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Auron: a fanfic writer's biggest dilemma

Spoilers to end of game follow.

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SO. Auron. Lulu is only loved by some, but by most accounts Auron is the best-loved character of FFX, and rightly so: he carries the archetype of ronin, wise elder, and tragic figure so well.

Almost any Auron fan wishes he weren't dead, or at least that he weren't Sent at the end of the story. It's a natural instinct to want to pen a story bringing him back, giving him a second chance, raging against that horrible moment when Yunalesca robbed him of his life. He was only what, 25?

Here is the dilemma. It is so tempting to want to give him that second chance, bring him back from the dead. We hate it when good characters die.

Yet part of the appeal of Sir Auron is that he's doomed and faces his fate calmly. "That is my story." "Don't stop. It's been long enough. This is your world now." Would we find him interesting if he weren't Unsent, if he survived the quest and retired to open a swordsmanship training school for disaffected monks? Probably we'd still like him, but it loses much of the tragic and romantic aspect of the character. It's like Boromir coming back in book three and saying, "psyche, it was only a flesh wound!"

Or, to put it in more general terms: one of the most common moves in fanfic is to resurrect well-loved characters who died in canon. Does that ever work? Or is it one of those mistakes like Mary Sue that one should resist?

 

Comments

auronlu
Mar. 29th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
Don't tempt me. However, it's clear that I need to play X-2 and get the rest of canon firmly lodged in my skull before I inflict this drek on anyone other than Trekqueen, who's far too patient with my bad habits.

*eyes the horribly angst-overdone fragment I wrote shortly after Send Off, before I had the foggiest clue what happened to all the surviving characters in canon*

I might rewrite and post it someday. Auron is dead. For me, there is no question that one could ever bring him to life again. However, I am unable to ignore the fact that Seymour, Mika, Belgemene and various other Unsent managed to stick around quite awhile. Each one had a danged good reason (or a bad but compelling one.)

However, the wiser part of me thinks that pyrefly_sky is on target, and Auron was so very ready to be Sent that it would be cruel to him to make him "play at life" for any reason, ever again. Meh. We'll see. I've got a lot of other stuff to write first, and research and moderator duties keep me verra busy!
pyrefly_sky
Mar. 29th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
Auron is dead. For me, there is no question that one could ever bring him to life again. However, I am unable to ignore the fact that Seymour, Mika, Belgemene and various other Unsent managed to stick around quite awhile.

Auron already stuck around for Ten years, he trumped all of them! ~_^

odd sidenote: he must have had great focus to not become a fiend in that time.
trekqueen
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
I dont want to ruin it for anyone but there's a side character who has beaten them all for being an Unsent running around. We find out his truth in FFX-2 and that he's been around since the downfall and destruction of Zanarkand.
pyrefly_sky
Mar. 30th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
I really need to finish that game now... ^_^
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