Character Assassination

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Title: Character Assassination
Creator: Queen of Cups
Date(s): early 2000s?
Medium: online
Fandom: Buffy & Angel
External Links: Queen of Cups essay, Archived version
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Character Assassination is an essay by Queen of Cups.

It is one of many essays at Octaves, a Buffy and Angel website.

"The Queen of Cups takes a look at some of the most common blunders made when writing characters."


The words I dread most in beta are "warning: OOC" Out Of Character.

Characterisation. It's a vital part of any piece. If you can't recognise the characters, then it ain't fanfic - simple as that. It doesn't matter if you take the characters and read them a little differently - God, I make Spike and Angel gay fairly often (as well as quite a few others) and it works.

The reason it works is because the characters are true to their known personalities. Take away their most common traits and you have just a couple of vampires getting it on, and though that may be lovely, it's not fanfic. If you just want to put people together - change their names and make it original fic - don't kill my favourite people.

All characters are prone to being altered, but for some reason Spike has been getting it bad lately. The urge to pair him with Buffy has had people falling over themselves to show what a sensitive guy he is. Ugh!