Oh, goodness. I should have realized, given my thing for competence, that it would be daaaangerous for me to start reading Inception fic. And I've discovered that it even manages occasionally to do the surprise!competence thing, because apparently Eames* is a super-clever dude who people often underestimate? BASICALLY I LOVE THE FICS.
I understand that my favourite pairing from the fic is not actually well-represented within the movie, but hey, whatevs, I'm down with that. Arthur/Eames wins anyways!
Presumably at some point I need to watch the movie (I WANT TO) but that point is not now. Possibly once I've moved back to my place for the school year; I bet I can convince Nielle and Dinah to go see it with me.
In other news, listening to hours of podfic while working (OMG SO AWESOME) results in my internal monologues/dialogues/narrative having the same voice as the reader whose podfic I've been listening to. It's disconcerting! But I certainly would not object to having my life narrated by her: she has such a wonderful reading style. It makes me realize how far I still have to go in honing my skills as a podfic reader. (thing number one that I need to learn: SLOW DOWN. This is hard.)
It also made me start thinking about accents, and perceptions of them. The fic I've been listening to is read in a British accent, and that just sounds so right, even when it's for fic from an American fandom (WHUT). In everyday life I quite like my accent (Canadian, with very slight hints of something unidentifiable. When I worked a fast food job, I occasionally got customers asking me where I was from, and when I said, um, Canada, they'd say, oh, I thought you were British/Australian/etc). But a British accent just gives this aura of...I don't even know how to articulate it. Calm, confident superiority? The sort of thing where you listen to it and you're just automatically more willing to believe what's being said because it just sounds so sure. In other words, just right for narrating a story. My accent, by comparison, feels all...informal, and... uneducated? IDK. It's hard to put into words.
I do not usually EVER feel self-conscious about the way I talk! This is annoying! And I know perfectly well it's stupid and nonsensical, and based on stereotypes, and that the only thing a person's accent actually says is where they're from, but I still cannot help but have these reactions.
Also, the only two podfics I've done so far have been for stories where the viewpoint character was Canadian. I am worried to try to do podfics for anything with characters of other nationalities. Because in media fandoms (ie not book-based), the voice of a character is certainly rather connected to their accent. My Ray Kowalski would sound wrong. My Doctor would sound wrong. My Radek Zelenka, my John Sheppard, my Jim Kirk....Basically ANYONE who is not either Rodney McKay or from a C6D fandom. The next fic I'm planning to do (hopefully it will take me less than seven months this time!) is again a Rodney fic, but this one has some walk-in lines from Radek, and that.... I've been reading the fic out loud to myself to familiarize myself with it before beginning to record, and no matter what I do with the Radek lines it sounds wrong. I cannot imitate his accent, and it would be stupid of me to try. But if I just use my native accent it doesn't sound like the lines could possibly belong to Radek.
I know that what I have to do is just suck it up and realize that it is possible to do a good job at podficcing without doing voices and accents and things, but it just makes me feel like I'm not doing justice to what the characters deserve. *sigh*
(I am reminded as well of listening to an audiobook of one of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, and how brilliant the reader was. She did the Botswana accent for all the dialogue, and it sounded so right. (mmm, I love those books so much))
Wow. I did not realize, when starting this post, how much uncertainty I've been feeling about this stuff! Well, I'll just give myself a good smack upside the head and tell myself sternly not to be stupid, and that's that. Because really, what else can I do?