I'm just a pathetic loser who has no life and just happens to write stuff when the mood strikes. I'm very limited as a writer for various reasons, chief among them being the fact that I've spent more than a decade of my life indoors, being around (much less knowing) no more than a handful of people at any time, and very rarely seeing anything beyond the property I live on (with said property being in a small county dominated by trees and fields for crops and livestock). It also doesn't help that I was born with a very defective brain. Oh, and I'm poor, so a lack of reference material and food can also be an issue.
I couldn't tell you why I write. I suppose it's to pass the time while I await my demise. But some ideas (a lot, actually) like to stick around in my noggin, and it's annoying because they're basically teasers to stories that I'd like to read yet don't exist. Perhaps that means that I write for myself, except I've yet to actually like anything that I've ever written. I blame my lack of self-worth and flourishing self-loathing. And apathy? Sure; let's go with that, too.
Some might find it odd that I will never write a story for the sake of any one relationship in the romantic or sexual sense. Any relationship of that kind, that happens to exist in one of my stories, will be pre-existing or a byproduct of something else. And I only allow that byproduct since I'm well aware that such relationships are normal and rather often expected. Friendship and familial relationships — on the other hand — are just fine and dandy. I suppose it's because I'm an avowed virgin and plan to stay that way even until the day I die. (See what I did there?)
My Modus Operandi
It's my belief that the more a source material is discarded, changed or outright ignored, the less that a story is actually fan-fiction and the more that it is simply fiction with familiar/similar characters, settings and premises. While other writers are free to do whatever they want with their artistic licenses, I aim to write for the audience who expects to see a close approximation of what they're a fan of instead of a mere likeness of it. Of course, since perception and opinion can make the expectations of readers vary about certain things (particularly pertaining to the characters), I don't want, desire or expect myself or other writers to get things perfectly right.
That said, I'm more inclined to make my ideas fit with the source material than the other way around. In the case of the latter, it will almost always be a case of the source material having some kind of flaw that I can take advantage of, which usually comes in the form of contradictions, uncertainties or unknowns. Basically, canon comes first in most cases, followed by whatever creative whim that has struck me. In fact, I don't ever write any story about anything unless I feel I'm familiar enough with the source material, and have enough of said source material so I can reference it when needed.
Ranma is my protagonist of choice, which will be the case in most instances. His curse is one reason for this, but it's also because he's one of the characters I've known the longest and am thus quite familiar with him. In addition to that, I find his character fairly malleable, his abilities and curse often a plus for various crossover settings and situations, and he can be translated well into either serious or non-serious stories. (After all, Ranma 1/2 does
have its share of serious stories, wherein we get a glance of that sort of character, too.)
Aside from Ranma, as a writer I don't really favor or hate any characters. My first concern will be their role, which will be determined based on who they are and what they have to offer in regard to what I have in mind for a story, rather than whether I like or dislike them. My tastes tend to lean toward male-to-female sex-change situations and the friendship between girls (possibly leading to intimacy/romance), which is something I usually try to mitigate for the sake of variety and the desire to take storytelling seriously.
As far as OOC is concerned: all characters in fan-fiction are inherently OOC to some degree. Why? Because the only people who can rightly determine if the characters aren't OOC are the ones that created the characters in the first place. So, while OOC in fan-fiction isn't as bad as some might make it, obviously there's still such a thing as being too
OOC. At the very least I hope to avoid that
I recommend that fast readers practice some moderation in the pace at which they read. I tend to say as much as I can with as little as I can, so it's not uncommon for information to be implicit and/or concise. If you read too fast then you might not pick up or absorb what you'll need to know for something that comes up later.
Stuff I Like
If any of the above isn't enough to tell you what kind of person I am, here's a list that could either help with that or confuse you further.
- Dragon Half (manga)
- Galaxy Angel (anime)
- Ranma 1/2 (manga)
- Sailor Moon (manga)
- Aa! Megami-sama! (manga)
- Magical Project S (anime)
- Touhou Project series (video game & manga)
- Kami-sama Hajimemashita/Kiss (manga)
- Fire Emblem series (video game)
- Binbougami Ga! (manga)
- Nichijou (anime)
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series (anime & manga)
- Disgaea series (video game)
- Magic Knight Rayearth (manga)
- Cardcaptor Sakura (manga)
- Usotsuki Lily (manga)
- Hime-chan no Ribbon (manga)
- Aria (anime)
- Slayers (anime & manga)
- Hayate no Gotoku (anime & manga)
- Inari, Kon-kon, Koi Iroha (manga)
- Gokudo (anime)
- "Tales of" series (video game)
- Hayate x Blade (manga)
- Shinryaku! Ika Musume (anime & manga)
- Angelic Layer (manga)
- Keion! (anime & manga)
- Shugo Chara! (manga)
- Star Ocean series (video game)
- Azumanga Daioh (anime)
- Working! (anime)
- Growlanser series (video game)
The following stuff I don't really care much for, but that doesn't mean I couldn't see a use for them in terms of writing fan-fiction.
- Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (anime)
- To Love-Ru (manga)
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (cartoon)