Author has written 20 stories for New Jedi Order, Harry Potter, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars, Beka Cooper series, Song of the Lioness, Star Wars, Mercy Thompson series, Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
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"Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don't do it for money. That's not what it's about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They're fans, but they're not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language."
—Lev Grossman, TIME, July 18, 2011
I'm a college student with too many ideas in her head but am too lazy or stressed (exhausted) to get them all written. I'm majoring in theology and minoring in psychology and history. My heart is currently taken by and divided between many fictional characters.
My first venture into FFN was in the Katherine Kurtz Deryni Chronicles fandom (because Alaric Morgan is effing awesome) and is now deleted, but now I mainly write in Star Wars and J.R.R. Tolkien's universe. If you have any questions about one of my stories, or wish to use an idea from one of them, please, p.m. me, and we'll talk about it!
Journey of Revolution Universe
With my permission and delight, Jade_Max has wrote a prequel to JoR, Catalyst, and is currently writing a revised version of JoR- Catalytic Consequences (tentatively titled) that will soon be published.
I go by the account name emja on Archive of Our Own. I do not update this account near as much, and you may find content there that you will not find there on FFN. I have an account on Deviant Art that I go by emjalen on. You may find references in my stories to artists there who have inspired me. I also have an account on Adultfanfiction.net, which is not affiliated with FFN in any way, shape, or form. I also go by the penname emjalen there and urge you to obey the site's rules regarding age.
Pairings that I Ship and Why
[To those of you who just want to check out what else I've written, I apologize; please just skim to the bottom.]
I'm a little horrified that I'm posting this, but I thought it might save me some time down the line. Generally, I'm receptive to any couple as long as its well-thought out and makes sense. I don't participate in shipping wars. As someone who has never seen a functioning, serious romance in my life with the exception of my very elderly grandparents, I enjoy reading about it. More important, however, a lot of people on FFN have romance as a main component as in their stories, if not the only reasons they write; romance certainly also plays a part in my stories as well, so, should I ever actually write all the various and sundry stories that I wish, this seemed a lot easier than answering a bunch of different reviews.
As stated previously, I can just about be swayed to anything, should it make sense. However, these couples, I'm pretty much firmly glued too. Please keep in mind that love does not always equal romantic love if one of the people in question is asexual or not human. Also, I don't do love triangles. Ever. As a child of divorced parents where someone cheated, I don't understand why people think double-timing someone is at all romantic.
In alphabetical order, and no indication of preference:
Amelia Peabody (Saga/Series?)
So, obviously I ship Amelia/Emerson. I think its impossible to read the books, and not. These two make me want to laugh and cry at the same time. However, my big ship in the series is Nefret/Ramses.
I absolutely hate how little screen time Nefret and Ramses got in the books concerning their relationship, especially when Amelia and Emerson's got so much, book after book. We knew Ramses was in love with Nefret, and if you read between the lines, you could see Nefret (unknowingly) start to fall for Ramses, which seemingly made her snap at him even more, but I never really saw how Nefret went from always so aggressive and sharp with words around Ramses to being in love with him. I never got to see how Ramses love turned from that of a worshipful crush to a mature love that acknowledged Nefret's faults, of which she had several.
I suppose what I'm really expressing is that while I ship these two, I can only do it on hinted subtextual evidence and the actual canon events that are recorded in Amelia's diary and Manuscript H, and I mourn the potential that I think never got expressed, especially in Ramses darker moments- which were much darker than any of Emerson or Amelia's (I reference when Ramses dreamed night after night of killing his best friend/sworn brother for suspecting David of being in love with Nefret).
A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Sansa Stark/Jon Snow (Targaryen). So, obviously I subscribe to the RL=J theory. I could go on and on and cite textual evidence for this, but it really all comes down to this: all Sansa and Jon both really want to do at this point is go home to Winterfell, rebuild, and recreate it in the image of their childhoods, only without Catelyn's anger. There's only one person in all of Westeros who knows exactly what it was like, one of which has a family history of being genuinely attracted to family relatives. Also, I think, if Sansa and Jon both had their identities revealed, I think Jon is the only person who could protect both Sansa's claim, and her, emotionally. Jon, with Ghost (and maybe a dragon) wouldn't let anyone use or abuse Sansa, much less the North, through her. Marrying Sansa gives Jon a claim to Winterfell and a home to come too. I think it would uncomfortable at first and very bittersweet, but I also think both of them would be about as happy as they could get, eventually.
Avatar: The Last Airbender:
Aang/Toph. I know that Aang/Katara is canon, and I'm okay with that- in terms of a child hood crush. However, long term, I don't seem as compatible because I think they want really different things in life; not to mention, Katara stepped in and essentially became Aang's pseudo older sister/mother/mentor figure, so while him having a crush on her is realistic, I don't see her returning it. When it comes down to it, I think Aang just wants to live as an Airbender and everyone to be happy and leave him alone whereas Katara has a much more forceful personality; I can see her wanting to actively change the world for the better. So for me, Aang and Toph work because what they both really want is freedom and they compliment each other's weaknesses, whereas Katara and Aang just let each other spiral.
So, remember earlier, when I mentioned, that not all love could be understand as sexual/romantic because not all the characters were human? I think Kitai and Tavi are a great couple, and very cute together. However, I also think that Varg/Tavi i and even a hint of one-sided Nasaug/Tavi, is also totally a thing.
The thing with writing nonhuman characters is that everyone forgets that they're not human and gives them human emotions and psychological tendencies when they're not.
Varg isn't human, but I've got two books full of highlighted passages that says he loves Tavi, in his own way. Also, I think people really brush over that it was Nasaug who named Tavi- an Aleran, whom his people considered demons, who was his enemy in a not awesome, really bad way- gadara, for what is apparently the first time in Canea history that an outsider has been named (conclusion drawn from book six). If Varg will follow Tavi anywhere, then I think Nasaug has a huge crush on Tavi's brain.
Kelson Haldane/Alaric Morgan. Okay, so if you're a fan of DC, you probably severely dislike me for this, and I doubt KK would be any happier, seeing as its a very Christian series, both people in question are male with a large age difference, and Alaric is married to a pretty awesome lady.
Here's my thing. I like Richenda. If I was living in Gwynedd, Richenda would totally be my role model. And here comes the but: I feel like Alaric fell in love with Richenda because she was everything he dreamed he wanted and appealed to him...a beautiful young woman, cruelly betrayed by her husband, in need of protection, educated, intelligent...and a full Deryni who did not reject him for only being half and happened to appear on the scene before the inheritance of Corwyn started to become an issue. KK doesn't even really have them talk- just throws us this thing about their eyes meeting, and Alaric finding his soul mate or something to that effect. Which is fine. It's romantic, and to keep Richenda from becoming a Mary Sue, KK gives her a step son and creates problems back home in terms of Morgan's men accepting her authority because of her dead traitor husband.
I think that if Richenda and Alaric, were they real people, they would probably be in love. I just think that Kelson and Morgan have a much, much deeper love. To me, Richenda and Alaric might be in love, but Alaric and Kelson are soul mates.
Kelson and Morgan, with the exception of Duncan, who's a priest, are the only people who a) accept each other fully, as the other is, b) make the other want to better, c) help the other person be a better person, d) have a deep connection, e) would die for each other.
What probably squicks a lot of people out about this pairing is that Morgan is cast as Kelson's fill in father figure/mentor...but to me, Kelson never uses him as a father figure, and, while he uses Morgan as a touchstone during his rapid maturity from precocious child to adult, and Morgan always treats Kelson as someone deserving of respect, not just because he's a prince, but because he's a young (growing) man. There is no moment I could point out and go- there, that's what made me ship it, like with Codex Alera. It's just something I thought of when I first read the series, and slowly became convinced of through every interaction they had: that Kelson and Alaric love each other, and to me, at least how I read it, are in love with each other, though I doubt an inkling of what they really feel for each other would occur to them as long as they would live.
Simply, when it comes down to it: Kelson Haldane will always come first for Alaric Morgan, and not because Kelson is king.
Noble Dead Saga
Leesil/Magiere: These two may be one of the most beautiful examples of a relationship I've ever seen, and they're both incredibly (okay, not) human characters, with deep flaws, who have made horrible mistakes. But they love each other, and stick to each other through thick and thin, no matter how scary the world (and each other) gets.
Osha/Wyn Hygeorht. I should probably start this out by saying I hate Chane. Not because he's a vampire- but because of his total lack of concern for human life when it's not Wyn or someone who will effect Wyn's emotional state. Normlly, I find mentally unbalanced characters quite interesting, but Chane is too hypocritical for me to enjoy. However, I think Wyn and Osha would be good for each other, not as an alternative to Chane, but because of how they made each other better. Wyn saw the worth in Osha when no one else did and helped push him to be better than what he was. Osha, I hope, will keep Wyn from becoming to cynical and jaded.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus:
Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson. No further edification needed if you have read the books.
John Watson/Sherlock Holmes. I don't know if it's romantic love, especially since Sherlock is labeled asexual. It's certainly more than friendship or what someone would feel for a sibling. It's...the best way I can describe it is platonic soulmate.
Stark Trek (AOS):
James Kirk/Spock. Where to start. Um. So many reasons. But mainly it boils down to this: they can click, and when they click, they broaden each other's horizons, make the other one a better person, help each other expand their world view, and do amazing things together. In a word, I've totally jumped onto the totally cliche t'hy'la bandwagon...but because of their personalities, not in spite of them.
Anakin Solo/Tahiri Veila. These two were the main protagonists in the first Star Wars books I ever read. I shipped them before I ever knew anything about love or what shipping was. What makes me ship these two so hard? Because they're just not friends and each other's family, they're partners, even at eleven and nine.
Jaina Solo/Kyp Durron. I honestly believe that Kyp Durron is the only person in the screwed world that is EU who can handle Jaina Solo. I also think that unlike with Jag or Zekk, they help make each other better people. To repeat my theme: they're just not friends or lovers, they're partners (whatever that means).
Tolkien Universe:The Silmarillion/The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings Trilogy/Other Histories of Middle Earth
Blanket statement: Elves don't cheat on their spouses. They are bound for eternity, and just because their spouse is not with them, is dead, or in Valinor does not mean that they're going to sleep with or even fall in love with someone else. I'm all for AU, but I think that AU needs to make sense and be plausible. Elven spousal fidelity is a iron, canon rule of the Tolkien universe. So, I ship every married elven couple. However, I also ship, not a specific couple- though I will argue that Bilbo was in love with Thorin, whether he ever admitted it to himself or not- but the idea that elves, the First Born, the immortal beings of Arda who were so hard for any mortal to understand, much less know did not fall in love with another being for their looks, but their soul/spirit. In other words, internal beauty.
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