I was reading a recent post on fanthropology
about race and fanfic and it reminded me of something that always confused me about the 24
Why is there so little fic about David Palmer, his wife or his family?
Palmer was a main character for three years, a fan favorite, portrayed by a great actor who is possibly the most recognizable after Kiefer Sutherland and he had a major storyline in all four seasons. Yet I've seen maybe a dozen fics about him or his wife and five of those were written by me.
Why is this?
It could reflect the writing of the character but again, the same people who write David Palmer write Michelle Dessler and while we know much more about the former there is more fic about the latter. David Palmer was as well-developed and well-written as any of the other characters in the main cast, in my opinion.
Does it reflect on the fandom itself? Is David Palmer not considered as compelling of a character due to his storylines? His age? His role in the show? His lack of a love interest most of the time?
And why am I the only person I know who has attempted to write Sherry?
As I mentioned, the post that got me thinking about this dealt with race and how non-white characters were ignored by fanfic writers. I wondered if that could also be a part of the reason there is such a dearth of fanfic about the Palmers.
Because really, it's odd there's more fic about Ryan Chappelle than there is for Sherry and David Palmer combined.
Although, that is my fault to a degree...