This week’s Seriously Geeky Sundays topic should probably be called The One With the pun. Sorry to anyone who was hoping for a Friends inspired set of questions! I did throw one in there for you so I hope you don’t feel too bad 😉 This week is all about fictional friendships and takes its inspiration from a classic group of friends; Winnie the Pooh and friends. Today is Winnie the Pooh Day, celebrating author A.A. Milne and his stories.
I have a confession to make; I have never got the infatuation with Winnie the Pooh. When I was in college it had a mass revival and all my classmates were completely in love with him. I just never understood it. I remember getting a Winnie the Pooh photo frame from a relative and refused to use it; my mum still has it. It was one Disney film I just never saw the appeal in. I can’t deny though that Winnie and his friends are the perfect example of a group of fictional friends. With them in mind let’s dive into today’s Seriously Geeky Sundays theme!
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The one with friends
My answers for week #42
In the last fandom you enjoyed, what was your favourite friendship?
I started watching a new show this week called Hudson & Rex and the show is named after a detective Charlie Hudson who works Major Crimes alongside his canine partner Rex. As many people have heard me say on Twitter this week; I’m an absolute sucker for working animals. I immediately fell in love with this show, including the relationships of the characters. The friendship between these two is so much fun to watch.
Which character/s would you like to be best friends with?
People that know me probably won’t be surprised by this one, although they may be surprised that it isn’t a Star Wars character! Unsurprisingly it’s a DC character. I’d love to be best friends with Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl. Not only does she have an amazing intellect, but she’s also been a librarian and she’s disabled. Her implant may allow her to walk, but as seen on many occasion that is as much a walking aid like a wheelchair or a crutch; it’s just much more high tech. It fails too regularly for anyone, Babs including, to consider it a “cure”.
She’s also got a fully eidetic memory, aka a photographic memory. While my memory is nowhere near as good as hers – I can’t instantly memorise engineering plans, for example, and I doubt anyone really can – it would be nice to have a friend to talk to who knows what it’s like to not be able to forget things. Especially the bad stuff. I’m not going to go as far as to diagnose Babs with PTSD, however, we know she’s been through a huge amount of trauma in her life. Due to her eidetic memory, she can’t ever forget a single detail, and as someone with PTSD and a photographic memory, I know exactly what that’s like.
Other than bonding over the good and the bad, Babs is just an awesome person who strives to make the world a better place whether it’s as Batgirl or as Barbara Gordon. Who wouldn’t want her as a bestie?
What fictional friendship has stood the test of time in your eyes?
It’s got to be Batman and Superman for me. Debuting separately in the 1940s, their friendship started in a crossover in 1952 and went from there. As much as I love the whole of the Justice League, I live for the Batman and Superman only team-ups so much more and really wish we had a version of this on TV.
They are two such very different characters, and due to this, they balance each other out. It’s for this reason that it’s a friendship that I feel it is a friendship that has stood the test of time. It’s not perfect and they’ve come to blows on multiple occasion and will continue to do so, but when it comes to the important stuff they will always be there for one another.
At least in the Earth One universe 😉
Reimagine a group of fictional friends as Winnie and friends; who is Piglet, Tigger or Eyeore?
I decided to pick the Lucifer for this one! This may include what some people might consider minor spoilers for the show as I allude to some things so stop reading now if you don’t want them.
Christopher Robin is Chloe:
Chloe sees each of her friends for who they truly are, and just like Christopher Robin, she’s able to bring out the best in them. Throughout the show she coaxes each of them to move past their insecurities and anxieties and to play on their strengths, helping to bring out their talents. Likewise, she knows who to partner up with who to compliment their skills. In the earlier seasons of the show, Chloe has been the one who has led the team to work together to solve problems together. In season 6 we see that her work has resulted in them being able to function together even if she’s not there to oversee them.
Tigger is Lucifer:
An impulsive, adventurous extrovert who loves fun? That could only be one person in this show. Yep, the devil himself. Like Tigger Lucifer doesn’t always think things through and gets caught up in his plotting and games, completely losing sight of the big picture. He brings excitement and energy to the group, and skills that no one else has just like Tigger.
Winnie the Pooh is Charlotte:
Charlotte was a very complicated character in Lucifer and I don’t want to give any spoilers here, so this is relating to Season 3.
Charlotte is a sweet character, however, she takes her lead from other characters just like Pooh does. While she’s a fantastic lawyer, she doesn’t really go out of her way to do anything major. She tries her best to fit in, to help everyone and when there’s a chance to plan a party she goes all in. Like Pooh, she can be insightful and thoughtful at times, but she is pretty much there to support everyone else.
Piglet is Ella:
Ella is clever, wonderfully friendly and a lovely person, but just like Piglet she never picks a side in an argument and just wants everyone to make up. She rarely does anything without following Lucifer or Chloe’s lead, and when she does it’s a quick impulsive ‘I better do this now before I chicken out’ gesture. On the surface, she seems like a really extroverted character, however, I think she’s much more of a Piglet and suffers from self-doubt a lot. Just like Piglet she’s incredibly brave in a crisis and always comes through for her friends.
Eeyore is Mazikeen:
Leaving hell with Lucifer may have been her duty, however, it’s been a tough time for Mazikeen and she’s the Eeyore of the group. Although Dan rivals her at times, he has things in his life that lift him out of his slumps at times, whereas Mazikeen constantly falls back into self-destructive behaviour over her lot in life as a demon.
Kanga is Linda:
Linda is the glue that holds the group together. Whether it’s as their official or unofficial therapist, or just as their close friend, she’s the mother-like figure of the group that they come to for help. She can’t help it, she’s automatically tuned to listen and to reach out to help people. Just like Kanga though she often lets their issues take over her life and doesn’t take time to look after herself.
Roo is Trixxie:
Like Roo, Trixxie is absorbing everything in the world around her (perhaps a little bit too much from Maz for Chloe’s liking 😉 ) and looks up to the Tigger of the group. She’s lively and energetic, and the youngest member of the group. That’s where the similarities end though because unlike Roo this girl is not naive. She’s a clever kid and doesn’t blindly accept what she’s told.
Rabbit is Dan:
Dan is Mr dependable of the group, and as another detective was not particularly happy when Lucifer turned up and started “consulting” on cases. It completely rubbed him the wrong way, messing with the way he likes things done and this is exactly like Rabbit. Rabbit is obsessed with rules and order and likes things done his way. Like Rabbit, Dan gets irritated easily when his neat world is turned upside down and he loses his temper with people close to him. Deep down Rabbit really cares about his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Dan does everything he can to try to help his friends when he can.
Owl is Amenadiel:
Like Owl Amenadiel is one of the oldest of the group and presents himself as a mentor to them, however, as time goes on we learn that he’s just like everyone else. As an angel, he considers himself to be above others and offers advice with an air of arrogance even though that advice may not be of any use at all. Over time Amenadiel begins to recognise his own arrogance after he’s been taken down several pegs, however, from time to time that old arrogance still pops up.
Sometimes friendships don’t last; which fictional friendship do you miss?
When I wrote this question I was thinking of friendships that had “broken up”, however, once I thought of this one I couldn’t get it out of my head; Han Solo and Chewbacca from Star Wars. In both canons, their relationship has met an unhappy ending with Chewie dying tragically in the Legends timeline, and obviously, Han dying in the new Disney one. It’s a legendary friendship that will be sorely missed.
Pick a fandom where the main cast is made up of teenagers/young adults and reimagine them in a Friends-esque sitcom. Who’s living together? Who dated who? etc.
I decided to go with Percy Jackson and the Olympians because reimagining these guys grown-up sounds like so much fun. I’m going full-on sitcom here so don’t hate on me for any pairings here. I don’t necessarily believe that any of these characters should belong together or break up, I’m just doing this as a creative exercise. As far as I’m concerned whatever the amazing Rick Riordan writes is what is meant to be.
So let’s imagine it’s been 20 years since the events of the most recent book series in the Percy Jackson universe, The Trials of Apollo, (NB: I’ve not finished this series so only going by what I know and I’m also not including spoilers).
Percy and Annabeth are still together because let’s face it, after everything they’ve been through as teens nothing is ever going to be powerful enough to break them up. I’m not even sure death will be, to be honest. They have one toddler and another on the way! Annabeth went on to become a recognised name in architecture, whereas Percy helps out training the next generation of demigods at Camp Halfblood and Camp Jupiter while looking after their kid.
I’m a hapless romantic; Frank and Hazel are also still together. It’s not been quite the peaceful road as it has been for Percy and Annabeth though. They were on-again, off-again as the pair decided what to do with their lives between battles. One of them wants to settle down, the other doesn’t.
Piper never quite got over her broken heart and went on a self-destructive binge. As a daughter of Aphrodite, she lost her faith in love, believing only in lust. At one point she found solace in the arms of her best friend Leo who was also mourning, and they become the Ross and Rachel of the Percy Jackson sitcom.
As time went on Nico fully embraced who he is, his sexuality, his parentage and powers, and is living his best life. He’s the flamboyant and strange uncle that everyone loves, and he works to help other demi-gods and young people feel happy and safe in the world. He’s amassed quite the fortune and donates anonymously to charities worldwide.
Reyna found it hard to open up to someone, and when she did find someone it came from a surprising source. Not from Camp Jupiter or Camp Half-Blood, it was someone from a different pantheon altogether. She now works alongside her partner as part of a new organisation they created to connect all the pantheons together in times of crisis.
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