McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with Pollitt

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with Pollitt
Interviewee: Pollitt
Date(s): August 2, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: online here; WebCite
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Pollitt was interviewed in 2009 for McShep Match.

It is part of this series: McShep Match Interview Series.


How long have you been writing fan fiction and/or making fan art and/or whatever else (vids, knitted goods, pornographic gingerbread cookies)?

I've been writing fan fiction since 2000 (although, looking back, I was writing stories about actors and fictional characters when I was in middle and high school.)...

SGA is my primary fandom. I also currently write in hewligan universes (including Thoughtcrimes/Boa vs Python), Donald Stratchey Mysteries, and Shelter. I also have a deep love for Doctor Who, and am growing more and more fond of Merlin as I watch more.

My first fandom was Oz, followed quickly by due South, which was my primary fandom before SGA. I have also written in Harry Potter, House, Horatio Hornblower, Good Omens, the Oceans movies, and a handful of others.

Why do you ship McKay/Sheppard? What draws you to the pairing, what do you like and dislike? Favourite scenes or episodes? Quotes? Screencaps? What other SGA pairings do you ship?

Because they belong together and belong to one another :) They snark, they banter, they spend their free time playing games with one another and racing RC cars down hallways on the far side of Atlantis. John has found a home and family, and Rodney has found someone who smiles and rolls his eyes when Rodney goes on a tangent and loves him anyway.

I love the fact that they take turns saving one another's lives, because it matters--one another's life matters. In "The Shrine," when Rodney's brilliant mind is slipping away from him, where does he go? He runs to John, who refuses to say goodbye, who will be there with Rodney to remind Rodney who he is. Tell me that's not true love.

One of my favorite scenes, one that isn't among the usual suspects, is in "Doppelganger" when John shows up in the observation room and he looks down into the isolation room and says, in that low, raspy voice, "It's in Rodney." And you can hear the emotion in his voice. And there's Rodney, brave Rodney, looking up and asking for coffee.

Which group do you think has more influence on how the audience perceives a character: the author? or the actor?

I think it's a combination of both, but I think that an actor, if they've taken ownership of a role, if they have taken the time to know their character, has more influence over how the audience perceives the character. Because they do live in their character's skin.