I've been trying to hook into some Stargate writing, some serious writing, and I've been having a hard time getting started. I love the show, the characters fascinate me, and they're all in love with each other, so what's the problem?
On the other hand, I have far more Harry Potter story ideas than I'll ever be able to write. They spring into my mind unbidden and keep me up at night.
I think I've figured it out -- it's all about scope and focus and Stargate and Harry Potter are at opposite ends of the scale.
The stories I want to write are relationship driven. Stargate has a tight focus on a small group of characters. We see them almost exclusively at work. And their work environment is not conducive to relationships between them, especially due to there being regulations against it. The scope is small.
Harry Potter, on the other hand, has a large number of characters of all ages, more than one time-period covered in canon, and we see most of the characters in all aspects of their lives. Not to mention none of them have any real constraints on who they have relationships with. There's magic to play with. The scope is immense.
Harry Potter is a source of endless speculation for me too -- there are so many loose ends and mysteries and things to figure out. Stargate is much more tied up -- I don't puzzle over things and wonder what the secrets are.If there's a Scope Continuum, Stargate is on one end and Harry Potter is on the other. All my other fandoms, past and present, fall somewhere in between. I'd rank them like this, I think:
- Lord of the Rings
- X-Men Movie
- Star Wars
- Harry Potter
Lord of the Rings would push closer to the HP end if Tolkien hadn't given us info on how everybody ends up. There's not a lot of room to maneuver. And I didn't include Buffy since that's not a writing fandom for me.
Anyhow, I'm sure I'll crack Stargate soon -- I just have to drown out the HP voices in my head.