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[ObMeme] ... (huh?)

The meme is:

Comment with the name of a female character and I'll tell you why I love her. In return, you can do the same in your journal [if you want].

(via inkstone and yhlee, and if someone can explain why it's called what it's called, I'll write you drabble-y flashfic ... .)

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meganbmoore
Jan. 30th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I don't think that's the meme title so much as a popular entry header for memes.

Harriet Vane.
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)

I love how she won't let herself take the easy way out of things.



Edited at 2010-01-30 09:09 pm (UTC)
lawless523
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
I ♥ Harriet Vane too! (And Lord Peter, of course.) Though my reason for liking her would be different: her detachment.

Which, I think, is what Sanzo needs, not unattachment.
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chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)

I love her for her ability to see humor - even at her own expense - in even the worst situations ("Take up knitting snake cozies?"), and for her personal sense of honor and loyalty to her friends.

(And she is one of my very favorite characters ever, too!)

smillaraaq
Jan. 30th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
What, the "ObMeme" part? That's classic old-school jargon for "obligatory" -- on newsgroups/listservs where conversations started to drift off-target, folks would often throw in a brief "Ob-----" note about something more directly topical for the group in question.
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the answer! What no female person for you? (Even Shenhua?) What do you want me to flashfic, instead?

smillaraaq
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
As always, I am a fountain of useless arcana!

As mentioned elsewhere, I've been feeling a little...cranky...about some of the essentialism and erasure and gross oversimplification that's been getting bandied about in some fandom conversations involving gender and sexuality recently. So while I'd normally jump on a meme like this, right now it's feeling just a little bit tainted by association. But what the hey, you haven't done a book writeup yet, so how about my eponymous fictional namesake?

As for flashfic, well, watching the snow pour down is making me feel cold and dreary. So instead of a typical character/pairing/fandom-based prompt, how about "warmth" as a challenge?
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)

Point taken on the meme ... but I got curious as to what people will ask (and I got requests from people who haven't stopped by for a while, as well, which was a nice surprise).

smillaraaq
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's nothing wrong with the meme itself, it's just the timing and associations that are a little triggery on my many sore spots. But I would honestly love to hear you talk some more about my fictional twin! :)
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)

I love smilla because of her grit - nothing stops her.

(I have an idea for the ficlet, but we are about to brave the snow for supper at Mark's, so it will be a litle later.)

smillaraaq
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Be safe out there!
smillaraaq
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
(Oh, and as for the flashfic challenge, I'm not trying to insist on original vs. fannish fic -- feel free to use any characters/fandom you like to play with that theme!)
chomiji
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)

OK, I posted it.

XD

nouvellebrielle
Jan. 30th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Kanzeon Bosatsu.
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)

What, se counts as female now?

XD

I love how se manages to do what needs to be done, even thought you know hir heart is breaking.



Edited at 2010-01-30 09:18 pm (UTC)
smillaraaq
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Kanzeon counts as whatever Kanzeon wants to be, and doesn't give two hoots if this leads to brain-explody on the parts of small-minded humans who think that gender can or should or must be reduced to a simple either/or binary. ;) *giant sparkly hearts, etc.*
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)

Point made. (There's a reason I keep using this icon lately.)

nouvellebrielle
Jan. 30th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I figured Kanzeon counts, partly. Meaning free and easy either way. XD

You just reminded me of Gaiden's ending and I'm going to go widdle somewhere else now.
lady_ganesh
Jan. 30th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Yaone!
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)

I think you know the answer to this ... I didn't love Yaone very much at first, but when she and Doku defied Kou's orders and came after him, I loved that she had overcome her need to obey and her caution for the sake of a person she loved - even though it was that same person's orders.

(That's actually a theme that C.J. Cherryh likes - the good servant who proves how good s/he is by defying orders or conditioning to do what really needs doing.)

lady_ganesh
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)


(I finally have one of her books! Now I have to read it.)
redbrunja
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
Kannan.

Tremaine.
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)

LOL ... I knew that if I posted this, someone would come up with someone that I would have trouble loving ... .

I love Kannan for .... her decisiveness!

More whole-heartedly, I love Tremaine for her ability to look past her own issues and take an active and productive interest in other people's problems. And also for her snark.

smillaraaq
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Have you read the translations of that Knockout Drops piece where Hakkai is reminiscing about her? I wish we could have seen more of her in canon because she sounded like such a marvelously bold, unconventional character.
redbrunja
Feb. 6th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
You're right... Tremaine is refreshingly unattached to her own issues and traumatic past.
macavitykitsune
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
Revy ^__^

and I don't remember if you're into fullmetal alchemist, but if you are, Riza Hawkeye. ^__^
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)

(Not FMA, no. I can recognize a picture of Riza, but that's about it.)

I love Revy because she's violent id unleashed in a way female characters usually aren't, and also I love her grudging, dawning sense of connection to Rock.

blackcatbone
Jan. 30th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Anayama Kosuke
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)

Kosuke!

I love how she is cheerfully serene almost all the time, carrying out her duties with quiet competence, and yet feels things so deeply at the heart.

(Did you see that in the 35/36 omake, sensei had a biography for Kosuke? But it made no sense, timeline-wise, because we see Kosuke at about age 12 or 13 in "Dragon of the Blue Sky" ... I have my own biography for her, which I should write up sometime.)

blackcatbone
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Lovely, and very true. ^_^

(No, I hadn't seen that, but frustrating that it doesn't match up timeline-wise. Would definitely like to hear your version some time. You're good with details.)
lawless523
Jan. 30th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
As I recall, you know Gravi and didn't mind it until you met the panda. So Mizuki, Eiri's editor.

I still find it ironic that Gravitation, a BL manga, has more, better, and stronger female characters than Saiyuki.

I have other Gravi characters to suggest if that doesn't work for you.
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)

Owww ... I feel like a complete heel, but I can't remember anyone from Gravi well enough to talk about them but Shuichi, Eiri, and Hiroshi.

D-:

lawless523
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
I think all the women I appreciate in Saiyuki have been taken! Do you know Fruits Basket? Or D. Gray Man?

Wait - you know Loveless, right? What about Seven/Nana?
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)

I love Seven because she is such a girl geek, with her instant noodles and computer games and lounging around in her undies.

sevenall
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Signy Mallory.
chomiji
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)

I love that despite her situation and life experience, she can still be persuaded to take a chance on the side of good.

sevenall
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
That perfectly sums up what I like about her.
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