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28 September 2010 @ 03:39 pm
Silly Question for Fanfic Writers  
I've been trying to think of a way to ask this without it sounding like I'm bitching or belittling anyone but its something that I've wondered about for a while just because it bugs me.

Why put the character(s) entire name in the story? (Example: While strolling through the forest Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell looked over at Dr. Daniel Jackson and smiled.) I mean, we know the characters whole name already, we watch the show and know the people. And yet its done by a great many writers and occasionally multiple times within the same story. Now if it's another character saying the name (like Teal'c or some random alien) I get why the whole name is used but just in the story set up? Not so much.

I can also get if it's just a personal choice in how to tell the story, but the way I've always approached it is that we're getting a glimpse of something that happens to the people we already know and so what we see should reflect that or the POV of the character telling the story to us.

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Kernezelda: avatarkernezelda on September 28th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that can break up my concentration on a story. Meh.

Hey, do you watch the Sci-Fi series Haven? It's based on a Stephen King short story called "The Colorado Kid" which I haven't read, and it's a kind of badly-written show, but I like it.
Kazkazbaby on September 28th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that can break up my concentration on a story. Meh.

It throws me out of the story quickly but at least the majority of the time its done at the beginning of the fic.

I've seen one episode of Haven but haven't had a chance to see more than that (I rarely get to watch what I want, chances drop when its scifi). I was wanting to check it out just for the fact it is based on a King story.
Kernezelda: SG1 sleeping beautykernezelda on September 28th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
If you want, I can burn the series so far to disk and mail it to you. I mean, it's not good, but I like the characters.
Garnet Johnson-Koehngjohnsonkoehn on October 1st, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
I would imagine it's because fic writers approach their work from the perspective of general fiction writers, as evidenced by the professionally produced works they read. And in those professionally produced works, characters are always introduced by their full names at least once. Even in licensed works, like Star Trek or Star Wars novels, writers put in the full names and titles near the beginning, just to make sure everyone's on the same page.