From [ profile] felinephoenix

Jan. 8th, 2008 09:16 pm
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1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

1. How much wood could a woodchuck-- no. What's one thing you have always found frustrating?

The fact that only my family members can really get me to cry in a negative sense. I mean, I cried on my last day of eighth grade, at Where the Red Fern Grows, at Power Rangers: Time Force, but I can't remember any real person ever driving me to tears (or ever trying to) except my mother and brother.

2. You've probably explained this to me, but I'm awful and I've forgotten. Why do you like Erek so much?

Because he's a snarky bastard. No. Because he's a snarky, angsty bastard.

Seriously. #26 is/was one of the earliest books I read, and is still one of my favorites. And in that book, Erek is fantastic. He's sad, clever, and so damn sneaky. The whole exchange where he reveals that he'd learned the Howlers were all children and didn't tell anyone... and THAT SPEECH. "Juveniles or adults, they killed my creators, they made refugees of the Chee, they murdered my world." That's what did it, that last line. "They murdered my world." That is a beautifully phrased little bit of juvenile lit, and I loved the idea of a programmed-pacifistic android manipulating the Animorphs' knowledge of the Howlers in order to ensure that he'd get the revenge he himself could not exact. That. Was. Beautiful.

Reading further in the series... Erek is a beautiful little contradiction. My favorite kind of characters are the flexible ones that can be absolutely hilarious in one situation and dead serious in another. Erek fits. His style of humor is somewhat sarcastic, mostly revolving around interjections and semi-relevant comments, and I love it.

But he also has moments like Matcom, and the whole thing with Jake in #53. #53 is my second favorite in the series, and you can probably guess why. Some of my favorite Erek moments are actually in #32, with his brief philosophical moment regarding the Rachels.

Add in the fact that he has CENTURIES of history and adventures that we will never know about.

Words just cannot express my disappointment that Erek never got his own Chronicles. Which is probably why I started writing my own.

The second reason is simply this: I'm a history geek. Specifically, I'm a casual Egyptophile (Firefox tells me this is not a word; I don't care). Erek's historical anecdotes are love.

To this day, he is my favorite character of all time, ever. I very recently took out a challenge to write five more fics about him, at least one of which will hopefully be my dead end chapter of Cheechron. Erek vs. the Drode, my other favorite Animorphs character. I truly regret not writing more fic with the Drode.

3. What's your favorite genre of fiction?

Crime/courtroom suspense novels, historical fiction. I especially love fictionalized accounts of historical figures. I really like a mundane setting. Believe it or not, I'm not a huge fantasy/scifi type, but anything with down-to-earth characters that make you think and are sufficiently humorous will attract me in the end.

4. What's your biggest pet peeve about fandom in general?

I don't get enough reviews~! That they can't spell. And they can't capitalize. And that they ignore this perfectly likable, fanfic gold mine of a character that happens to be my personal favorite. :P

5. What's your biggest pet peeve about people in general?

That they're mean. That's my only problem with people. Even the nicest ones have some issue with someone or stance on something that I find mean and uncalled for and it makes me heartsick. People are harsh, and I've never really learned to deal with it.


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