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I first came to Chicago on the trail of the killers of my father...

Posted on 2011.14.05 at 11:25
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More character meme answer. This time, from andeincascade (HI ANDE, I MISS YOUUUU!): Benton Fraser!

* How I FEEEEEL about this character.

Fraser has a very special place in my fannish heart. If he isn't my favourite character ever, he's right up there in a dead heat with them that are.I would love to have him for a friend, and if he were my enemy I'd run off and hide on another PLANET, because he'd find me no matter where I ran on Earth, and being on the receiving end of a pissed-off Benton Fraser would be all kinds of scary. I love his sense of right and wrong, and his fierce, unwavering loyalty. I love his idealism and his passion. I love how when he talks you can actually hear the parentheses and semicolons. I especially love that he isn't perfect, even though he wants desperately to be. He has a dry wit and a stealth sense of humour that I only dream of coming close to having.

Fraser is probably the character who is most like me in any of my fandoms (although he is a much better person and much, much prettier *g*). I want to be Benton Fraser when I grow up, only without the baggage. I don't know whether I want to shtup him or talk to him for hours, or both. Probably both.

* All the people I ship romantically with this character.

Ray Kowalski--it's canon, dude. They literally ride off into the sunrise together. Ray Vecchio, too, yes--I've actually written F/V a couple of times-- but it's usually as part of an OT3, and only in fanon. I tend to look at Vecchio in canon as Fraser's soul-brother. They're so much more than just friends, but their love bends toward philos rather than eros. Which doesn't diminish it from his love for Kowalski--Fraser would die in a heartbeat for both of his Rays.

Also, and definitel not least--Meg Thatcher. I ship Fraser/Thatcher hard, and I'm not ashamed to say it. I love, love Thatcher. I wish there was more good Fraser/Thatcher fic out there (it does exist, though--icepixie and tanyareed have both written excellent Fraser/Thatcher fics (some of which are up at fraser_thatcher * My non-romantic OTP for this character.</b>

Fraser and Ray Vecchio. See above. (and I do write, and read, F/V and F/K/V. But gah, platonic!F/V is so lovely. I don't understand why platonic is almost universally considered Less Than, when it's equally as awesome, dammit!). I also have to put a plug in for Fraser's entirely wonderful relationship with Diefenbaker. I'm all about platonic!F/V/D. :D


* My unpopular opinion about this character.

Fraser is not shy with women in whom he's interested. I mean, um. Victoria, anyone? Sure, he's uncomfortable with unwanted attention from women who look at him as a sex object. But when he's interested, OMG, he's interested. Guh.

* One thing I wish would happen/had happened with this character in canon.

Wow, hmm, I dunno. I definitely wish he'd have not worn the red serge so much in seasons 3 and 4. I also wish there would have been more of him working with both Rays.

A while back I wrote an entire post for ds_workshop called Fraser being Fraser, in which I say a bunch more about Fraser. I also wrote a GIANT personal backstory for him. If you read both of those (and I'd love it if you did!), you'll pretty much get my feelings about who Fraser is and why I love him so. very. much.

In conclusion, Benton Fraser, RCMP.

Comments:


Icepixie
icepixie at 2011-05-14 16:05 (UTC) ()
Fraser is not shy with women in whom he's interested. I mean, um. Victoria, anyone?

Not to mention Meg! I was rewatching their episodes a few months ago, and I only just then realized exactly how much of that near-relationship he propels. He asks her out for coffee, he initiates their kiss on the train, he tells her he can't forget about it, he comes into her office with flowers and says he'll make a baby with her if he also gets a romance out of it... I think the only ways Meg moves it forward are that moment in the egg incubator when she tried to tell him she didn't see him as just a subordinate and on the train, when she said she'd grieved briefly for him after he got thrown off.
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primroseburrows at 2011-05-14 16:31 (UTC) ()
I think that when Fraser wants something, he wants it, whether it's someone's affections, or Justice, or even revenge (reference Gerard). Fraser is pretty single-focus a lot of the time. And he's passionate about practically everything. He just hates to death being seen as a sex object, because, hey, those women don't even know him.
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_scally at 2011-05-14 21:46 (UTC) ()
>Fraser is not shy with women in whom he's interested.

And Lady Shoe and Janett. The only thing - he really can's choose a right woman for him. :-(

BROWN uniform is my favourite!
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primroseburrows at 2011-05-15 03:13 (UTC) ()
Janet was okay. She would've been fine, too, if she hadn't been married. Alas. :D

Edited at 2011-05-15 03:14 (UTC)
(Anonymous) at 2011-05-20 14:56 (UTC) ()

From Tortiecat...

Hi -

I really liked what you had to say, except that I don't think Fraser/Kowalski is canon, and I get a little irked when I see statements saying that it is.

Now, I haven't seen all of the episodes featuring Kowalski yet, so maybe I'm not the best judge of whether or not F/K is canon, but I think that "riding off into the sunrise together" doesn't necessarily indicate a romantic relationship. After all, we don't know how long Fraser and Kowalski were gone on the adventure. Kowalski didn't handle the cold well in "COTW," so he may have wanted to return to Chicago very soon after he and Fraser set off on the adventure.

I think I could only accept F/K as canon, and RayV/Stella as canon too (contrary to what many believe, "COTW" never said that RayV and Stella married, only that they opened a bowling alley), if a "Due South" reunion movie had been made that showed Fraser and Kowalski together and RayV and Stella together. But the ending of "COTW" alone doesn't mean those relationships are romantic/canon.

I am very glad that you mentioned this:

Fraser and Ray Vecchio. See above. (and I do write, and read, F/V and F/K/V. But gah, platonic!F/V is so lovely. I don't understand why platonic is almost universally considered Less Than, when it's equally as awesome, dammit!).

My probably-very-unpopular opinion about the "Due South" fandom is that there is too, too much slash written and recommendeded - particularly too much F/K slash. The gen stories, including those featuring Fraser's and RayV's beautiful, caring friendship, get neglected as a result.

I really cannot understand that at all, and why the fandom seems to be becoming only a F/K slash fandom. I definitely did not start and keeping watching "Due South" because I wanted to see romantic relationships among Fraser and the Rays, or their romantic relationships with women. Their loving friendships with each other are simply wonderful and more than enough for fantastic fan fiction, IMO.

I think it's pretty rare on television to see two male friends who demonstrate how much they care about and love each other, so I don't understand why this platonic love is just brushed aside. Of course, with Fraser and RayV, it doesn't help that Fraser seems to regard his friendship with RayV as over in the last scenes of "COTW," and that he and RayV are separated by thousands of miles. I like to think that things turned out differently: Fraser and RayV renewed their loving friendshp after "COTW" and it became as strong as ever, particularly since RayV didn't stay in Florida long and moved back to Chicago, where he is closer to Canada to have visits with Fraser. Or maybe Fraser splits his time between Canada and RayV and the rest of his adopted family in Chicago.

Thanks for reading! :-)

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primroseburrows at 2011-05-20 15:55 (UTC) ()

Re: From Tortiecat...

except that I don't think Fraser/Kowalski is canon, and I get a little irked when I see statements saying that it is.

Not sure what could irk you about me stating my opinion. In my own journal, btw, not that it really matters. I'm not irked that you disagree, although I must admit not understanding why people having differing opinions bothers you.

Kowalski didn't handle the cold well in "COTW," so he may have wanted to return to Chicago very soon after he and Fraser set off on the adventure.

Or he could have had issue with the cold because he fell out of an airplane with nothing but the clothes on his back. On a real Northern adventure, there was probably lots of Gore-tex involved. ;)

My probably-very-unpopular opinion about the "Due South" fandom is that there is too, too much slash written and recommendeded - particularly too much F/K slash. The gen stories, including those featuring Fraser's and RayV's beautiful, caring friendship, get neglected as a result.

So write some. I might even read it. And don't read the ones you don't like. The internet is like that--people can read, or not read, what they choose.

Their loving friendships with each other are simply wonderful and more than enough for fantastic fan fiction, IMO.

See above re: write some.

I definitely did not start and keeping watching "Due South" because I wanted to see romantic relationships among Fraser and the Rays, or their romantic relationships with women.

Neither did I, specifically. But some people did. And that doesn't make you better than them.

I like to think that things turned out differently: Fraser and RayV renewed their loving friendshp after "COTW" and it became as strong as ever, particularly since RayV didn't stay in Florida long and moved back to Chicago, where he is closer to Canada to have visits with Fraser.

See, that's what fanfiction is for, dude. If you don't like how something ends, fix it.

In conclusion, this (minus the Harry Potter reference):




Edited at 2011-05-20 15:57 (UTC)
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