This wacky train of thought popped up in a conversation about how much money a billion-with-a-b dollars really is.
If you had a huge pile of money that you were to bestow as endowments on academia in honor of FK's characters, how would you distribute it per character?
- Those I knew immediately, off the top of my head:
- anthropology for Nick
- biology for Natalie
- communications for Lacroix
- hospitality management for Janette
- botany for Feliks
- Those I pondered a little:
- economics for Schanke
- criminology for Tracy
- psychology for Urs
- history for Vachon
- mathematics for Fleur
- medicine for Alma
- Those I pondered more:
- sociology for Stonetree
- military science for Cohen
- philosophy for Reese
- nutrition for Screed
- business administration for Norma
- community studies for Grace
- literature for Emily
- graphic arts for Marian
- women's studies for Sofia & Amalia (different reasons!)
- education for Alexandra
- theology for Angel
- peace and conflict studies for the Inca
Who else? Which other disciplines? ;-D
So on 9 Sept, some of the actors/directors participated in a live Q&A where, for over a hour, they took questions and otherwise discussed some particulars of the new movie (they also wanted to save some things for release during the 2 hour movie, so not every question was answered). The actors playing Nick, Nat, Vachon, LaCroix, a ghoul, and a werewolf were in attendance.
The question that comes up a lot in many different discussion groups is whether the movie will be like the show. Again, Sean reiterated that the movie will be very different, and it has to be because of how the rights were obtained (two different entities own rights to the show). Sean did try to acquire the rights to make a movie entirely based on the show, however that was not possible. They were able to acquire a certain percentage, but they had to make everything else different. This may be one of the reasons they were not able to use Janette, as the percentage of similarity to the show might have gotten too high, so they might have had to be selective in the characters they acquired. I image that, even though they only got a little of the rights, since they are fans of the show they would want to use as much as they could, so continued with this endeavor instead of making everything completely original. But even with this being an alternative universe piece, it does seem some things are universal: LaCroix will always find Nick and bring him across; Nick and Natalie will always come together; Nick will always change from reveling in his vampiric state to not; LaCroix will always have a broadcast show. There is also some hope that this movie might encourage people to go check out the original TV show, and thus, increase the fandom.
It was pointed out that all the characters will like certain eras, so will dress or decorate their space within that era. So Vachon will like the 1980’s, while Nick is partial to the 1940’s (and Sean was inspired by Constantine (from the movie) so that explains how Nick is dressed).
They explained more about their Natalie character. She is still a medical examiner/coroner (not sure which since they said both: these are actually two different jobs and is not required that a coroner be able to perform an autopsy, but I think they meant for Natalie to be the medical examiner/pathologist). There is also an expansion of her family and in the movie we will meet her father, who is a Professor and scientist.
The vampire eyes will change color in the movie, depending on what the character is doing and what blood magic they are wielding. Instead of colored contact lenses and special lighting, Sean intends to use a program during editing that will track the eyes of the characters and digitally add in the color.
Nick is much older in the movie than in the show (he was brought across in 70 BC). When asked how old LaCroix is, since he is older than Nick, Sean did not answer, wanting to keep that a secret. Based on that, I have a vague idea of who LaCroix might be, but I won’t say here (you can PM me if you would like to know my idea).
There are many characters in the movie that haven’t really yet made it into any promo shots or filmed scenes that were discussed. There are three tribunals: one for vampires, lycans, and ghouls. To balance the strong human female character (Natalie), they have a strong vampire female character of Lily. Unlike Janette, Lily opposes Nick in their movie. Their Schanke character hasn’t been filmed yet (that is the next scene Sean wants to do), but he will still be a homicide Detective, but works privately with Nick on cases that involves supernaturals (so he knows about the supernatural world). Their Schanke also knows Nick is a vampire, so there will not be that tension as was in the show.
For more info and to catch their next live Q&A, check out the FK Facebook Page.
At this point writer sign ups are closed, but artist sign ups are open until October 5th 2017.
This is a big bang challenge for the sapphics, celebrating femslash pairings across many different fandoms. The main ones are RWBY, Star Trek, and Supergirl, plus more than ten others fandoms.
Authors have to write a minimum of 10,000 words, while artists have to create at least one piece based on the fic they claimed. Various types of art are allowed, including traditional and digital art, graphics, gifsets, moodboards, fanvideos, and fanmixes.
Fics and art pieces are due in late November.
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- I love worldbuilding and character pieces—stories that explore more deeply—through backstory, or by elaborating the setting/history/culture or exploring people's motivations and personal interactions.
- I prefer gen; but I'm not asking you to ignore canon relationships. However, I don't care for anything more than PG-13: explicit sexual detail is definitely a DNW for me. (When I encounter it in stories, I skim over it.) When pairings are essential to the story, I feel that curtainfic > romance > smut. BUT character and plot are the best!
- I love casefic; and, more generally, I like stories that are canon-compliant. The general exception to this is ignoring canonical character death if you want. (There may be other specific exceptions.)
- I'm okay with violence if necessary to the story; but not gore for the sake of gore. On the whole, I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. (I'm fine with having original characters murdered in casefic, and that sort of thing.)
- I enjoy comedy—being able to recognize the ridiculous when it pops up; also wit and wordplay. Having said that, I totally leave it up to you whether you write a serious or comic story—or a serious story with comic interludes.
- Having recently read some fic written in the second person, I find don't care for it. First person is okay, especially for book canons that were written that way by the author.
Blockbuster Pet Shop Commercials (Carl | Rabbit, Ray | Guinea Pig)
These commercials go back a ways, video rentals being a thing of the past nowadays. Inevitably, at the time, they were shown to death; but then a new one would come out, to be enjoyed ... for the first few times. They hold up well, all things considered.
Halloween at the pet shop. Feel free to use the mice, or other animals at the shop. Don't feel that you have to mention Blockbuster itself: as far as I'm concerned the actual ads aren't the point. I just think the characters are hilarious.
The main characters are the rabbit and guinea pig (often misstated to be a hamster), who share a cage in the pet-shop window, which looks out on a video-rental store across the street. The specials advertised in the window may have been the point of the ad from Blockbuster's perspective; but they are of far less interest to me. I just enjoyed the edgy friendship between the two pets, and (if you want) the other animals in the shop.
This is literally a five-minute fandom; and I doubt anyone would want to come up with a Yule-length fic for it. On the other hand, it strikes me as being well suited to the bite-size of ToT.
You can find most of the commercials on Youtube.
The Charioteer - Mary Renault (any nominated characters)
I'd like a seasonal story—but not necessarily Halloween (given that the book is set in the south of England). Could be autumn; could be a spooky element, could be World War 2 references.Halloween wasn't commonly celebrated in the south of England at the time this book is set. However, if you want to include Halloween, I'm sure you can contrive something plausible. Alternatively, you could write about Guy Fawkes Night (or the lack thereof, in war time). If you prefer not to write holiday fic, an autumn setting would be fine, especially if you work in appropriate wartime references.
Either tricks or treats could have a spooky element, such as ghosts, premonitions, bad dreams, or superstition; or, if you prefer something more realistic, there's the horror of an air raid.
DC New Earth (Crispus Allen, Daria "Dee" Hernandez, Josie MacDonald, Maggie Sawyer, Renee Montoya, Romy Chandler)
Halloween in Gotham. The GCPD copes. Casefic, team feels at the precinct, or focus on just one of the characters. If you want to use their personal lives, fine; but please bring in some of the GCPD side of things. Curtainfic > romance > smut BUT character and plot are the best! DNW the characters outside the Gotham Central timeline.The point of view in Gotham Central was an intriguing novelty at the time it was published. Even occasional stories focusing on non-costumed supporting cast were rare; a whole series devoted to them was unheard of. Yet, in Gotham Central, the focus was always on ordinary folks' perspective on life in Gotham. For the most part, costumed characters didn't appear: at most, they might be mentioned or make cameos. Nevertheless, this is Gotham, with all that implies for crazy danger.
The fact that the protagonists are detectives at Gotham Central means that they have to deal with the fallout from supervillainy as well as regular cop-type cases. And Halloween!—not just the perfect time for villains in fancy dress; but the time for little kids out trick-or-treating, and people having themed parties. Any of which might need the intervention of the GCPD.
The Flash (TV 2014) (Barry Allen, Leonard Snart, Lisa Snart, Mick Rory, Hartley Rathaway)
I'd like a story about the Rogues at Halloween. Whichever Rogues you want. Could be a heist, get-together at Saints and Sinners, personal time, etc. If you want to include Barry, I like ColdFlash (esp. the snarky tease), but would prefer the emphasis to be on character interaction. Humour would be great.I've read The Flash since Carmine Infantino days, which was a decade or two ago, to say the least. So, yes, there are obvious differences between the comics then and now; and The Flash TV series is its own thing. Still, each iteration can be enjoyed for itself; and I loved Season One enormously. Since then ... well, there's been a measure of drift, to put it mildly. Perhaps my biggest regret has been the diminished significance of Flash's Rogues Gallery. They've always been a distinctive crew; and I'd love to see any or all of them, with or without Flash himself.
I think the sign-up basically says it. However, if you don't want to work Halloween into the story, that's okay.
Forever Knight (any nominated characters)
With vampires in the cast, this show is made for Halloween stories. However, you have centuries of history to play with, depending on the character(s) you write about, as well as Nick's current role as a detective on the Toronto force. If you want to play with treats rather than tricks, then there's Halloween in the squad room or at the Raven; or maybe something about Schanke and his young daughter.If you've never heard of Forever Knight, it's a '90s TV series whose hero is a homicide detective on the Toronto police force who was turned into a vampire in 1228.
I love the cop aspect of the series, both the interplay back at the station, and also the detective story plots. I like both Tracy and Schanke as Nick's partner, as well as Natalie's role as pathologist. You might, on the other hand, prefer to write something with an historical focus. This could be about Nick's centuries' long history, on his own or with LaCroix and Janette. Alternatively, you could write about the vampires introduced in Season Three, Vachon and his crew, about whose past we know very little. Then again, of course, there's the vampire scene in Toronto. Basically, I'm pretty easy on what you write, though my preference is for gen. Any other characters you want to include would be fine. Do feel free to ignore "Last Knight" if you want.
Availability: Most of the series is available on DVD, and some episodes are on YouTube. There's a Forever Knight wiki, if you just want to check details.
Puck of Pook's Hill - Rudyard Kipling (Puck)
I'd like a seasonal story. Perhaps local harvest customs; or an autumn event in history that Puck brings someone to tell the children about. Or Guy Fawkes' Day: by the time Kipling wrote Puck of Pook's Hill, the south of England had pretty well abandoned Halloween for Guy Fawkes' Day. What's Puck's reaction to changing customs? Feel free to use other characters from the book(s).What it says on the tin.
Seriously, I am interested in this request; I just can't think of much more to say. Autumn rituals past and present, basically; but how you tackle it is up to you.
Available from Project Gutenberg.
Sime~Gen - Jacqueline Lichtenberg & Jean Lorrah (no characters were nominated)
Given the usual relationship between Simes and Gens (not to mention the tentacles that Simes have), there is an obvious horror element here that you might play with.In the Sime~Gen Universe (created by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and added to by Jean Lorrah), a mutation—natural or artificially induced—has created a split in humanity that is as fundamental as gender. Superficially, Gens look like modern-day humans; but they produce a life energy called "selyn". Simes must take selyn from Gens in order to survive; this is done through tentacles that they have on their forearms. For centuries, this is fatal to the Gen from whom the selyn is stripped. However, a new mutation among Simes produces "channels" who can take selyn safely from Gens, store it, and then pass it to regular-stype Simes. Eventually, there is a major cultural shift; but it takes literally centuries.
No characters were nominated: I'd like worldbuilding here, whether you write a trick or a treat. Any period in Sime~Gen history would be fine, from just after the time of the Ancients through to the Tecton; but I'd prefer that you not go into the space era.
Despite events in many stories, the authors have a basically romantic (if not absurdly optimistic) view of all this. I tend to see the series through less rosy spectacles.