OKAY so I thought about it and I might skip some of the Runewriter-related asks I’ve gotten because ahhhhhh even though they’re awesome I don’t wanna talk too much about character stuff while the comic is paused; that’s like gossiping about them while they’re out of town and hardly seems right! I’m thinking I might save those questions for when the comic restarts or to make vote incentives out of or something. >o>
But I just saw these this morning and
ONE of these questions is answered in the next chapter! 8D
We have a new movie coming out, which is going to mean more baby Bay fans!
BE FUCKING NICE TO THEM.
The other day I was out and a girl at the cash register looked at my shirt [had a bunch of G1 Autobots on it] and brightly asked if I liked Transformers. I chirped right back that I sure did, and asked if she was a fan. She was VERY ENTHUSIASTIC in her response, starting to talk about how much she loved it, and I asked if she was a long-time fan or a newer one.
She stopped dead. I actually watched her close up with fucking serious fear body language as she mumbled around the question. She looked like she thought I was gonna HIT HER.
I told her there wasn’t a wrong answer but she still ducked behind the freaking counter when she really quickly blurted out that she’d only seen the movies and she looked like she was going to cry in relief when I started gushing about my excitement for the new one.
We had a nice conversation between customers for a while. Because she clearly needed someone to fangirl with.
TO THE NEW FANS.
Just because they haven’t been following their whole lives or don’t like the same versions as you, or versions you don’t think highly of, does not make them lesser fans and sure as fuck does not make them lesser people that you can just be assholes to at your leisure.
Lets not be assholes, alright?
Agreed! We should, nay must, accept our new brethren! After all, they’ve got canon Transformers Slash. :U But seriously folks, TF is TF, and the fandom is big enough for all of us. That’s part of what makes this dang fandom so special and wonderful.
And, frembly remomber : the Bay Movies help keep the franchise afloat in the public eye, and allow the other series and toy lines to be greenlit by Hasbro because of their runaway financial success. Also when you go into the movies with the Terry Faraday analysis in the front of your mind, they become great deconstructions of the TF mythos as well as legit Shattered Glass movies. There’s so much to look forward to! Like all the new headcannons! And Headcanons! And pretty vehicles!! And gorgeous Chinese architecture!! And Crosshairs’ beautiful coattails *goes off to cry in his closet some more over Crosshairs’ design being what Lockdown’s should have been again like the big crybaby he is*
YOOOOOOO THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STORY THAT CAN APPLY TO EVERY FANDOM
Omg I’ve started something! *o*
is blonde hair normal for traders?
This was only mentioned in a vote incentive once, but no, Traders typically have dark hair, ranging allllllll the way from black to near-black-brown. Xira’s half-Varænski, though, and Varænskis often have fair hair, so that’s probably where that came from.
how are witches marked?
Witches get a symbol marked on the skin! You’ve seen it before:
do most places mark witches?
Each city-state handles it differently!
does Jonan get aches and pains or does he just look older?
He doesn’t have creaky joints yet, but I mean, not everyone does by their 40s or whatever it is that he seems like he should be, so it’s hard to say.
how common are alaqan elephants?
Alaqan elephants are pretty common in Alaqa!
OKAY YOU GUYS I am gonna keep singing this from the rooftops my whole life! Don’t ever care if your ideas have been done!! Don’t ever be afraid of copying someone’s idea!!! Don’t ever be afraid that you had an idea that’s really similar to someone else’s idea!!!!! Don’t ever think that “A UNIQUE IDEA” is the important thing to strive for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The truth of the matter is that what’s important is making an idea/story/character that you as creator can connect with and fall in love with and make real. ESPECIALLY when you’re dealing in broad strokes like “naive half-demon.” Like, your character’s goals and psychology and history are probably VERY different from Derrin’s. His world is different, his story is different, his story’s themes will hit on different things. The fact that they are both demonic-looking nobility is (a) not really something that’s NEVER BEEN DONE but (b) could be done so many different ways that it doesn’t even matter that the surface is similar.
Honestly, things become “overdone clichés” when they are shallow, because then they don’t go deeply enough to show anything beyond the basic trope.
When I first started telling people about my Glitching Hour story idea, I got “so, like, Dot Hack???” as a response a lot. Well, it’s different in a lot of ways, so I don’t really feel like I’m completely doing .hack//again, but it’s a bunch of people in a video game who can’t log out for some reason. THAT’S A BIG SIMILARITY. There’s a few other similarities too. So…. yeah, okay! I started telling people “it’s kinda like .hack//sign, where they’re all in a MMORPG, except…” and embraced the similarity — if you liked what .hack did, maybe you’d be interested to see what this story does. I think it’s okay for stories to kind of come from the same place, the same concept, and then branch out to touch different themes.
The only time you have to care about copying or being too similar is when it’s going to be distracting, and that’s something you kind of have to ask yourself. If your main character is from a race of aliens that call themselves Spartans, is it easier to explain to five million people that no, it’s not like the Halo Spartans, or is it easier to just give them a different name? You can do Game Of Thrones But With Lions and everyone’s going to compare you to Lion King, but if they read Chapter One and aren’t thinking of Lion King anymore (or if they think “it’s like Lion King but awesome in a different way”), then it doesn’t matter. But if the main character’s name is Simba, that’s going to be distracting. If the king is killed in a stampede while trying to save his son, that… might be distracting. Maybe do something new instead? If the main villain has a scar over one eye, you might wanna make very sure that he’s really visually different from Disney!Scar, or design him with some other wound.
But don’t make yourself crazy looking for a broad idea that nobody else has ever done; you’ll be wasting your time on the wrong thing. Even if you DO find something no one else has done before, that doesn’t make your story better. What makes your story better is saying something that nobody else has said before, or bringing something new to a theme that people can connect with. And the only way you can make that happen is to make something you’re enthusiastic about, something you’re personally invested in and love! SO DO THAT INSTEAD and don’t worry if your character is similar to another, and don’t freak out if people say “wow that’s really similar to this other thing” BECAUSE MAYBE IT IS, AND MAYBE THAT’S OKAY. c:
Gosh I’m so slow at answering these! Thanks to everyone who’s left me questions. c: Click through to read the answers!