Date: 2006-07-23 10:38 am (UTC)
I have to confess that I rarely ever read stories that focus on characters who aren't the leads, in part because I'm often so besotted with my favorites that nothing else will do, but also because (and here's where I may also be a 'bad fan') I never remember who they are. I have a big problem with names, in RL and in everything I consume, media-wise. I can't remember the names of bands, I watch movies and come out not remembering a single name, and the names of secondary characters just rarely ever stick. I like stories that people Atlantis with lots of canon characters, but I won't necessarily know that that's what you're doing unless you allude to who that person is in some other way. I'm often amazed at the level of detail that some people can provide for these more fleeting characters, sometimes immediately after an episode; I'm still at "that guy with the thing who did the...thing," long after the ep is over and discussion has petered out. I just don't know who anybody is.

If I were to write a story wherein I used some of these characters, I'd do the research and find out who they are and what they've done and how to spell their names, but they have no draw for me in other people's stories, probably unfortunately for me. I know there are people who can write stories that move toward 'original' fic (in many fandoms) by focusing on the lives of these hardly-known characters, and that's pretty cool, but I'm missing most of them.
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