woes

And suddenly I've flashbacked a dozen years to early fandom when I was addicted to my first series as only a netless foreign exile could be, and the manga was doing loop-the-loops and a geological age elapsed between episodes and all I wanted was more more more of these guys; and I'd go to comic sales and spend two or three hundred dollars at a time just to get more more more of these guys, and...

...it wasn't enough. They looked like these guys but they weren't these guys. They could guess what would happen and what had happened but they couldn't tell me for sure. Only the mangaka could tell me for sure and she wasn't going to, not until next month or the one after if she was sick as she often was. (Sound familiar?)

That's how I feel about fanfic now. It's supposed to be the guys but it isn't the guys and the pale fanfic reflection just mocks me with its meretricious resemblance to the *real* guys, off doing their unknowable thing in the sealed-off recesses of Minekura's brain.

Unfortunately the fanfic where this happens most signally is my own. And if even my own resources fail me, there would seem to be no obvious solution to the problem.