Keisha Catle Hughes was great in Whale Rider: regal and inspiring...Paikea aspired to be chief, and she was the daughter of a chief... she played that aristocratic/rangatira dignity really well.
Obara is the daughter of a prostitute and lived in a brothel till she was 12. I suppose this dissonance between her best role and Obara's character, accounts for the strange warrior monk portrayal.
paranoid theory of the day:
Jaime is tall, good looking and fit/sporty type, just as Sansa reminds them of the pretty girl who rejected them in highschool, so Jaime reminds them of the jerk jock who girls actually liked (because he was likable, not because they felt sorry for him and put up with his 'friendship' out of pity).
i agree, I would find it quite difficult to write from the perspective of a crystalline based starfish alien (anyone read the Eliezer Yudowsky??? story about the baby eating aliens and then these aliens come along who experience orgasms 24/7 and think humans are as badly off as the baby eaters). But Andalites, because they were mammals and herd animals are alot easier to write about.
Of course, I lived on a farm at the time, so I had more opportunities to observe cattle (and our neighbours horses and sheep).
i am confused by the fact that they see the Lannisters as heroes. you would think they would go completely pro-Stark and completely miss the moral ambiguity of characters like Cersei and Jaime... instead they saw Tywin as a hero, Cersei as a heroine but still saw Jaime as a monster... it makes no sense?
In Australia we have preferential voting (like the hugos) and mandatory voting. I think this is great at guarding against extremism (keeps the weirdos on the fringes of politics) and yet represents the people.
Admittedly we are not so happy with the current prime minister (he is a weirdo, infiltrating what should be a centre right party).
However where you to apply such a system to literary awards you would end up with very bland books winning.
Whilst they are individuated, aliens should be different. Andalites are herbivores so their instincts are probably quite different from ours; they probably play different from us.
It's been a while since I was writing Animorphs fanfiction.