Last year, as some probably remember, I was deeply opposed to the very idea of Shellie May. Now that we're approaching Sweet Duffy 2011 and her first anniversary, I thought it might be interesting to talk about how we perceive Shellie May. I still think she did change the meaning of "Duffy" in a limiting way, but I think she added more than she took away. I have to say, I can't believe it's only been a year and she's grown on me this much.
Her magic is really different from Duffy's magic; she definitely has her own identity. While I'd agree with you that the need to have a male version and a female version of "the teddy bear character" probably is a TDS market thing, Shellie does potentially add something worth having to the Duffyverse. She's not officially developed yet, but I do think she's a genuine character. I really find her energy different from, yet completely complimentary to Duffy's. I have a true story about Shellie May magic in the real world that I can't wait to share, but it's still unfolding...
By the way, FutureImagineer, I imagine that Shellie loves to travel and explore as much as Duffy does, but her spirit was inherited from a shipwreck, so she likes big cruises but not daring sea voyages. Maybe she's even actually terrified of the sea! Or maybe just because (for me) her origins involve brave seafaring, she kinda thinks, "been there, done that." I think for Shellie May, it's less about adventure and more about socializing and cultural learning. I think she's fascinated by the human world, particularly its artists and creators (but she sees that in everyone), in a way that is slightly different from Duffy. In my world, Shellie May is a jet-setter (who wants to invite everyone to the party)! How do you guys see Shellie?
The one good thing about a lack of backstory is that we still get to have this kind of speculation, I guess.