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Inspiration from the strangest places

The inspiration for the psychic Gift of Nokwahl, the main character in my first novel ("I'll Tell You No Lies") and of the second one I'm writing, was from a Star Trek episode. It was an episode where someone (I think it was Geordi) was being tortured and having his brain reprogrammed by the Romulans, and one of the Romulan torturers was identified as being a reverse empath... having the ability to make someone feel anything the reverse empath wanted to them to feel.

I was immediately taken by this idea, and decided to give this power to Nokwahl. And considering her personal history, I doubt I could have thought of a Gift more suited to her. And seeing as she's somewhat of a superhero, and considering that many superheros are ambivalent about their powers, her Gift of reverse empathy - and the fact that she discovers her Gift on accident, using it accidentally on an innocent - it is so perfect for her!

Chaotic Blessings;
---Fay

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consortofvenus
Feb. 17th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
I've gotten inspiration from Star Trek. It's so... diverse and tackles so many issues.

The original Star Trek episode where those two aliens who were basically the same (face- black on one side and white on the other- only black was on the left side for one, and the right for the other)- they were the last of each of their species and they hated each other simply because they were different. Trying to destroy each other. All these subleties within the story... even the victomized guy fighting for his rights was "in the wrong". It was inspiring.

Rant over.

I just love Star Trek! *passes out*

I think I'm officially a fan-boy.
fayanora
Feb. 17th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Star Trek! It does indeed cover a variety of issues. Did you ever see that episode that covered homosexuality and transgendered issues at once?
consortofvenus
Feb. 17th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Well. Hmmm. There was one I remember about the aliens from TNG who don't usually have genders but some were rejecting the norm and not having their "unnatural" gender-developments "cured". That episode bugged me... but I guess you can't always have a happy ending. I'd have said "fuck this planet" and asked for refuge on The Enterprise. Was homosexuality covered in that? I don't remember if it was directly, but maybe implied when they mentioned sexual relationships developing between in secret between gender-fied people.

There was that reverse-universe in DS9 where all the women were bisexual or homosexual (most of them as far as I could tell) and very...active.

The only complaint I have about Star Trek is that in the universe of focus EVERYONE IS HETERO. At least, there were no homosexual relationships or even implications (flirting etc.). BAH! You know, I know even now that there's only a small perceptage relatively of homosexuals in the population of North America (10 perent or something) but in this show that represents all thse ideals of respect and freedom... Not one serious homosexual relationship? Not a flirt (unless you want to count Dax kissing her old girl-friend from when she was a man)? Really, I think they're sending a message. I might be crazy but I see a blatent dismissle of homosexuality. And I don't say that lightly, because I have no complaints for a lot of shows that do not include homosexual people. But with what Star Trek symbolizes- it seems horribly out of place.

BUT! The new series, Enterprise, is pretty ground-breaking. It crosses a few subtle lines that the other Star Treks have not. And it seems to be fitting in with current pop-culture somewhat- being a product of its time. And with homosexuality being so talked-about I see potential for them to include it. I'd like to see a homosexual male as a regular character that is balanced and has a few deep relationships. But, if they do it, they'll probably go with a woman homosexual/bisexual since it's more acceptable to the fans for the mere fact that more people think of it as "sexy" rather than male homosexuality. Bah.
fayanora
Feb. 18th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
There was one I remember about the aliens from TNG who don't usually have genders but some were rejecting the norm and not having their "unnatural" gender-developments "cured". That episode bugged me.

That's the one I mean.

There was that reverse-universe in DS9 where all the women were bisexual or homosexual (most of them as far as I could tell) and very...active.

0_0 I missed that one! Which season? Which episode? TELL ME!

The only complaint I have about Star Trek is that in the universe of focus EVERYONE IS HETERO. At least, there were no homosexual relationships or even implications (flirting etc.).

They had to keep it family friendly. But yeah, that bugs me too.

Enterprise, is pretty ground-breaking.

Indeed. It has potential, for sure.

Oh dude, I just remembered something... they DID cover homosexuality, on DS9... Dax fell back in love with a wife from a former life. It was a sad love tale, because their relationship (because it was a lover from a past life).
consortofvenus
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
http://www.gaire.com/trek/vulcan.htm this page, although I'm sure most of it is a bit of a joke, reminded me of one episode with "a bisexual warlord"--- this one was pretty straight-fowardly bisexual as I remember. This page also mentions the DS9 alternate universe episodes, because it's a gay-trekkies site, and there was a lot in those episodes to talk about on a gay-trek site.

I don't remember which seasons these episodes were on, but there were several of them that had to do with the alternate universe. I'm pretty sure that it's an update of that alternate universe that the original Star Trek dealt with. DS9 was pretty random with it and used it as a standby it seems. I did a google search for you:

A review on the final alternate universe episode:

http://www.st-hypertext.com/ds9-7/emperor.html

And here's another review of the alternate universe episodes in general:

http://scifi.about.com/library/weekly/aa021099.htm

The reason I mentioned it- most of the women being bisexual/homosexual- if you're easily entertained by women overly getting it on with each other all the time... then you'll love these episodes.

Leeta: "Captain Smiley wants me to de-brief you"
Edzri: "It must be my lucky day!"

heh.
consortofvenus
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
overtly getting it on**

alternate-Kira has slave men and slave women in her quarters much of the time...
fayanora
Feb. 19th, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
Cool! Thanks!
consortofvenus
Feb. 19th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Welcome!
fayanora
Feb. 19th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
I remember that the Intendant also had a major crush on Kira...
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