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Skinny Mean Bitch owns me

Ack. Yesterday kind of got away from me. My yard is a complete overgrown jungle -- if I put a couple of cars up on blocks on my side lawn, it would just complete the picture, I think. When I have time, it's raining, and when I don't, it's nice enough to work outside. Yesterday was the first day with the right combo. And I won't get in to the craptacular stuff that's gone on this past week.

Day 14 - Favorite male character

Ah ha ha ha. Like I could pick one. Do I go with my ur-fandom, Pros, and pick Doyle? Do I go with Castillo from Miami Vice? Or my beloved Giles from Buffy, because ASH was the reason I tuned in to Buffy in the first place, and Giles was the glue that kept it all together? I know everyone probably thinks I'll pick Spike. But then there are my new loves, Raylan Givens and Michael Westen and and and.

No, I think I will go back a ways to the guy who kind of started me down this fannish path -- not Spock, though he was formative. But a soap character: Steve "Patch" Johnson from Days of Our Lives. I think most of the guys I've fallen for as characters have all had a little bit of Steve in them somewhere, even if it's not obvious (like, Giles and Steve could not be more different on the outside, but Giles shares that loyalty and devotional quality that I adored in Steve). He came on to Days as a short-lived villain, but when the producers saw what a great actor Steven Nichols was, and how the fans reacted to him, they made him a permanent character and even gave him a real name instead of that godawful handle "Patch" -- seriously, naming someone after their disability? Jesus.

He was just mesmerizing. Soaps had never had a character like him before, and in a lot of ways, that archetype, which you see on many shows, has never been done so well again. I started watching Days again a few years ago when I found out Steve and Kayla were coming back on it, but then the producers fucked it up and got rid of them last year without even a fare-thee-well, and so I no longer watch. Steve was just... he was cool, and tough, and unpredictable (something rare in soaps), and sexy as hell, that bad boy with a heart of gold underneath, especially for the love of his life, and I think in some ways I've been trying to find him again in just about every character I follow as a fan.

Day 15 - Favorite female character

If I were as talented as lithium doll, I'd make myself an elimination challenge, because this one I just don't even know how to decide on. Unlike about 70% of my fan friends in slash fandom, I love female characters. And so many of them are recent finds, so the only way I could narrow it down is by setting up categories and seeing how they fare in those categories.

But okay. I'm going to decide on... Debra Morgan from Dexter. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Deb. I mean, unholy love. She is someone I identify with so very much -- kind of a fuckup, but still smart enough and good enough to be competent; foulmouthed, but not aggressively and scarily so; loyal and generous but still needy and unself-confident; lonely and scared, but still brave and strong. I just... I get flaily hands when I try to talk about her.

Part of it is that she's so effing funny -- her foul language, the way she has no patience for stupid people, how happy she is when something works out for her. She also gives good drama -- she has those big anime eyes, and stuff that hurts her HURTS her, and when she loves, she does it with all-out gusto. From the beginning, when Dexter says that if he could love, Deb would be the one person he would love, I've adored that connection they have, and her relationship with Lundy was for me one of those perfect, exquisite, almost operatic, epic love stories that I couldn't have enjoyed more if they'd put sparkles and rainbows on it.

Skinny Mean Bitch, you are my girl, and always will be. Now if I could just figure out how to finish the vid I want to make for you...

Oh, ETA: I found this wonderful set of clips of Deb's foul mouth. I heart her so.

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anoel
Jun. 14th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
So much word about Deb. She's just so freaking awesome that it's hard to talk about it but ITA with all your reasons. Hope you get the vid finished!
beerbad
Jun. 14th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
YAY FOR DEB LOVE!!!! And Deb/Lundy too, oh man was I crushed by how that turned out... D:
kirbyfest
Jun. 15th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh, lordy lordy, how I loved Patch. When he rescued Kayla from Jack's captivity, and carried her down that staircase, I thought I was going to die of lurve.
ozfroggirl
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
I wasn't a fan of Deb when I first saw Dexter - I thought she was a little whiny and self-absorbed. Seasons 2 and 3 really turned me around and now I agree that she is most definitely awesome. :D

Edited at 2010-06-15 03:48 pm (UTC)
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