Last week, I was invited to participate in SFSignal’s Mind Meld. It’s a weekly feature in which the blog invites various genre professionals to answer a set question of interest to genre fans. This week the question was “If you had the liberty to do so, what genre figures would you crossover in a book, show or film?” It was great fun playing with ideas to cross over some of my favorite characters. Who hasn’t ever toyed with the notion of bringing their best fictional friends together in one place? It’s a staple of fan fiction (although sometimes the physical relationships are so farfetched they become comedy gold. For example, these.) In addition to the crossovers I suggested for the Mind Meld, I’ve always thought it might be fun to see superspy Michael Westen (Burn Notice) joining forces with the Leverage team. Their missions are similar, and their combinations of skills would make for some exciting stories. On the other hand, even though serial killer Dexter Morgan (Dexter) lives in Miami mere miles from Michael Westen, they could never work together. Their methods are too different, and they simply wouldn’t be able to trust each other, to the point that the mission would fail. The attraction of crossovers is in figuring out which characters would get along, or not, and how the interaction would go. It requires an understanding of the characters whose stories you hope to blend together. As I mentioned, in fan fiction, sometimes the crossovers are ridiculous because the characters involved have nothing emotionally in common. It’s a good exercise for getting to know your own characters, by learning what makes someone else’s characters tick.
So today, let’s have some fun. Tell me the genre characters you’d like to cross over. Books, film or television, or any combination thereof. If you want to blend your own characters to some established ones, that’s okay, too, but be careful not to fall into the Mary Sue trap. Create your crossovers, and tell me why those characters would work well together.