- ITDG's Hate of Fanfics w/ OC's
- March 7th, 2009
I definitely understand if this is totally ironic as I also write fanfics with OC's (like New World's Flight... Whatever its called, I can't remember), but eh, I don't write those anymore cause I find them a bit too... Ergh. (Ergh is an adjective on my dictionary.)
Anyway. For authors who finds this offensive, or whatever, I'm sorry.
I, always, avoid reading stories with OC as the main lead. I mean, I don't really mind if the OC's are a side-character that isn't even mentioned in the summary. But otherwise, I try to get away from it.
The reason is because of how I have this trauma of reading a story, in which the OC can't even fit in the universe the story is in. I don't remember exactly what is it, but it was so weird, it got engraved to my mind into a permanent fear. It was awkward, it was weird, it passed the border line of the ridiculous.
I know. It's probably just a childhood(???) fear. But I see this pattern repeating, and I'm a perfectionist; I can't let go of a single mistake very easily. I can't read a fanfic about Japanese people when the OC's name is a Western name. Or their powers are a bit too godmod. OR when the OC's connection to the canon characters becomes too annoying.
Perhaps this is why I also avoid crossover fics; it's only my personal opinion, but Harry Potter and Naruto isn't a good ingredient for a good fanfic.
What I prefer more is an AU story. It gives the author more freedom to twist the characters' profile.
But sometimes I stopped in the middle of those when I realized the appearances a/o personalities of the characters are changed by OVER NINETHOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAND. I do get tired of emo!Naruto, maybe because I'm too used to his happy-go-lucky/dattebayo attitude.
Then again, I don't mind it if it's yaoi-awesome. Yes, favoritism does happen in my life.
So, eh, an advice... No. That's not right. It's more of a suggestion... So suggestion for authors with fanfics that has OC's as main lead:
Maybe consider writing an original story for the characters? You get more freedom this way. If you insists on the character having a relationship with a canon series' character, maybe try putting the canon guys secretly?
Remember, this is a suggestion. Not a must, not a flame.
But... I have to admit this post actually resembles a flame message....
I deeply apologize in advance.