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[Jul. 26th, 2006|04:58 pm]
Religious Themes in the Shows We Love


I think this is appropriate to this community.  In the fic I'm currently writing I'm about to do some very involved spells to facilitate the climax.  I've got Wiccan friends who can help me but after Writer Con I face a conundrum.  I heard two opposing viewpoints.  Both started from the point that Joss obviously knew little about Wicca and that neither Willow nor Tara followed the tenets of that faith.  Some said this could be corrected in fic, others said it was disrepectful to pretend they were real Wiccans at this late date because that's not how they were represented in the show.  Opinions?  Discussion?

[User Picture]From: rahirah
2006-07-26 11:01 pm (UTC)
I call them witches rather than Wiccans, and I wank it that Willow and Tara picked up the term from the college group in S4, and neither of them have much experience with 'real' Wiccans. My personal interpretation is that Tara came from a family with a tradition of witchcraft, even if it was stifled and suppressed, and therefore she has a tradition to draw on, even if it's not Wicca proper. Willow's more of a loose cannon.

OTOH I do try to make the spells they cast in my stories make some sense in regards to real-world magical traditions. On the gripping hand, I usually have to edit said real-world traditions severely because real magical rituals are far longer and more repetitious than most readers want to deal with. I also have no qualms about syncretizing different traditions madly to get the effect I want.
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[User Picture]From: texanfan
2006-07-30 01:36 pm (UTC)
I think this will be the approach I use. For my purposes I think it's well withing creative license to shorten a long ceremony to maintain reader interest. This is a story, not a how to manual or religious text. Since the practice of Wicca is so varied I find it unlikely you will insult someone unless you break the major tenets, which ME did regularly.
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