I stayed up all night last night to watch Supergirl (Germany is several time zones ahead of the U.S. so it was around 3:30 a.m. before it was even uploaded). It was Alex Danvers’ (Chyler Leigh) coming out episode – the most important coming out at least since it was to her sister Kara, or Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). And it made an emotional mess of me.
Why am I telling you this, you might wonder. Well, last week I jokingly (and it was only meant as a joke, believe me) wrote that I might have to start a Supergirl fanfiction because of that character – Alex Danvers. Right now, the joke’s on me because I did start a Supergirl fanfic. It’s called Saving Danvers and it’s going great.
Basically, my writing activity right now is limited to my two fanfictions, Six Degrees of Queer which is slowly ending, and Saving Danvers which is (to me) a break from script because fanfiction has always been about romance for me. (Yes, I might have written a feminist Potter-story, but that was for a college project.) It was about the ship, the pairing, how they meet, how they get together, how they make love for the first time, how they handle their everyday life together.
Saving Danvers, though, it might be my first adventure story. Sure, Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) (Alex’ love interest on the show) will be in it, but, like the show, this story is more about Alex and her relationship to Kara. But it’s also much more about Alex because that character resonates with me.
I’m a tv junkie, I’ve watched so many shows in my life, most of which I stopped watching at some point because they ruined a favorite character or a plotline didn’t sit right with me, or I never really liked anyone on it. Shows, to me, are mostly about characters. That’s why I stopped watching Buffy after Tara (Amber Benson) died and only picked the last season up more than ten years later. That’s why we all pretend the last season of Warehouse 13 never happened because making Pete (Eddie McClintock who, interestingly, has also been son Supergirl) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) a couple felt awkward at best, incestuous at worst. And that’s why I’m still in mourning over Person of Interest which was such a well-written show until they made Root (Amy Acker) the victim of a lazy trope.
And this is where Alex entered, and Supergirl, and James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), Winn (Jeremy Jordan), Hank (David Harewood)… a good superhero show, a light superhero show with some dark elements. And it inspires me. TV sometimes hands you a tale you can’t resist, a universe that you want to expand on. And if you’re a writer you write fanfiction… even if you secretely think you should build your own writing-verse, should write OCs, should research something other than the comic book background of the characters you’re writing at the moment.
Yes, I’m a little bitter about that. But I’m also excited to be writing again every day. I’m excited to submerge into such amazing characters. I’m excited about writing. And about NaNoWriMo. And I’m still behind on my word count (16,147 to date), but I’m making progress. I’m writing an adventure.
So, what’re you working on? What’re your experiences with fanfiction? And what did you think of last night’s Supergirl (did you cry?)? Tell me in the comments.