Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Hey, What About (insert name here)?
In my last post, I mentioned that there aren't very many fanfics about the two characters who represent Presidents' Day on Holiday Island. It was (mostly) a joke, but it got me thinking about other minor characters who haven't gotten much fanfic attention. Certain supporting characters, like Aunt Amy, Tommy Sherman, and Ted DeWitt-Clinton, have had major roles or even been the main characters in numerous fanfics even though they only appeared on the show two or three times.
Then there are the backgrounders, characters who appear in various episodes but generally don't have speaking roles or even names aside from the ones given to them in fanon. Recently, characters like Shaggy, Burnout Girl, Bob the punk, and many more have taken center stage in lots of fanfics, getting character development never dreamed of by the show's writers.
But what about the rest? The characters who were important enough to have names and occasional speaking roles, but not important enough to appear more than a handful of times each? I'm thinking about characters like David Sorenson, one of the rare smart people on the show and, as a tutor, probably witness to the inner workings of plenty of families in Lawndale. Or Axl, who must have a few interesting stories to tell about the alternative culture as he interacts with the patrons of Dega Street. Unlikable as the character is, I'd bet a writer could have lots of fun writing about a day in the life of Val (as in Val).
Who would you like to see more of in a fanfic? Wannabe Brooke? Retro Nathan? One of the Wandering Lanes? Post your thoughts in the comments!