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This is a take off of the "Fandom As Exes" Meme that I did. Only I've modified it a tad and made it "Authors as Exes" because let's face it, I'm nothing if not a book geek.

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This is a take off of the "Fandom As Exes" Meme that I did. Only I've modified it a tad and made it "Authors as Exes" because let's face it, I'm nothing if not a book geek.

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My paper is due in about five hours and I still need to write the conclusive paragraph. Strangely, instead of thinking about that, I've been re-reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman book The Kindly Ones for some inspiration on how one handles writing a deity. Especially when said deity is a trickster as I finish up this oneshot.

I think I mentioned here before that it was Gaiman's writing of Loki that inspired me to take a crack at writing him myself. Although, I don't think I could ever make my trickster quite as ruthless and as cruel as Gaiman's. The fun (and the horror) one has in reading Gaiman's Loki is that he really maximizes on the idea that a trickster god can be dangerous. Even more dangerous than say, a regular god, because a trickster knows how humans think and he's prepared to really stab you where it hurts. He's a psychological torturer as well as a physical one and he's just so damn good at it. I love that even as he's terrorizing people, he takes a time out to talk to them and sound genuinely interested in how they view the world because he finds humans to be so limited and pitiable.

The Kindly Ones is just chock full of some great Loki quotables. If I was to make a comparison, I'd say my trickster's the 12 year old, playground hair-pulling version of Gaiman's trickster. Who's a lot older, wiser with more cunning and who grew up from being that pig-tail puller to a sociopath.

I could write up all the good lines Gaiman's given him, but there's only one that really stuck to me that kind of summed him up perfectly, especially considering what was going on while he said it. But as a line itself, it's pretty damn perfect for characterization:

"I am Loki, who is fire and wit and hate. I am Loki and I will be under an obligation to no one."

Thanks, Papa Gaiman! I'll be finishing up that oneshot now!
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My paper is due in about five hours and I still need to write the conclusive paragraph. Strangely, instead of thinking about that, I've been re-reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman book The Kindly Ones for some inspiration on how one handles writing a deity. Especially when said deity is a trickster as I finish up this oneshot.

I think I mentioned here before that it was Gaiman's writing of Loki that inspired me to take a crack at writing him myself. Although, I don't think I could ever make my trickster quite as ruthless and as cruel as Gaiman's. The fun (and the horror) one has in reading Gaiman's Loki is that he really maximizes on the idea that a trickster god can be dangerous. Even more dangerous than say, a regular god, because a trickster knows how humans think and he's prepared to really stab you where it hurts. He's a psychological torturer as well as a physical one and he's just so damn good at it. I love that even as he's terrorizing people, he takes a time out to talk to them and sound genuinely interested in how they view the world because he finds humans to be so limited and pitiable.

The Kindly Ones is just chock full of some great Loki quotables. If I was to make a comparison, I'd say my trickster's the 12 year old, playground hair-pulling version of Gaiman's trickster. Who's a lot older, wiser with more cunning and who grew up from being that pig-tail puller to a sociopath.

I could write up all the good lines Gaiman's given him, but there's only one that really stuck to me that kind of summed him up perfectly, especially considering what was going on while he said it. But as a line itself, it's pretty damn perfect for characterization:

"I am Loki, who is fire and wit and hate. I am Loki and I will be under an obligation to no one."

Thanks, Papa Gaiman! I'll be finishing up that oneshot now!

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