Did you know that May is National Moving month (or that such a thing existed?), nope, neither did I. Moving is a typical plot prompt used in fandoms to start a story, inject new characters or just shake things up a little when they get stale. So this week for Seriously Geeky Sundays we’re asking you to think about what happens when characters move in or away in your fandoms!
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My answers for week #6
What was the most recent fandom that started with someone new moving to town?
As a fandom, The Good Witch is the epitome of the moving to town trope, and it’s one of those things that really shouldn’t work. It’s a trope blatantly staring you in the face saying, hi I’m a trope, yep, I know I am. The creators even used the exact same move twice and it still worked brilliantly. Beginning life as a serious of Hallmark movies, the main character, Cassie Nightingale moves to town and stirs up trouble with her witchy ways. When the fandom was reinvented as a TV Show in 2015 it began with another newcomer moving to town and stirring up trouble; Doctor Sam Radford.
Tell us about your favourite character who left home to find their fortune.
I’ve talked a lot about Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet, but I’ve not spoken much about the first girl who followed in her footsteps after they were allowed to become knights. Keladry of Mindelan, aka Kel, came from a unique family that had spent time abroad in a land where women learned to fight. Kel grew up in a completely different environment compared to most young girls, and when the family returned to Tortall her parents supported her decision to apply to become a page. Doing so meant leaving her family behind for several years of training to become a knight. It wasn’t quite finding her fortune, but it was during a time of war and as the first girl to try for her Shield Kel had to deal with a lot of other obstacles. You can join Kel on her journey in the Protector of the Small quartet.
Sometimes moving to a new place can put a character exactly where they’re supposed to be; who does this make you think of?
I’m just finishing the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, and while I don’t know how things are going to end, the entire experience for Apollo has been for the better. It’s definitely a more unconventional move, being dumped out of Olympus by your godly father Zeus and being turned into a pimply mortal teenager, but considering the lessons he’s learned along the way, I think it’s exactly what and where Apollo needed to be.
Not all new neighbours are benign, sometimes the devil comes to town (literally). Who was the most interesting villain to come to town?
For me, the most interesting villain that came to town was Marcus Pierce in Lucifer. From the first moment, there was something mysterious about him but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it. It was obvious that he fit into the Christian pantheon somehow and it was great fun trying to figure out who he was, and whether he was friend or foe. Tom Welling played him so well as well.
Not everyone sticks around; no fandom would be complete without the wandering passerby. Which one stuck in your mind?
I think it’s probably going to be the Death and the reapers from Supernatural, whoever it is at the time. Given the Winchesters penchant for avoiding death, the reapers are always looking forward to finally getting their hands on them, and it’s always amusing when one of them pops up in an episode. (Please note I’ve not finished the show, I’m on season 14.14, so no spoilers please!).
Which character shook things up just a bit too much and made a complete mess of things?
The NCIS: LA team are great at what they do, but they are unconventional and every so often they piss off someone in Washington which means someone appears with orders to take over or split up the team. Some of them come to respect the team and their ways, others cause a big splash and an even bigger one when they leave. One of these was Shay Mosley who came with her own staff, her own way of doing things and her own agenda which she didn’t tell anyone about until things got serious. She left the team with a huge mess and then asked their help to clean it up! The nerve of the woman.
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