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Why the Majority of OC-Centered Stories are Bad

Discussion in 'RWBY Fandom' started by KineticKaiser, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Oneiros

    Oneiros Happy-Go-Lucky Mod of Justice & Love
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    Truthful and accurate characterisation, of course :D
     
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    Oneiros Happy-Go-Lucky Mod of Justice & Love
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    Depressingly, it shouldn't be that hard to make reasonable OCs.

    Probably the first and most important detail to observe is that they shouldn't be a self-insert/author avatar! Because then it starts getting mixed up in your own ego and you start having a hard time chewing on that character like you ought.

    At its heart making an OC is the exact same as making any other character. Give them a background they came from, an ambition or desire they are heading to, and the place they are now. Give them stress points, talents, and the people they interact with. Grow their personality like a web between these points.

    It is the same with OCs. The only thing is that once you have them, you need to interweave them with the canon plot. Some people think OCs should be wholly partitioned away, but I don't see the point of that. A quarantined character does a story no good. But don't let an OC become a pivot point for the whole canon series, distorting everything around them. (If you think this may be happening, get someone who knows you to read the character's parts in the story and ask them if they bear an unconscious resemblance to you :p)
     
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    Hey. Guys. I just realized.
    All canon characters are just OCs that went mainstream.

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    EDIT: Bella Swan is a canon Sue.
    So many things make sense now.
     
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    Oneiros Happy-Go-Lucky Mod of Justice & Love
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    Fundamentally, yes!
     
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    Oh, I'm aware that's it's very common bad habit in fandoms in general, which like I said before, is one of the reasons why I avoid fanfics with OCs in general.

    Woah, well that sounds incredibly atrocious.
     
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    I almost feel like reading this just to see how bad it truly is.
     
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    This has an incomplete sporking of it that helps dull the pain and boredom. But the angels being stupid part primarily shows up in the expanded "universe".
    But to give you a taste of how offensive that guy gets, at one point he calls the slave trade stupid and his entire character can be summed up with the quote "superpowers don't have allies, only interests."
     
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    Same, assuming it wouldn't kill too much of my time, and maybe brain cells.
     
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    I've tried that before, it never turns out well for your brain.
     

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