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Old January 30 2014, 11:41 PM   #1
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I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

Ever since her debut in Greater than the Sum, T'Ryssa Chen has grated on my nerves far beyond what a Neelix-Wesley-Okana Devil Spawn ever could.

Her "hey i'm wacky and hip, and will say the darndest things" through her debut novel, to her idiot naked prancing, beer drinking, Konya humping post-Destiny antics, to all of a sudden she's a competent bridge officer capable of standing down Bateson and the Gorn in orbit of Orion. I honestly think its a conspiracy. Bennett, Mack, Ward, Leisner and Swallow all working together to see how much they can aggravate me until I throw my kindle at the wall.

Then Dayton provided an analogy in a recent episode of Literary Trek's that solidified it for me. He compared her to Abby Sciuto on NCIS. Another character I loathe. So both Television and Books have now merged into one personification of a character of someone I wish would die. And not some Spock like heroic death.

Give her the Rot that the Selevians get.

Please Una, I love you. Jeff Lang if you see this, you are great.

Please in your 2014 novels, if you don't murder her just place her on vacation throughout your books.
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Old January 30 2014, 11:59 PM   #2
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

Do you like everyone you know? I don't. It's okay that you don't like her - perfectly valid. Consider, if you will, the possibility that instead of a badly written character that you are supposed to like, she is a well-written character that you are meant to hate.
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Old January 31 2014, 12:08 AM   #3
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

A lot of people like T'Ryssa a lot. Personally, I think that anything that elicits strong positive reactions in some people will elicit strong negative reactions in others, and the only way to offend no one is to delight no one. I'm just glad Trys makes a strong impression.
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Old January 31 2014, 12:18 AM   #4
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

I love Trys and I love Abby on NCIS too, so I guess that kind of character just appeals to me.
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Old January 31 2014, 01:40 AM   #5
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

I said it in another thread recently... Chen is the only Lit character on the E-E who has an actual personality of her own. Love it or hate it, at least it's something different.
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Old January 31 2014, 01:44 AM   #6
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

So who is she Mary Sue-ing for?
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Old January 31 2014, 01:49 AM   #7
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

I like her, but much like Abby, I can easily see how she would irritate some people, too.
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Old January 31 2014, 03:01 AM   #8
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

Trys is my favorite Treklit character who is not my namesake or maaaaaybe Prynn Tenmei. But Prynn hasn't done anything in like ten years save one moment in The Fall, so.
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Old January 31 2014, 03:22 AM   #9
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

Tain wrote: View Post
Ever since her debut in Greater than the Sum, T'Ryssa Chen has grated on my nerves far beyond what a Neelix-Wesley-Okana Devil Spawn ever could.

Her "hey i'm wacky and hip, and will say the darndest things" through her debut novel, to her idiot naked prancing, beer drinking, Konya humping post-Destiny antics, to all of a sudden she's a competent bridge officer capable of standing down Bateson and the Gorn in orbit of Orion. I honestly think its a conspiracy. Bennett, Mack, Ward, Leisner and Swallow all working together to see how much they can aggravate me until I throw my kindle at the wall.

Then Dayton provided an analogy in a recent episode of Literary Trek's that solidified it for me. He compared her to Abby Sciuto on NCIS. Another character I loathe. So both Television and Books have now merged into one personification of a character of someone I wish would die. And not some Spock like heroic death.

Give her the Rot that the Selevians get.

Please Una, I love you. Jeff Lang if you see this, you are great.

Please in your 2014 novels, if you don't murder her just place her on vacation throughout your books.
Abby's one of the best parts of watching NCIS, and Pauley Perrette is great in the part. I love the Abby/Gibbs dynamic in the show
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Old January 31 2014, 03:28 AM   #10
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

I do like her, she's a different personality than what we've seen in a while & it's refreshing.
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Old January 31 2014, 03:31 AM   #11
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

I get it. I really do! I totally understand how someone can get a hate-on for Trys.

I, however, am not one of those people. I'll be the president of the T'Ryssa Chen fan club if you'll let me. I totally love the mentor/protege relationship she and Picard have. I think she's a breath of fresh air into a series that I already enjoy. And I even enjoy the fact that she elicits such strong feelings in others!
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Old January 31 2014, 03:36 AM   #12
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

She's a refreshing change of pace, a welcome addition to the sometimes overly serious 24th century cast of characters.
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Old January 31 2014, 06:01 AM   #13
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

When I saw the title of the thread, I expected that Chen would be the subject.

I like her, but I can see how others don't. A friend and fellow Treklit leader quite dislikes her for her erratic behaviour etc. I like her trajectory and potential.
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Old January 31 2014, 06:25 AM   #14
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

I like Chen.
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Old January 31 2014, 05:49 PM   #15
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Re: I hate her so much I skip pages with her on it.

I've got no problems with Chen. Same with the rest of the new novel-specific Enterprise crew.
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