1. Name: snakeandladders
2. Age: 17
3. Gender: Female
4. Would you prefer to be stamped as a specific gender? No
5. What is your Career? If you don’t have one, what is it that you would prefer to do career-wise with your life?
I haven't yet settled one one particular choice of career at this point of time, but I've thought of being a political analyst, archaeologist, or an author or any sort of profession related to my areas of interest, like anthropology, sociology, literature and history.
6. What is your favorite moment/memory from your childhood? Why?
I feel inclined to say none, but, anyway: my very first trip to a public library, when I was about four or five, I think. As a kid I loved reading (and I still do), and being able to access tons of books with minimal cost to my parents was a plus too; that and there's something mysterious and magical about an old, musty library when you're a (highly imaginative) kid that makes it such a novel experience.
7. What do you do in a typical GOOD day?
I sleep in till noon; read, write and doodle; listen to my music without getting a migraine; take a walk; and pretend that my growing stack of things-to-do doesn't exist.
8. What happens to you in a typical BAD day?
I shut out everyone-- even people whom I'm close to; I become horribly unpleasant and start to snap and shout at the closest person available for me to direct my anger at. In a worst-case scenario, I even become slightly destructive.
9. How do you respond under pressure?
I don't tend to show people I'm panicking. I can seem bored and disinterested, even though my mind's a mess, but it depends on the situation as well. If the situation in question involves something deeply personal, I'll either become severely defensive and irritable or turn into a complete wreck.
10. What is your favorite movie? Least favorite?
I've quite a few favourite movies, truth be told, but off the top of my head, it would be Pan's Labyrinth--I've always had a soft-spot for movies that put a darker spin on things. I dislike more movies than I can name, but most of these tend to be most cliched teen-movies, and even more cliched and improbable romantic comedies, or just any sort of poorly made flicks.
11. What is your favorite book?
The Red King by Victor Kelleher. In a way, I'd think it's kind of like H. Rider Haggard's She for kids, but anyway, I think it was this book that first got me thinking and playing around with more abstract concepts in my writing--even if it was a "children's book", and that I read it when I was very young.
12. How do you like to spend your free time (other than sitting behind a computer?)
Reading, writing, thinking and analysing anything that catches my attention--strange as it sounds, but when I get bored, I tend to fabricate stories, or speculate about the background of the person I happen to be observing at the moment to kill some time.
13. Who (whether in fiction, real life, across time etc) do you admire and respect the most? Why?
Leonardo da Vinci. I've always admired those with multiple abilities, and who better than the original Renaissance Man? Da Vinci has always fascinated me with his intellect, his talent and his accomplishments-- I would have given just about anything to have been under his tutelage, or have lived during the same time period so that I would have been able to witness first-hand the man's genius.
14. What is your biggest fear?
Failure. I tend to take any tasks or responsibilities handed to me very seriously, perfectionist that I am. I've been conditioned to believe that I have really steep expectations to live up too, and well, it makes me pretty fearful of handing it "below par" work, and being judged as a failure as such.
15. What is your favorite lyric/quote?
Pardon my cheating, but--
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.~ Oscar Wilde
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.~ Terry Pratchett
Behold the fool saith, "Put not all thine eggs in the one basket"--which is but a manner of saying, "Scatter your money and your attention;" but the wise man saith, "Put all your eggs in the one basket and--WATCH THAT BASKET."~ Mark Twain
"Now absent-mindedness is just a bit too awful in a bad man. We think of a wicked man as vigilant. We can't think of a wicked man who is honestly and sincerely dreamy, because we daren't think of a wicked man alone with himself. An absent-minded man means a good-natured man. It means a man, who if he happens to see you, will apologise. But how will you bear an absent-minded man who, if he happens to see you, will kill you? That is what tries the nerves, abstraction combined with cruelty."
~ The Man Who Was Thursday, G. K. Chesterton
16. Who is your favorite character on Heroes, and why?
Sylar. I've always had a fascination with most anti-heroes and villains of the fandoms I'm involved in. But, Sylar is a different case altogether: I'm glad that he isn't simply a sociopathic killer-monster, that his character is just as multi-faceted as the good guy characters. He has his own personal issues to deal with, and well, as wrong as it seems, that you can actually sympathise with the guy. [And he can make a straight-jacket look good.]
17. Who is your least favorite character on Heroes and why?
Claire Bennet. My apologies to Claire fans here, but I've always disliked Claire, because the show seems to revolve just around at times, and that there hasn't been much development in her character ever since we first saw her in Season 1 despite all that exposure--just that she's more angsty and wears make-up now. Apart from that, I've always felt that Claire has never really learnt her lesson about just plain not doing anything reckless, because it always seems as though her actions never have any genuine repercussions, as opposed to the other characters on the show. For instance, she gets her father fatally shot, and poof! He's back in less than an episode, and well, sure Noah gets stuck with The Company again, but was that really different from what she went through in Season 1?
18. Which character can you relate to the most?
Sylar, in particular his issues with Virginia, and her high expectations for him. Well, my case is not unique, I suppose, but my parents were much the same, constantly reinforcing how I would could never fail, how I'm better than the other kids, etc and having rather high expectations for me.
19. If you could pick any one from the show to go on a dinner date with, who would it be and what would you do?
Sylar. It would be unlikely, of course, unless I had some ability/some worth to him, that he would even take an interest in me. But, if it did happen, we'd watch a play, preferably Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman.
What would you ask them?
You know apart from, well....brains, ever tried out liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti? (Random Silence of the Lambs reference)
20. If you could have any super power what would it be (it does not have to be used in “Heroes”)?
The ability to absorb the abilities of others--because being the high-achiever that I am, I would never be content with just one ability, I'd have to admit.
21. If you had a super power would you try to ignore it? Use it for personal gain? Use it to help others?
I'd use it for personal gain. (Yes, I am a selfish person.) I'm rather vindictive towards anyone who has slighted me, and I can expect I'd just simply go out and settle some old scores and such. But, under certain circumstances, such as when they concern the people I care about, I'd definitely help them in a heartbeat, if I had the necessary abilities to do so.
22. Who is your ultimate favorite super hero from any show/comic/cartoon/film?
Apart from Sylar, you mean? Oh, V, from V for Vendetta, because there just aren't enough fun-loving, Shakespeare-quoting, anarchists these days.
23. As a super hero how would you react to your identity becoming public knowledge?
I would certainly not be very pleasant about it, per se. I'd simply learn to cope with the stares and such after a time, I suppose. If it gets too much, well, there's always a choice of just leaving the country with a new identity and building a new life in some obscure little town or on a deserted island.
24. What is your weakness (because every hero has one!)?
A lack of empathy/sympathy and my volatile moods. It would be worse if I had superpowers, I'd expect, because I'd be able to wreak as much destruction as possible without even stopping to think about the damage and harm I might be causing others.
25. Please share at least 2 pictures of your self, or write a brief description of your appearance if you are uncomfortable or unable to post a photo.
I'm a typical Asian girl. I'm of average height and weight, with black hair, black eyes.
26. Is there anything else you would like to add?
They have Waffles!