These are the Editing Notes for my FFVII fanfiction Northern Lights (which you can find at the end of that link). I will be discussing a myriad of topics along with my frequently tangential and harried editing process. You should be able to garner some enjoyment and insight from this without having read the story and/or without prior knowledge of the original game, but if you’re a fan of paranormal romance and/or dark fantasy, you may find it to your liking. The story will be spoiled in this editing examination, though I will do my best to mark spoilers for any other narratives I mention. Thanks for your interest and enjoy!
Jumping right in because I want to try to get to Chapter 9 tonight. I also think I had a dream about the story because I woke up with a conversation in my head, one that isn’t yet in the narrative. It had to do with Aeris telling Sephiroth that he was the gentlest man to ever touch her (which I believe is somewhere in here, but I couldn’t find it today on my phone), and then Seph jumping to the ridiculous conclusion that Zack had been rough with her to which Aeris assures him is not remotely the case. It was really the former general going to extremes because of his self-loathing i.e. if he’s the gentlest, anyone prior must’ve been terrible and rough, because he (Seph) is a monster. I’d imagine Aeris would be in a sort of amused but poignant state, because Zack was way too much of a puppy to ever do anything awful, probably more awkward, silly, and a little clumsy whereas Sephiroth is more graceful and reserved. Soooo I totally lied about jumping right in hehe.
One final thing (final? Ha…) I was having a conversation at work today with my friend Andrew (who I’ve mentioned before) about Les Misérable, because that’s what we do; that’s what we talk about. I was schooling him on some of the intricacies of the story that aren’t showcased in the musical, which we both love; however, Andrew is not quite up and up on the original tale. So I was telling him how Gavrôche was Thénardier’s child along with Éponine, and both of them were killed upon the barricades.
It was a sad juxtaposition at least with Éponine because prior to Valjean’s arrival, Cosette was the drudge and Éponine and her sister Azelma (who isn’t mentioned in the musical at all along with two younger sons) were pampered and favored. Then the roles reversed with Cosette living as a young lady of the bourgeoisie.
Andrew was trying to understand how Thénardier knew that Valjean was a convict, and they don’t really explain that, but I figured the former innkeeper probably saw the chain scars on his wrists whereas our other friend believes it might’ve just been “criminal intuition” aka you know your own. He also might have found about about Valjean’s past in between him collecting Cosette and later.
As fore mentioned Les Mis is a huge influence for this story with the redemption arc, and I started thinking that Sephiroth in Northern Lights is a cross between Jean Valjean (redemption and penitence), the 10th doctor (forlorn with godlike powers), and a weeping angel (pretty obvious). There are many other inspirations, but these are major ones.
Oh kind of random, but I was totally attracted to Hugh Jackman in that role in the latest iteration. I had this as my background for a while. Yep, it topped Sephiroth…for a bit 😉
Future Narcissist here. So speaking of Les Mis, I’ve been listening to it for the past few days because I found this video of Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin in Stranger Things (ll be talking more about that later oh best believe…) singing “Bring Him Home,” and he has the voice of an angel. He plays Gavroche in the Broadway play, and “Bring Him Home” is sung by Valjean, but omg, I can’t even.
He’s too good for this world, too pure. I can’t wait for Season 2, which has just been announced. So. Fucking. Excited.
I needed to move a part from this chapter to Chapter 10. The location was really bothering me. I LOVE the exchange, but the placement seemed forced. It was Aeris almost having a flashback to the slums and what might’ve occurred had she tried to traverse Sector 2 alone. She starts trembling in his arms, and Sephiroth reassures the flower girl that he’ll never let anyone hurt her. I adore the sweetness of it, so I moved it to Chapter 10 where she’s already having a nightmare, and it just makes more sense.