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Why the Majority of OC-Centered Stories are Bad

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

  1. MechaG11

    MechaG11 Well-Known Member

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    I try to disconnect my OCs from whatever cannon I base them off of. Just because it's easier to manage. I'm used to figuring out how characters fit into their world and other characters. That's what happens when you try to make a Superhero story large enough to rival that of Marvel or DC.

    I actually don't find myself doing this much. I've made characters since I was 10 and it's always been for the sake of humor or fun. I look at my Fighting Foodon OCs and still enjoy them. Most characters I've scrapped usually make an upgraded comeback.
     
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    Not in the sense of fanfiction OCs- the horrid fanfiction I wrote in the Dark Times didn't have any- but I look at roleplaying characters I made years ago (heck even a year ago) and just think... "Why. Why did I think that was a good idea. Why did I think that'd be cool." I recall one time when I basically totally ripped off the backstory from an anime character, even though it made absolutely zero sense in the universe the RP was in.

    It's always a good sign when you feel that way though- it shows you're growing as a writer.
     
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    I've been thinking of doing an oc story that's connected to the cannon to some extent but i don't really have enough faith in my writing to write the cannon characters right or make my oc's interesting enough.
     
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    The trick is to have the OCs' stories run parallel to the canon story (as seen from the canon characters' POV), but not actually have them cross paths. The OCs are operating in the background, largely unseen by the canon characters (at least during moments directly featured in the show). That way, the OCs don't alter existing canon moments that they were never present for, and the canon characters don't overshadow the OCs, thereby giving the OCs room to tell their stories.

    For example, if you're in the Emerald Forest from Volume I, you could have your OCs see RWBY and JNPR fight the Nevermore and Deathstalker in the distance, and then see a King Taijitu attempting to enter the fray, only to be intercepted by your OCs before it reaches RWBY and JNPR. It adds a new background layer to a canon moment; that had your OCs not been nearby, RWBY's and JNPR's fight would have gotten much harder with the addition of a King Taijitu.

    You have to treat the canon characters like shadow people that are present in the general area, but not visible, because that's how the canon characters view the OCs that are nearby.
     
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    i was thinking that it might be better to have the oc's at one of the other academy's and have them have there own adventures and build their character before you have them intersect with cannon events at least at the start you could use an event like the vital festival to start intersecting later in your story.
     
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    You could do that, but the whole point behind what I said was to keep intersections at a minimum (if any at all). Your story is running parallel to canon, and isn't intertwining with it.
     
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    Mary Stueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees
     
  8. Unusual Kamheong

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    I have an example of an OC-centered story that pretty much sums it up.
    "RWBY A Tale of a Saiyan Faunus" by Merged Zamasu, a Dragonball X RWBY crossover. You can find it on FanFiction.net, and besides the OC problems, there are several other things that make it unreadable in the sense that it is not enjoyable. Most of these things are apparent in the first chapters.

    Not trying to send negativity to this guy or anything since I spoke with him before, but don't try to reason with him for he's unreasonable. He listens to no one and never takes advice or criticism. I think it's because there's an actual possibility that he's either not right in the head or is just very young and immature, but I can't say for sure.
     
  9. MechaG11

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    "We should end on a high note rather than go through all the realistic things that would happen with the death of an evil emperor."

    That's what spinoff books, comics, and video games are for. Duh. That's how you make that Disney money. $_$
     
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