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Dear fic writers:

I know FULL WELL that Djaq is 1) what was called Saracen in the show's ~historical timeline (which is really whacked because of the show writers' less than stellar historical
accuracy but that's a rant for a different place or my own journal) but is now probably ~best called Palestinian? and 2) a woman. You DON'T need to use 'the Saracen woman' or the 'Saracen outlaw' as alternative descriptions for her. Yes, I am well of aware of instances in canon where her nationality is THE MOST interesting thing about her (i.e. how the Sheriff and Gisborne call her 'Hood's pet Saracen a handful of times) BUT among the GANG and the villagers, that would NOT be the most interesting thing about her. Nor is her gender. Please remember that the gang treated her in ninety-nine point nine respects as one of the lads. Much even says it BEST (in Season 1, Episode 10 "Peace? Off!" for those parties who are interested): "Apart from being a GIRL, Djaq's one of the LADS." He COULD have said, "Apart from bring a SARACEN, Djaq's one of the lads." BUT HE DIDN'T ! WHICH MEANS YOU SHOULDN'T MAKE HER NATIONALITY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT HER! What you CAN do is call her BY NAME OR BY A CANON DESCRIPTION (i.e. "Hood's Pet Saracen" when the viewpoint character is Gisborne or the Sheriff) when the point of view character is someone who knows her or even of her (i.e. Daniel and the other boys in 'Child Hood', Season 2 Episode 3), and call her 'exotic' when the viewpoint character doesn't know who she is. In fact THIS (the viewpoint character doesn't (yet) know who Djaq is) IS THE ONLY TIME WHEN CALLING HER 'the SARACEN WOMAN' is probably ACTUALLY APPROPRIATE AT ALL! And for the matter of Post-S2 finale fics, where the focus is on her and Will together as a couple in the Holy Land? The one who would stand out in a crowd is NO LONGER DJAQ, it is NOW WILL! Please bear that in mind. Sure, I don't mind people being mistrustful of her AT FIRST BECAUSE SHE IS a Saracen but THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE ONE AND ONLY REASON they mistrust her. Perhaps because they don't understand her medical knowledge or something related to that? Aside from Matilda and the midwives because men just didn't deliver babies back then, it SIMPLY WASN'T DONE (cue Jack and Gus from Disney's Cinderella dancing around and singing 'It simply isn't done, it simply isn't done' at this point), I believe the healing arts at this time in Europe (and for ages and ages afterwards) was mainly a male-dominated 'career' track? So They would, naturally, wonder how a WOMAN knows as much as she does about healing and medicine.


FUCK THE 'Djaq's most important character point is that she is a Saracen and from the Holy Land!' Thing! Just FUCK IT!


Sick of 'the MOST INTERESTING/IMPORTANT THING ABOUT DJAQ IS THAT SHE IS A SARACEN' in fandom,
A pissed off reader/writer,
Mels
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