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March 23rd, 2006
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Pesach is just around the corner...
so I offer a little seder-related fanfic. (cross-posted to weirdjews)

I write X-Men slash. I primarily focus on Scott/Logan, but I also write quite a bit about Jean-Paul "Northstar" Beaubier, Marvel's first openly gay character. In my fiction, Jean-Paul is involved with a man named Adam Greenfield. Adam's Jewishness is an occasional side-topic in most of my story series, but it's front and center in one short piece of fiction: Different From All Other Nights. This story tells what happens when Jean-Paul is invited to Adam's mother's house for seder. Check it out and let me know what you think!

I hope the story is accessible to people who aren't familiar with my fiction or with the X-Men. There is info on Pesach in the intro, for those unfamiliar with Jewish practice and holidays. Here's a little background on the characters, in case folks want it.

Jean-Paul Beaubier aka "Northstar"

A comic book character I've borrowed for my fiction. He's a member of the X-Men's Canadian affiliate: Alpha Flight. Jean-Paul's powers are super speed and flight. He's also Marvel's first openly gay character. In the comics he's perpetually single (in the world of comic books a character can be gay, he just can't have sex). He adopted an HIV-infected baby girl named Joanne, who died a couple of years before I bring him into my fiction. Jean-Paul is Quebecois; he's a former Olympic athlete (downhill skiing); he's an orphan who had a difficult childhood and never finished high school. His twin sister was not raised with him but they were reunited as adults. All of that is canon. In the comics he's often portrayed as a kind of cardboard character and almost a caricature of French Canadian men. He's shown as very impatient and very arrogant. I have not chosen to portray him as such. I think his basic story, including adopting a baby as a single man, suggests a much kinder and more nurturing individual. I've tried to portray him as such and have given him what I consider to be more accurate cultural characteristics. I've also tried to write him as speaking more authentic - and authentically colloquial - French than he does in the comics.


Adam Greenfield

One of my original characters. I created him because I decided Jean-Paul needed a fella. Adam's a journalist for the Miami Herald and he and Jean-Paul met in connection with the mutant crisis in the Republic of Belarus, as described in Foreign Correspondence. Adam is living in Washington, DC at the time of "Taking Chances." Adam's from Brooklyn originally. He is not a mutant.

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From:blue_braces
Date:March 23rd, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
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in the world of comic books a character can be gay, he just can't have sex

I think that's true in the world of mainstream popular culture in general! Or in the case of Brokeback Mountain, a character can have gay sex, but not "really" be gay (or at least that's how some people seem to like to explain away that movie).

As I think I've told you before, I really like your Jean-Paul/Adam pairing. I don't read the comics, so I don't know Jean-Paul in the canon, but from what you've described above, it sounds like I'd like him a lot less than your Jean-Paul. :)
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From:marag
Date:March 23rd, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Awww, Jean-Paul is adorable! Okay, he's arrogant and obnoxious sometimes too, but still...I liked him a lot when he joined the X-Men a couple of years ago, just before I stopped buying Marvel stuff. He got this crush on Iceman and showed a bit of a nicer side. (Basically, was somewhat better written than he usually is.)

Yeah yeah, I have a soft spot in my heart for Jean-Paul, since my own fic about his crush on Bobby is one of my absolute favorite pieces ::grin::

But to bring this symposium back on topic, not only was I the beta for this Passover story, I also adore it. Must remember to pimp it on my LJ!
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From:mofic
Date:March 23rd, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I've heard that in Ultimates (I don't know first hand since I only read the first volume) J-P's introduced as a student at Stuyvesant High (where Adam graduated from in my fiction and where my Kendra is going in real life next year). I don't know what he's like in that series.

candrawest once suggested to me that making him so arrogant and impatient could be seen as a reflection of his powers - everyone else seems slow to him. I thought that was an interesting construction on it, and a kinder one to the writers than my assumption that they are reflecting what is a very common English Canadian view of the Quebecois.

I really loved your J-P/Bobby story. Must reread.

You were a great beta on my pesach one - I wanted to have it beta'ed by a Jew and a non-Jew so I could feel like it worked for both. Thanks for your help and thanks in advance for any pimping.
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From:marag
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
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I've only seen a tiny bit of him in the Ultimate 'verse, so I know almost nothing. His portrayal there didn't grab me, but it was only an issue or two, so who knows.

But I like that view of his arrogance! That makes sense to me.
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From:kelly_girl
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
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I've enjoyed your Logan/Scott stories for a long time and of course got dragged into Adam/Jean Paul since you wove them so seamlessly into the other stories. I like this one and learning something I had no clue about.
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From:mofic
Date:March 23rd, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you liked it! It was a challenge to make it accessible to Jews and non-Jews.
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From:eveningblue
Date:March 24th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
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I love this story and I love Adam! I've only encountered Jean-Paul in a few comics, but I like your version of him much better. Must re-read.

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From:mofic
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
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Gee, thanks. I had fun writing this. My daughter thought Miriam sounded like me when she asks J-P to wash the ceiling fans!
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From:roxymissrose
Date:March 24th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
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I loved this. What a wondeful look into another culture. THanks for taking Jean-Paul and us into the center of this family.
I loved Jean-Paul back in the early days, arrogant, bitter and all. It was no surprise when they finally let him come out! *G*
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From:mofic
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it. It drew heavily on Seders I Have Known, as may be obvious. Although, I don't actually remember being to any seders with flying men, or with prayers for the mutants of Belarus.
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