XD ^Well, this comment just made my day!^ Hope you love it, Gail!!!
My Gail-centered meme. Hope you love it, Gail!!! The link to it’s over here. ;)
Lets reblog this so Gail can see! Because Gail is awesome and fun and she’s like this fun, dirty-minded Aunt who does awesome stuff for you.
Trust me, if you’ve ever read Killer Princesses and the Chewbacca joke she made, you’ll know what I mean.
ALL the Gail Simone appreciation! Living a Gail Simone Appreciation Life, over here.
I think what I love the most about Gail Simone’s writing is that she brings so much warmth and humanity to her heroes and heroines. Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t sacrifice the toughness or the action for even a second - and that’s as it should be. She writes strong heroines who are not to be messed with. But her writing is also incredibly full of heart, and I love that. Her characters are people filled with love and compassion, not just physical strength:
Look at how she writes the Big Three in these scenes. So many writers just focus on making the Trinity as hardcore and unbeatable as possible. But that’s only a small part of who they are. When I read scenes like these, I’m aware that these people are not only walking symbols of heroism, they are also humans filled with goodness and love. I understand why they are symbols not only of strength, but also of love and goodness to the world. She focuses on these people as characters, not just as superheroes. They all show it in different ways (Bruce is a lot more tentative in showing that human side, which is just as it should be) but these scenes all show the same warmth and heart that is so often missing from comics these days.
Even her fight scenes have an emotional core which I love. It’s not just about the blows themselves - it’s also about what’s behind them. Even the action scenes are character-driven, and reveal so much about the individuals involved:
These aren’t just generic fight scenes that could be happening between any two characters. Even in scenes like these, Simone’s characterization is absolutely spot-on. (By the way, I’ve heard people criticize the Shiva/Huntress scene because Helena is nowhere near Shiva’s level. To which I say: Yeah, that’s the point. It’s acknowledged multiple times in-story. Helena didn’t have a chance of winning that fight, and she knew it. But she was determined to hold Shiva off long enough to give Dinah the time she needed, and she put up a darn good fight because she used tactics Shiva wasn’t expecting. It’s a perfect example of a strong, character-driven fight scene with a powerful emotional undercurrent.)
And she doesn’t write her characters as flawlessly perfect, but there’s no needless character destruction to further the plot, either. Instead, she writes characters with consistent flaws and weaknesses, allows for growth, and creates tension between characters that is natural and character-driven rather than manufactured:
And then, of course, there’s the fact that she writes scenes that make me squee and melt like a total fangirl:
(Okay, so the end of that scene always makes me laugh, but the parts before it? SO freakin’ precious.)
I don’t care what anyone else says - that kind of love and friendship is what really makes the stories compelling to me. More than the cool fight scenes. And Simone writes it better than anyone else.