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Mixed up vampires

TBQ and Keren both point out quite rightly that Angel(us) draws and paints; Spike wrote poetry when he was human. Having Angel write a poem to Spike or Spike sketching Angel lying naked in bed, doesn't work, and can make you look like, you haven't been watching the show(s).

Though I can see it working in a situation where the author makes it obvious that she's aware of that fact -- for instance, Angel making fun of William's bad poetry, and modern-day Spike challenging him to do better -- or Spike repaying Angel's gift of a naked painting of the two of them together, with stick-figure porn.

Not what I was going to say. What I was going to say was, Joss sort of buggered up his own canon, and confused the newbies, on the drawing!Spike issue. Spike's little shrine to Buffy in the basement of his crypt includes several sketches of her -- so unless they were ones that Angel did, and Spike managed to steal them from Buffy, or rescue them from the mansion/factory-ruins, Spike can at least sketch.

Note that I'm not suggesting people should run with this -- I'm more pointing out that Joss and co. can be just as guilty of muddying their own continuity. Granted, they're allowed, because it's their continuity, or lack thereof -- but it still makes me want to grab somebody and say "Look, we have a group of about 20 diehard fans with eyes, memories, critical thinking skills and in some cases postgraduate degrees. We'll work for free. Please? Please?


2002-06-06 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Addendum: another thing that gets on my nerves? Introducing a talent that could conceivably be entertaining to use again, and *not* using it.

Willow plays the piano. She doesn't like to play in front of people, at least not crowds, but you'd think somebody might have remembered this trait once she *stops* being the shy one. Never been mentioned again. And how many fics, post the high-school-story heyday of seaons 2 and 3, have used this? Very few, though it could theoretically be an interesting trait to work with in her relatinship with Tara, who demonstrably is a good singer. But who remembers the little factoid from "The Puppet Show" ? Nobody, because *Joss* doens't even remember it. Willow being able to play the piano isn't a one-off like tiny marshmallows -- it's a piece of early canon.

Me no talk about Anya being able to drive in Graduation Day, but not in Triangle. Me get pissy.


2002-06-06 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Actually, I'd always thought that as more time passed and Anya moved further away from beign a demon, and more and more into being human - the knowledge of *technolgy* gained when she was a demon disappeared.

I've also noticed that except for the wedding, and things pertinent to her. She hasn't excactly been the font of information about demons as one might think. And so it seemed possilbe that even more information had been lost.

And thus, her confidence in finding and doing spells etc, in the season finale; backed up my theory, that demonized again, she's in command of the information resources that some fics portray her as having, a female Giles - from the info standpoint.

Just my little baby thoughts.


2002-06-06 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh those are excellent observations tho....and very interesting.

OTOH, I too am willing to accept much of anything that makes AtS S:3 into better than crap.

And with fans like THAT, really, he *should* just hire us.