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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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Pick five, or ten, or more, of your fic titles. List them in your journal and explain how you came up with each one. Post this prompt as well, so that the meme spreads.

Hmmm. The thing is, a lot of my titles are pretty self-evident.

Dragonslayer. With this, I wanted to make the old connection between a knight and the slaying of a dragon--Lucas had of course conveniently provided us with krayt dragons on Tatooine, so there's a direct connection. But instead of the pride of being a dragonslayer, Luke in this story is eaten up by what he's done, so there's irony in it as well. Obi-Wan is meanwhile dealing symbolically with his own "fire-breathing dragon," the ghost-memory of Anakin which he simply can't shake or forgive himself for, and at the end, his choice to raise the baby krayt dragons--to once again take responsibility for unwanted younglings--is the beginning of reawakening his caretaker self... slaying the dragon of his own fear of failure.

The Smart One is how Anakin refers to Palo, Padmé's (apparent) former boyfriend, or at least former crush, who became an artist instead of going into politics ("Maybe he's the smart one"). Palo has, in fact, crafted himself a good life--he has a stable marriage and has at least enjoyed some success, although he's unhappy about the state of the galaxy. In contrast, of course, Anakin himself is miserably living as Vader... not the smartest choice ever. Palo, however, obstinately refuses to look at truths that are right in front of him, and ultimately walks away from his art... not smart.

Autopilot came from a line in TPM, when Anakin says to R2, "We have to get this thing off autopilot before it gets us both killed!" Autopilot in that sense struck me as symbolic of all the forces of fate that are tugging at Anakin, pulling him into the path we as the audience know he'll take, with that line a kind of fighting against it--proof that he could have done so. But in the story, the autopilot wins. Anakin surrenders to it and becomes a slave again, just as he will later, to Palpatine. And Kenobi, a believer in the Unifying Force--a sort of ultimate autopilot--thinks it's just nifty.

The Ascension of the Queen was one that a_p_ and I thought about and talked about for a long time. We knew that after By the Grace of Lady Vader, we wanted another word with religious overtones, but what would it be? How would the story go? We hadn't initially talked about her dying (sorry for the spoiler, but I figure anyone who wants to read this one and reads this journal probably already has), but the title itself started us thinking in that direction, I think, because of the resonance of the word "ascension." In Grace, "Lady Vader" did refer pretty much exclusively to Amidala, though Leia's obsession with her heritage was starting to come into play. In Ascension, the double-reference of "The Queen" was quite deliberate. Neither woman is called "The Queen" anymore--Amidala once was, on Naboo, but now she's Empress, while Leia was perpetually a Princess. But in the ascension of the Queen, we see Queen Amidala, the responsible leader, ascending over Empress Amidala, Lady Vader, the despot--retaking her own soul. And we also see Princess Leia, always second generation, beginning (badly) to take her adult role, and ultimately finding the queen within herself. Phew. That one actually had a real explanation!

Your Very Own Dora was a title that came to me from Remus's line in the story--the first line that came into my head--when Dora asks whose Dora she shall be, now that Sirius has gone bad and is in Azkaban. Remus suggests that she should be her "very own Dora." Since I had a feeling that the story was going to be about the beginning of the bossy independence she later shows, it seemed like a good title... except for one thing. Dora didn't want to be her very own Dora--it sounded lonely, for heaven's sake, and what kind of silliness would it be to think it meant she belonged to someone else anyway? To Remus, it had the traditional ownership connotation. To Dora, being Sirius's Dora had been something akin to being defined as his cousin, or his friend, or whatnot--to no longer be anyone's Dora but her own was to feel like she'd been blasted out of someone's life. She won't allow Remus to blast her from his life, not after so much has happened, so when she signs her letter "Your very own Dora," she is both refuting his "possession" notion of the relationship and accepting his words into herself.

Invisible was originally just titled "Cloak," because it dealt with the Invisibility Cloak, but the theme of Snape's invisibility to the Order and to the "good guys" was so prominent that "Invisible" just had to be the title.
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