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[I’ve always wondered what happened in the minds of fanfic writers, because of the stigma that fanfics are that…fan fictions by fanboys/girls that just want to see their favorite characters any positions and situations they choose. God complex I suppose.
Of course I’m not exactly immune to that at all, considering my first foray into fanfics in general (not SRK) started off with Ryu-and-Chun-Lovers-Syndrome and boy did I ever exploit the shit out of that. However for taking my recent one as an example I decided to balance it out with as much bad shit that can ruin such a pairing. I still feel guilty for writing such fanboy rubbish in some of the parts, but hey…it felt good to a certain degree, sort of drawing a doujin.
As for fanfics, here are some personal self imposed guidelines I usually follow:
[*]I never, if not rarely, create offspring of established characters. (I will however used established offspring) These are one of the things I truly avoid because in doing this, you have to make some sort of pairing up with existing characters, which is kinda fanboyish as stated above.
The other thing that bothers me is that often I feel that if I did such a thing, it would only cheapen imagination due to the fact that the character would just be a combination of mother and father, or just a clone of either or, which really serves no purpose at all but to re-affirm that you wanted some characters to have sex together. I once made a Chun-Li-Ryu hybrid daughter who had a move similar to Yang’s OCF+K special, but it was basically a rising lightning kick.
As for those people who do this, and pull it off well, the more power to you because I’m telling you, it’s hard enough it is to not get an established character to go through the regular loops, but to have offspring to avoid being too similar to their parents is a feat I have yet to accomplish.
[*]Usually I will follow the core cast of characters. I find sometimes just adding people for the sake of writing up magnificant fights just bogs down the writing process. Sure it’s fun but why on earth would Zangief need to enter the fray? Why would E. Honda tag along…for the sake of tagging along?
I’m sure that I can think up of some way to squeeze people in to feature them into the main storyline, but I think that it would deivate to the next rule…staying within character’s limits. If anything, I would create at most a cameo, but I try to keep the referental cameos to a bare minimum. If anything, if I felt that if I were to want my fanfic to be considered serious enough to be a considered valid part of the SF universe, I should approach it like making SF3, not like MvC2 where it has cameo’s galore and plenty of references for spazznesslessness.
[*]I usually keep characters within personalities, but with a twist: It’s easy enough I suppose. But when I consider writing up an interesting enough storyline that involves a character, you do have to make them leave a path that’s already been treaded, especially when most of the fun in a character is playing with them, in this case you have to direct where your viewer is going to see it. I’m not about to make everyone a shotokan character or make Dan the greatest fighter that ever lived.
But neither am I going to basically rehash what to be expected. In some cases, I felt going through the typical Ryu-goes-Satsu-No-Hadou, he would be more active to seeking out fighters much like Akuma. But in the case of meeting with Ken he would have crippled him. Now certainly that does make for a entirely different personality with Ken, who would be more like a mentor/teacher out to protect the world from a rampaging Ryu, but nothing entirely out of the realm of possiblity. I like having characters go through hell.
[*]I hate filler/downtime. This is something that had bogged me down in writing in general. I get enthusiastic to write a situation, but the fact remains, how to arrive to said situation really hits me hard in development and still being able to ethrall the reader in still reading. Originally part #2 of my fanfic here, was supposed to start off with Mel and Isaac already in England in order to set up more stuf to appear later. However since that part ballooned up into 15 pages, as opposed to the last chapters 8 pages, it had made me rethink how to exactly approach it, especially with the cannon fodder that existed in the beginning.
So bang, out goes the filler, in goes to the psychiatric prison. I sacraficed pacing (which I do lament) for keeping the reader interested, but it did develop my skills in general to see how to set up the next chapter and my skills for any form of writing other than fanfiction.
Well that’s basically it. There are other things I should follow, but these are merely guidelines. I had broken these rules a few times, but they did result in a good read, especially one about KOF with offspring and everything.