Date: 06/29/15 10:11 pm Title: How to Keep Canon Characters in Character
On. The. Spot....
You freaking nailed it like a hammer banging a nail into a wood piece...
Yeah, this was really good spot-on advice. It made me come up with a few of my own.
It also puts a lot of what most people experience into context - some people do end up making the character a bit...'flawed' because of mixed interpretations. I know this for a fact because my friend - *I won't say names* - who writes Kaiba fanfiction keeps him and Mokuba so well done. The syntax used by my friend is very in-depth and digs right down to the bone with their characters - sometimes it's just so flawless and I always complement her on that. Sometimes I wish I wrote like that - but it seems like I can't because we all have different writing styles and interpretations - hence your point.
Like we can try different writing styles - but as long as they don't change our context of the character for the story.
Oh man...I could go on and on with this, but I would say just email me if you want any more thoughts :)
Thanks again for posting this! It's really helpful!
Author's Response: Thank you. Let me guess, is it SoundOfSapphire? I love how she writes Seto and Mokuba, and in fact my favorite of hers is My Favorite Things. I want to go and reread that story now. " Sometimes I wish I wrote like that - but it seems like I can't because we all have different writing styles and interpretations - hence your point." It's like doujinshi, fan-made comics of official works. You can have your own style of drawing, and you can use your style, but if the characterization is off and if you change too much of what the characters look like or get rid of their key visual features, no one will know who these characters are. Fan fiction and successful canon characterization shouldn't just be for one person's style, so that's why I went with the bare-bones practical advice instead of telling people how to interpret each canon character. I would love to hear more thoughts, if only because I'm greedy for people's thoughts. And thank you, again.