Ok, so after playing though a bit of ME1 and taking Ashley with me on every mission I see why she and Vega may work. She has a crass sense of humor, and she is tough. I can see her and Vega getting along, telling jokes, tearing the mickey out of each other, that sort of thing. And I read somewhere that in the original ME3 script Vega and Ash had a one night stand on the Normandy, but they cut it. So I can get behind this, but I still think he finds bubbly smart types more his style. I think he likes to feel the big guy hero. Ash and Shep make him feel a bit inferior perhaps. You know, that whole “traditional gender roles thing”.
So someone brought up that James does hook up with Ashley at the party. I didn’t realize this. In my Mass Effect world, Ashley is dead. So I now have to re think this.
I forget who, but someone I follow once mentioned that James is not emotionally mature enough to have a relationship with Shep, and it got me thinking.
Writing Jimmy Vega’s Illustrious Stripping Career was easy, but I know that the Shep I wrote is not a true to character Femshep. James is fun to write and the story itself was light and fluffy. Not a lot of emotional baggage to contend with. But as I started to try and write the sequel I hit a wall. I couldn’t get James and Shep together in my head. It didn’t work. Everything was getting more and more out of character as it progressed. Which has lead me to the conclusion Shep and James do not work. I am still a rabid James fan, but I don’t think I’m a Shega shipper anymore, and here is why.
I am nearing the end of another play through, this time with all DLC and I feel like I have a new perspective on the type of woman James goes for. So many Shega shippers are pissed at the creepy factor of what the “fling” turned out to be in the Citadel DLC, and I agree its creepy. If the roles were reversed, the fandom would cry for blood creepy, but I think it makes some sense. James does not find Shepard appealing in “that” way. Sure he finds her sexy and attractive, hence all the flirting. He has a huge amount of respect for her, and its clear he looks up to her, but when it comes down to it, Shepard is just not his “type”. James goes for the girly yet brainy type. Smart, yet with a healthy dose of damsel in distress.
1. Treeya. I watched Paragon Lost (oh god my eyes) and if you haven’t seen it, James has a squishy school boy crush on a very Liara-esque asari anthropologist. Treeya, is as frosty as she is blue, but that doesn’t stop James from being hopelessly tongue tied and shy around her.
2. Ann Bryson, the daughter of Dr. Bryson in the Leviathan DLC. While James doesn’t show any romantic interest in her, the way he tries to help and comfort her while she is being used to channel the Leviathan artifact I feel shows his soft spot for this sort of woman. Shep has to renegade his ass to keep him from stopping the process.
3. Maya Brooks. The bouncy alliance staff analyst who James mentions “is cute” and wonders “if she is on the market”. Sure Brooks is not who she seems, but given what James knows of her at the time, his comments tell me what sort of girl he is potentially attracted to.
4. James mentions in the Citadel DLC, that he hasn’t fraternized since joining the military….I am not sure what to do with this information. Are we expected to believe that in 10 years James has been celibate? I find this hard to imagine. Though a softy, James is somewhat narcissistic, and I’m sure a fair plenty of women have thrown themselves at him over the years. He has bound to have bed at least a few of them. That being said, it could be argued that James’ lack of romantic interests over the years is related to the fact that most of the women he meets are soldiers, and soldier girls are just not his “type”.
Arguments and comments welcome.
Plot holes….plot holes everywhere! That is all I’m going to say about that.
I said I was going to write last night…..but instead I got distracted. First I got caught in a Tumblr-nado. Second my husband came in and started rubbing my back (sneaky bastard, I think he is jealous of the time I spend with James). So now I need coffee and some music for inspiration, and just maybe I can get some creatin’ done today.
Wooo three followers yay!!!
I am about 1,500 words into part three of When I Close My Eyes. I’ll write some more tonight, so update will likely be sometime ‘round the beginning of the week. I’m going to try really hard to keep on a weekly update schedule.
Jimmy and Shep will finally get face time in this section. I was having a bit of an internal debate on just how they were going to handle their proximity during the six months on earth. They were both being so very coy with me on how they wanted to handle it, but its pretty clear to me now what direction we will be going in. I don’t want to give anything away, but I feel that what I will be presenting is somewhat different than what other authors have written on the “incarceration” time. The bulk of this story will focus on this time, and I have a whole clusterfuck of ideas on what will happen (ironically, none of them contain clusterfucks, sorry). There will be intrigue, some espionage, and a whole lot of not being able to keep your hands to yourself.
Thanks to everyone who has suggested music. It has all been very helpful.
On a side note: I did get the part. Woo yay me! I will be playing the part of Peaches Verdeen, in The Red Velvet Cake Wars…..Yes, I am in Texas, and in Texas we like our raunchy Texas Comedies.
This post should be renamed “Pity Party”. I have always said, this blog is my internet catharsis…so here it is.
So I have basically been writing everyday for the past two months. I jumped into this head on, and I am pretty happy with what has come from it. However since Monday, my creative pool has been dry. I spent the better portion of today walking around scowling because it bothered me so much that I was unable to get anything down for the new story.
I have had to stop listening to music with lyrics while I write. The words distracted me too much. So this means, I am now on the hunt for ambient music that fits the mood I’m trying to create in my writing, and I’m not having much luck.
I find that writing a Bioware accurate FemShep is exceptionally difficult. To be honest, I find her dry and two dimensional. The same can be said for MShep as well. That is not to say that the voice acting is bad. Quite the opposite, both Jennifer Hale and Mark Meer do a fabulous job. I feel the problem may lie simply in the inevitable “pause” that occurs based on the dialogue selection mechanic. Lines of dialogue should flow smoothly in a scene. That flow can be horribly disrupted by the player’s own inability to “choose” which dialogue choice to make.
Another complaint I personally have is just how butch FemShep is. I really do feel they took her in a direction that is just too far masculine. There is very little femininity in her tone or inflections, and none whatsoever in her actions. Others have complained about the same thing. It is my understanding that when they created animations for Shepard they based them on the Male model example and just skinned FemShep over those actions. Some would argue that this is the only way it can be. The only way to make her believable as the savior of the galaxy is to make her a complete hard ass. I personally know women who have served in the military and they are still able to hold on to their femininity. They have the ability to be hard ass, but they are still mothers, sisters, daughters, and women.
An example of who I wish FemShep could have been more like is Kara Thrace from the Battlestar Galactica. Minus the substance abuse…or not. The illustrious “Starbuck” was a complete bad ass, hard ass and consummate soldier. But the audience got to see clear moments of her feminine side. Kara Thrace had layers, hard shell to soft center, and it made her embraceable as a character. FemShep, as I stated earlier really only has two layers, fair but hard ass, and bitchy and hard ass.
ME3 does remedy a little of the two dimensional element. We finally see some vulnerability in her, based on your dialogue choices. I also feel the vocal performances are light years better. There is a depth and variation to her voice that I did not feel was there in the first two installments.
How does this affect my writing? Well Anna Shepard follows mostly a paragon way of life. But she is not nearly as “controlled” as Bioware Shep. I was having such a hard time really figuring out what makes her tick, that I took a character analysis worksheet from a theatre text book and filled it out for my Anna Shepard. I suppose I write her as I would play her. Basically in control professionally but prone to fits of anger in private or only around those she trusts completely. Of course throw in the new angle of being hopelessly head over heels for Jimmy and she has a whole new set of motivations. It is the Jimmy motivations that will drive my writing.
I have taken particular angle with “When I Close My Eyes” and it’s a romantic angle, so I am sorry if it doesn’t fit with your image of what Shepard should be. My own husband cannot read my writing based on the fact that his FemShep is renegade, loves Liara, and would never touch Jimmy with a ten foot pole unless she was beating him to death with it. That is the joy of Mass Effect isn’t it? People create the story they want to create, and it feels wholly their own. Now if we can just get them to fix that debacle of and ending, all will be right in the universe.