Stop it.

Jun. 17th, 2007 06:29 pm
ankh: (overload secrets daniel)
[personal profile] ankh
If so many episodes of SG-1 are riddled with holes and lacking in the things I enjoy most (friendship and caring as examples), why do I continue to write fic trying to fix them? They can't be fixed. They were lacking to begin with and nothing I can write can change that fact. I can write everyone giving a crap about injured/missing/distraught team member X, but if my screen showed them not giving a shit, why bother inserting my version of what should have happened? Why not just start afresh to begin with?

I think I'm trying to figure out why I'm hanging on to so many WiP episode tags and rewrites. It's overwhelming. I found three more on my laptop that I'd forgotten about. I just need to throw away the duct tape, forget the cracked episodes, and go with the shiny new stuff I could be writing instead.

Date: 2007-06-17 05:53 pm (UTC)
sg1jb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sg1jb
Well, I think for many people once they have done some repair work it becomes their re-creation that holds the bigger truth for them of what happened, plus (and/or) there's a certain satisfaction gained from subjectively setting it 'right' -- taking something and saying, I can do better, and then doing it is satisfying. And as far as I am concnerned, whatever provokes some satisfaction is well worth doing.

If you don't get that sense of satisfaction, though, and/or there doesn't seem to be anything to gain, personally, from doing repairs, then yeah, maybe starting afresh might be more rewarding.

But, but, but... tell me, please tell me your starting afresh would still involve Writing Daniel (begs on hand and knee). I miss him :-(

Date: 2007-06-17 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ankh-lj.livejournal.com
Yes, there was most definitely a certain satisfaction when writing 'fix it fic'. Perhaps part of why I'm not feeling that now is because the show has moved on from what initially attracted me; I'm, essentially, fixing something I'm not that invested in emotionally, so the Band-Aids aren't sticking and the stitches are sloppy, assuming I ever get beyond bathing the wounds in the first place. I could be writing about seasons 1-3 SG-1 and instead I'm trying to figure out why the team never mentions Jack, or why Jack isn't there in key moments for his former team mates when I believed they were as close as a family.

Oh, and rest assured the starting afresh would involve writng Daniel and team. Despite numerous bumps and lumps, I still love them and any plot bunnies invariably involve them.

Date: 2007-06-17 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graculus.livejournal.com
I think for your own satisfaction, you should endeavour to finish all of those before you move on to something else... ;)

Date: 2007-06-17 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ankh-lj.livejournal.com
*snort* And how many unfinished SG-1 fic do you have on your computer?

Date: 2007-06-17 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graculus.livejournal.com
Oh, about 15 and then some other ideas, but I'm still finishing stuff... :P

Date: 2007-06-17 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ankh-lj.livejournal.com
*looks at calendar and notes year*

Date: 2007-06-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graculus.livejournal.com
Ahem. In recent months that's a 20,000 word gen season 1 rewrite and an 89,000 word AU slash novel set in season 5.

So, what have you done for me lately? ;)

Date: 2007-06-17 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ankh-lj.livejournal.com
My friend's dog ate my 646,384 word novel. I'll get back to you on that...

Date: 2007-06-17 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deej1957.livejournal.com
Yes, shiny new stuff. Help us all forget the the holes we managed to survive all these years and help us remember it fondly with Shiny New Stuff.

Date: 2007-06-17 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ankh-lj.livejournal.com
I was wondering whether to start a comm for SG-1 fic seasons 1-3 but I don't want the hassle of modding. Any idea if there is one?

Date: 2007-06-17 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deej1957.livejournal.com
If there is, I haven't seen it.

Ive no idea how to mod an LJcomm, but if you explain,I'd be happy to help!

Date: 2007-06-17 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ankh-lj.livejournal.com
Explain it? I have no idea! ;-P

Date: 2007-06-18 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tenaya.livejournal.com
The show really is about 4 or 6 different shows and team combinations and dynamics. When you think about all the shows we watch and what percent of them we actually want to be fannish about, it really isn't that surprising that if the original balance is messed with, you probably won't feel like you want to write stories about the new stuff.

The ideal fannish show has cute guys and a lot openings for fans to fill in, to fix. But if you don't care enough to want to spend the time/energy in fixing it, that is a major problem.

I guess I'm lucky 'cause all my unfinished are S8 and before. :::cheesy grin:::

Date: 2007-06-20 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ankh-lj.livejournal.com
"The show really is about 4 or 6 different shows and team combinations and dynamics. When you think about all the shows we watch and what percent of them we actually want to be fannish about, it really isn't that surprising that if the original balance is messed with, you probably won't feel like you want to write stories about the new stuff. "

That's a really good point. I certainly view season 9 and 10 as a different show and different universe, which is why I can enjoy it without letting me get maudlin about what it replaced. Season 4 and 5 is, again, a different universe for me, and I'm coming to the conclusion it's not a team I want to play with.

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