March 5th, 2007
|10:24 pm - Fanfic/Fanart cat fights|
I've heard a lot of complaints about fanfics and fanarts lately, I mean there's always been some debate over how to comment appropriately on fan-works that aren't masterpieces, you know, those debates on what exactly constitutes as constructive criticism, what's plain flaming, etc. etc. but the fire seems to be gaining fuel lately.
I admit I haven't dabbled in fanfics for a looooooooong time. I've only written I think 3 stories, and although I used to read them almost everyday (mostly gundam wing and weiss kreuz) recently I've gone for months without one. Fanarts I tend to participate in a bit more (although recently I haven't drawn anything really serious either). But honestly, I mean....these are just hobbies people have for fun right? No one's making money off of these things generally, and we write/draw characters from particular anime/manga because we want to see/read about them in particular situations with particular people that wasn't provided in the anime/manga. So...why all the cat fights over it? Authors and artists write and draw what they want to see/read, readers and viewers see what they want to read/view. If you don't like a piece, just click the back button, or if you're feeling generous that day then offer a few polite sentences of critique.
I mean if I wrote something, and someone comments to say perhaps I can improve on certain mechanics of my writing (spelling, grammar, etc.) or maybe my writing style (slow down the pace, more descriptions, etc.) these are advises that can help with writing from fanfics to essays for classes and I would certainly appreciate it. But if they critique on the way I characterized someone, or maybe the situation's not real enough, etc, well.....these are very specific to the content of that particular piece of writing
unless I somehow incorporate Tezuka and Atobe into every essay I write for my profs and since these are FANfics then if the author wants to see Tezuka acting like Atobe or have him be an angsty, depressed, suicidal teen that likes jumping off of rooftops for fun, then he/she has every right to do so. At the same time, readers have every right not to read it because 1 Atobe's about all we can take. Is the situation really "realistic"? Probably not...but then, why not just open CBC/CNN/ABC/BBC's websites instead and read the news for some realism? A lot of times even when I'm reading the news I think to myself I must be stuck in some nasty nightmare because reality cannot possibly be so screwed up, so once in awhile having Tezuka and Fuji sail into the sunset with a unicorn flying over a rainbow overhead and a pregnant Atobe wishing them the best of luck in their marriage lightens the mood of reality a bit, so why not?
On the characterization side of things, putting aside the fact that these people are animated and thus their characterization aside from what's seen in the anime/manga is up to anyone's guess, even real peoples' personalities change. A stoic person at 13 doesn't mean he/she will be that way for the rest of his/her life, a happy and optimistic person can still fall into depression and pessimism. I myself used to be an A+ student and happy as a clam with life and then I fell to depression and did some really not-so-good things, but now (and even during the depression outside of my close close friends) if you met me you'd never think that I would be capable of doing such things or even falling into depression, so what law claims that animated people stay the same?
But there's one rule of thumb I always go by when critiquing on other people's works and that's no swearing what-so-ever. Swears are provocative and even if the rest of the critique is very constructive and helpful, the swears will be all that's on the author/artists mind and any response they make will in turn be very defensive and everything just goes downhill from there. So please peeps, let's take a step back and realize all this stuff we're fighting about was meant to be fun, relaxing, entertainment that lets us forget the troubles of reality and inspire us to reach for our own dreams to make this world a little better however we can. It's honestly just not worth all this negativity.
[EDIT]: For those of you waiting for the 2 recipes from the previous post, I'll have them up soon I promise, I want to post it with photos so I have to cook those dishes again ^^;;
Its ridiculous that a person has to resort to that kind of crap to get their point across. Then they make the excuse, "I said it that way to hit home." You do NOT need to word it like that to "hit home." Someone needs to learn that zomg for once they weren't perfect.
*Blink* Eh? Something happened somewhere with someone's fanfic?? Hit home? Baseball? Perfect? KAZUKI!! *bricked* @___@
wtf? xD Did you not see the link pixxers posted? :O
I think I must've missed that one, was it in the post where she asked a bunch of questions?
And one of the reasons why I prefer doing original writing then fan fiction. However due to blocks, I tend to dab in fanart xD;;
Is this old wank about fanfics/fanart? Or just recent?
And yes, I would agree with you about the how people change. I mean if in RL it happens why not animated people?
Well I kind of knew the issue existed a few years back when I read fanfics on a daily basis, but it seems recently it has gotten refueled with energy. x___x
Wonder what happened? :/
I think the honestly meme got out of hand...
Omg did you?? Isn't that like, THE best fic EVAR!!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAA!!! *bricked*
*Ahem* yeah I do that too generally, just read and leave, unless I really really really superly loved a fic, then I'd comment (or if I'm just really bored and need to kill time BAD).
*nods* I agree with you.
Fandom could be scary sometimes, especially when it comes to their OTP >_< That's why I try to keep all my fic/art works in my own LJ, just feel safer under the rock ^^;; I think it's all about maturity and how they could differentiate things between 'fiction' and 'real world'...