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How does your headcanon for your favourite characters vary from story to story? If you multiship your character in some way, how does your headcanon change between ships?

That's an interesting question. Where exactly is the line between AU and different sets of headcanon? I don't really try to distinguish between canon, headcanon, and AU. It's all just thought-fodder to me. I suppose it's kinda strange, as I'm always obsessed about knowing as much canon as possible in every show I get into. Anyway, from what I've read on ffn and ao3, people do seem to get upset if you go only a little bit AU. Unexpectedly, at least.

Almost all my headcanon these days is for AU universes I will likely never write about. Maybe at some point. I have a few outlines, anyway.

One of the best and worst things about a minor character is headcanon freedom. You can really get away with almost anything. But it can feel like different people are writing about very different characters.

Date: 2014-01-20 06:16 pm (UTC)
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The first question you pose is such a good one.

"Thought-fodder," indeed.

I prefer AU, too (or think in AUs). It's very rarely "fantasy epic AU" or "desert clans AU", but something like no-Attacks AU. Same world, but a completely different set of events. (Though I have def been known to enjoy those epic crossovers where it's a set of one characters thrust into the universe of another show).

Can you share some ideas you have as far as AUs?

What do you think about Kendra's drug use? Have you ever worked out a head canon back story for that?

Date: 2014-01-22 01:59 am (UTC)
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Thought-fodder is everything. *nods*

Well, if I were to write a mega-AU series, the point of departure would be Kara being on Pegasus during the attacks. Cain, Kara, and Kendra go off to have adventures together. There's also that prison AU I mentioned before. Maybe. It might come across as too Orange-is-the-New-Blackish. Another possibility I've been considering is having Boomer successfully assassinate Bill. Saul remains in command until Cain shows up, who then runs the rest of the show. It's an AU that begs for Cain/Laura. I'm not sure if I can write that. One of these days I'll try.

I've never really spent much time thinking about Kendra's drug use. I know I have a fairly addictive personality, so I usually stay away from anything stronger than caffeine. Very occasionally, as in once a month or less, I'll have a few hard ciders. So I don't really feel qualified to speculate on something like that. I like Kara's reaction to it, though.


Date: 2014-01-20 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean about headcanon freedom. I think it's one of the things that actually makes me shy away from minor characters, because I know I'm not a storyteller, and I'm far better at building off information that is already there and coming up with reasons and connections and so on, than I am at purely inventing things. So I'm too nervous to write minor characters because I'm afraid of them being way off.
Edited Date: 2014-01-20 08:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-22 02:10 am (UTC)
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I find I'm the other way around. I adore worldbuilding. I love making things up, populating a universe with arbitrary details and stories. For me there's nothing quite like it. But to write, I have to have a very specific story to tell. Something that feels kinda original. If I don't have that... I find I don't have anything to say. If I do, then I'll explain the plot in about five sentences and have nothing else to say. Which is why I'm in awe of your meta writing skills. You've seriously got a gift there. *nods*

Date: 2014-01-20 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Characters like Zak and Kendra have so little known about them that you can do almost anything, and people do exactly that.

Date: 2014-01-22 02:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah. It can be a bit jarring at times.


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