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February 14th, 2011

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07:46 pm - Stargate's Original Leading Lady
To kick off rachel500's 11 in 11 Challenge, I hereby present my first entry: Links to meta and fic about Stargate's Original Leading Lady!

As in, Sha'uri. Or Sha're, of you prefer. :)

Before there was SG-1, there was Stargate the Movie, which included a love interest who was heroine first and damsel-in-distress as a very distant second. And despite what a superficial look at Sha're in the series might suggest, she was a lot more than a quest object and Daniel's adoring wife! Here's a look at some meta and links to several fics that highlight the intelligence and defiance of the woman who rescued Jack and Daniel and spurred on the rebellion against the Supreme System Lord of the Goa'uld.

In the meta department, I wrote two essays several years ago about Sha'uri in the movie and Sha're in the series, highlighting her strengths and her courage.

I'm very picky about Sha're fics because of the unfortunate tendency of many authors to either make her too passive or make her too Westernized. I also did not include stories that focused more on married Daniel than the woman he'd wed. With those caveats, here are some links to my favorites. All are rated PG-13 or lower by their authors.

One Dimension Removed, by [info]tafkarfanfic. Sha're front, right, and center, as Amaunet takes Daniel to be host to Apophis and Sha're joins SG-1. Fabulous beyond belief. References to Daniel/Sha're, and superb Sam and Sha're interaction and Sam-Janet-Sha're friendship.

Determination and Determination: Practicality by Beatrice Otter. These begin with the same premise - a Sha're in the SGC, because Daniel has been taken - but these two short stories focus on Sha're struggling to understand the SGC in the context of her own cultural upbringing, and feeling her way towards securing a place where she can fight for Daniel's rescue. The second fic, a confrontation between Sha're and Teal'c, is the perfect example of portraying a strong woman from a non-Western culture and getting it right.

[personal profile] sixbeforelunch is one of my favorite Sha're authors. Try her i would be a fool for you (if you asked me to) and Five ways Sha're helped Daniel integrate into life on Abydos, without him realizing it for life on Abydos; Best Laid Plans is a delightful AU in which Sha're smacks Vala down, hard. There's also her Untitled Abydos snippet, a post-FIAD piece which is a tribute to her legacy.

Rigel wrote That Inverted Bowl We Call the Sky - lovely Sha'uri voice on Abydos.

Lady Starrkaat's Wait is a great stream-of-consciousness for her after she's taken by Amaunet.

Three fantastic fics in which Sha're is alive in S6 when Daniel isn't: Not Just a Footnote by Lady Starrkaat, the awesome (I mean it!) Scotoma by Rydra Wong, and Whispers of the Gods by Isabeau, the remix thereof.

Abyssis also has a great Sha'uri/Sha're voice. Her Substance Clad in Shadow is Sha'uri giving Jack an anchor after the events of the movie with a poignant coda post-FIAD. For I Have Seen the Storm and The Promises We Keep are two separate ficlets - one an AU with Jacob, one a missing scene from Secrets.

If I Could Go On Sleeping is fantastic and ouchy: Sha're as part of Meridian. The last line breaks my heart every time.

And don't forget the classic Eurydice Ascending, in which Sha're survives FIAD and ends up fighting Amaunet in the Labyrinth on Cimmeria! Includes SGC solidarity and Sam and Daniel friendship for good measure.

Finally, here are links to my own Sha're fics, excluding the one that focuses more on Daniel than Sha're:

Read Between the Lines and Line in the Sand are companion fics that tell the story of Sha'uri's discovery of the forbidden heiroglyphs in the catacombs and her first steps on the road to rebellion. Both are PG.

Grounded. A tag for the final scene of Stargate: the Movie: Daniel and Sha'uri are both a little lost, but they'll find a straight path together. G-rated Daniel/Sha're.

Breathless. Four times Sha're caught her breath, and one time she didn't. Mostly gen, with some G-rated Daniel/Sha're.

And in the AU department, there's my fic from last month's ficathon right here on the comm: Pawns' Promotion. The NID think Sam and Sha're would make fine experimental subjects. Sam and Sha're have other ideas. Rated PG, and written mostly so I could have Sha're make that speech at the end of the story. :)

I'll also include A Matter of Preference, although it's more Amaunet's perspective than Sha're's. G, with angst meter on high.

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Date:February 14th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
LOL When I saw the title "Stargate's Original Leading Lady" I immediately thought CATHERINE LANGFORD! SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!

But I adore Sha'uri as much, too, and it totally wrecks me that both she and Catherine were marginalized in the TV series. :(

Haven't read much Sha're fic, but YESYESYES I also enthusiastically endorse tafkar's epic One Dimension Removed.

PS: Six deleted her LJ account, so here's her DW address:

Edited at 2011-02-14 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Date:February 14th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ha, yes. Catherine Langford is a major heroine too, isn't she? I'd argue she's not the leading lady, though. :) And I know of maybe five fics that feature Catherine for herself (rather than her taking care of Daniel).

You'll note that I changed all the links to the fics but forgot to change the actual DW nick, sigh. Thanks, I'll fix that.
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Date:February 14th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
::huggle:: You enjoy arguing more than I do. :D
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Date:February 14th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Discuss, anyway. ;)
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Date:February 25th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
Awwwwwww! Thank you!
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Date:February 14th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh these are great! And a fab way to kick things off. I'm so chuffed that I decided to use the original Sha'uri in the banner for 11 in 11 now!
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Date:February 15th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
And the original Catherine too, I note. :)

Is there going to be an "11 in 11" tag?
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Date:February 15th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
There is now an 11 in 11 challenge tag. :)
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Date:February 15th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
I just wanna say that I *adored* Sha'uri in the movie - never liked Sha're in the series. In my head, it's Sha'uri that went on, too...
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Date:February 15th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
::nods:: A lot of people feel that way. I don't know if it's the actress or the storyline (active participant in a rebellion vs abductee and victim), but there are many who feel that Sha're was a poor follow-up to Sha'uri. I can only refer you to the essay I liked in the meta for my own thoughts on the matter. :)
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Date:February 27th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)
Mili Avital, who played Sha'uri, is a very compelling actress and I think had already done a lot of acting in Israel. Vaitare Bandera didn't have a lot of experience when she got the role, and never really got the chance to get the experience.
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Date:February 27th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
I've heard this from a lot of people, yes - that Avital was a better actress to begin with. I'll buy that, yes. Certainly Sha'uri was compelling and powerful, and if I watched SG-1 without the movie I might have dismssed Sha're as quest object. (Come to think of it, I watched over half of classic SG-1 before discovering the movie - wish I could remember what I thought of Sha're then!) But I guess I love Sha're too much to make the conscious division between them. There was so little for Bandera to do in the show, really, and when she had the chance to show some character, in the light of Sha'uri from the movie, I had little trouble seeing the same spirit.
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Date:February 28th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
I agree - there was too little for Bandera to do in the show.

The hard part is writing Sha're...Avital and Bandera are both brunettes, but are otherwise so dissimilar-looking that it's hard to write a physical description of her without making it very specifically one or the other!
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Date:February 25th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
I'm so grateful for your recommendation! And if I can ever get two minutes to rub together with time off from work, I'm going to read all your other recs.
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Date:February 27th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
You know how much I loved your story! Is the sequel still simmering?
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Date:February 28th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
It is simmering. I wrote for a while, then I got overwhelmed by RL and a bit blocked. I'm hoping to overcome both of those in the next month. I feel pretty solid with what I've written so far. I'm just hung up on one scene and can't seem to get past it.
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Date:March 21st, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Circling back around to thank you for this! I hadn't given Sha're much consideration before this post, to like or to dislike, and these stories are giving me all sorts of lovely new appreciation for her :)
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Date:March 21st, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is just the loveliest thing to hear - that I've helped in some small way to help you understand why this character is so wonderful. Thank you so much!

(And yes, poor Sha're. She doesn't get too much thought from too many fans, who see her only as Angst For Daniel.)

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