Inflow of Japanese Characters
I’m pretty sure everyone knows where to point the blame. Manga and anime—a Japanese creation, inspired by America’s Disney animations, that has gotten immensely popular over the decades, but this really shouldn’t be complained about, especially if said Japanese characters are OCs for a Japanese-based canon universe for a fan fiction. I could say the same thing about the inflow of animal-like characters for the Sonic fandom, or the vector-styled ponies for My Little Ponies. I’m also sure people had complaints about “black” literature, or the inflow of strong female heroines. The inflow of Japanese characters isn’t any different.
I am writing an original story in the Japanese setting, and I plan to write other stories also in the Japanese setting, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t have plans to write in other settings. Why did I choose Japan for the story I’m writing? Mostly because the story is supposed to be a written manga, but Japan’s culture and laws fit what I wanted. Japan’s history is filled with beginnings, endings, rebirths, and spirituality—not to mention the current society trends and laws—were very suitable for the plot.
If someone wants to write in a Japanese setting let them, even if you despise people who write in the setting. Even if it’s just a trend or a phase. Just because you’re annoyed at the sheer quantity of something, doesn’t mean that other people aren’t enjoying these stories. Given time, these authors will most likely move on to other settings to write about, so in the mean time, think of it as practice.
Preparing Character Outlines Reviewers Will Review
I talked about how ineffective reviewers can be by listing the red flags I look for before deciding whether or not to request a review from these people, but now I want to talk about the character outlines themselves. When I reviewed characters for OC Support, there were some people that either didn't understand what I needed to review their characters and didn’t fill out the information that I needed or requested that I reviewed character outlines despite them being incomplete. I didn’t think I had all of the information, so I didn’t feel comfortable relaying my opinion that may have missed the mark for their story, so I denied them. It's one thing if the writer is stuck and wants opinions on how to complete their outlines, of which I would recommend discussing it in a writing circle, and wait to complete the outline before requesting a review, but it's another if you say your outline is completed, but it's missing the information the reviewer needs to review the
100 Theme Challenge - Writing
1] Beginnings 2] Humor 3] Drama 4] Scary 5] Light 6] Dark 7] Happiness 8] Sadness 9] Balance 10] Anger 11] Murder 12] Medicine 13] Ancient 14] Modern 15] Futuristic 16] Good 17] Evil 18] Naughty 19] Honesty 20] Trickery 21] Creation 22] Destruction 23] War 24] Peace 25] Tribal 26] Asian 27] American 28] Rich 29] Poor 30] Water 31] Fire 32] Earth 33] Air 34] Tropical 35] Arctic 36] Birth 37] Death 38] Nice 39] Cruel 40] Shallow 41] Deep 42] Fashion 43] Vanity 44] Gluttony 45] Sloth 46] Pride 47] Spring 48] Summer 49] Autumn 50] Winter 51] School 52] Forest 53] Farm 54] Religion 55] Angels
Yu-Gi-Oh OC Bio Template
Name - PERSONAL INFO Allergies - Available/Taken - Birthday (Age) - Blood Type - Drinks? - Eye Color - Gender - Hair Color - Health Condition(s) - Height - IQ - Mental Condition(s) - Occupation - Physical Condition - Sexuality - Smokes? - Weight - PERSONALITY Short Bio - Dreams - Fears - LIKES/DISLIKES Colors - Deck - Drink - Food - Hobbies - Monsters - RELATIONS Father - Mother - Brother(s) - Sister(s) - Other Family - Friends - Love Interest - Enemies - Affiliations -
Questions for Characters
Beyond The Basics in Building Characters (Or making your 'house' come alive with interesting tchotchkes) This isn't going to be the typical character questionnaire that asks what the character's height, religion, job, ect. I like knowing things about characters beyond their likes, their height and weight, parents' names, and such. I like putting them in hypothetical situations and watching them come alive, so to speak. If naming and assigning appearance to a character is laying the foundation and giving them background information is building the house, then think of this questionnaire as filling the place with tchotchkes! Sure, you mi
Now that you mention, I do have a share of Japanese characters, but actually only one story has them heavily and the story is based on the Satsuma Rebellion, which happened right in the kicker of Meiji Era (Honestly, though, I chose it to have an East-West mix in the works and justify a Japanese boy wielding a claymore). The other stories I have are pretty mixed, being the only other one with Japanese characters as secondary characters, being main characters Western boys (one has an American, another one has a Latino) and a retcon of a character whose adventures will happen in New Jersey.