Del Floria's Interview with Nakeisha

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Title: Del Floria's Interview with Nakeisha
Interviewer: Del Floria (Live Journal)
Interviewee: Nakeisha
Date(s): February 12, 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Man from U.N.C.L.E.
External Links: full interview is here; Archive
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Contents

Del Floria's Interview with Nakeisha is an interview with a Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan.

It is part of a series at Del Floria's. See Del Floria's Interview Series.

Excerpts

How would you respond to a critic who says, "Oh, you write fan fiction. You’re not a real writer." I may not be a 'real' writers insofar as I don't get paid for what I am producing and the stories I write wouldn't have a market anyway. However, I put words on a page, I tell a story, I weave a coherent tale. Technically I am as much a writer as a professional writer who gets paid for what they do. Fanfic is a legitimate creative pursuit and I believe the day will come when it will have more credence.
What do you look for in other writers' work? The ability to tell a good story. The ability to convince me that the characters would behave as they do in the situation they are placed in, even if the writer's interpretation isn't exactly the same as mine. To show me they love the show and the characters and writing about them. I would far rather have a story that shows the writer's love and passion for the characters and for the story they are telling that had a handful of typos than a story that was technically perfect but that seemed 'cold' and detached and when I didn't get the feeling the writer cared about the characters or their story.
Why MFU? What is it about the show that fuelled your creativity? The characters: Napoleon and Illya in particular, but also Mr. Waverly, who is a very important part of U.N.C.L.E. - without him things would be very different. However, as much as I love and am intrigued by and interested in Alexander Waverly, my main focus is the relationship between Napoleon and Illya; how their partnership works; how two diverse men have come together to form not only a strong and solid partnership, but also a close and intimate friendship. And how the episodes contained so much sub-text, it was easy to move from beyond the friendship into a romantic and sexual relationship - I only write slash in MFU.