No one said there was anything wrong explicitly with having them
But the whole tragic backstory emo emo cry blood stuff is kinda overplayed
If your character is edgy, give them a better reasons to be edgy. Maybe break the trope.
I felt obligated to put ~more words~ on this post I hope that’s okay
””“Edgy”“” characters often get made fun of on blogs like deviantartwhy and related because:
It’s just some sort of half-assed compromise between wanting to have a character who is everyone’s friend and who people will like, and having a character who’s “cool” and/or “badass.”
I’m not saying everyone should avoid these characters entirely or stop making them, just the ones preteens deviantArt like to draw holding knives and covered in spatterings of blood, or looking sad with a bunch of mean words around them.
You know, I was going to leave this ask alone, but then people being wrong on the internet drives me crazy, so HERE GOES. Just because a show is being aired on PBS does not change the fact that it is filmed and released by the BBC.
BBC Sherlock, the one with Benedict Cumberbatch, is still BBC’s Sherlock, because it is written, filmed, and released by the BBC. Multiple shows and films released by the BBC end up on PBS. For awhile Monty Python’s Flying Circus was airing on PBS. It is still from the BBC. Thank you for fact-checking.
I just want to take a minute to let you guys know that we still exist and everything, and we do see every ask we get, but if you need immediate answers it is not a very good idea to try and get them from us.
Kai is facing some health issues that would be easily fixed if healthcare in this country wasn’t a massive joke and my new major leaves me with so much schoolwork that takes so long to do that it’s making me consider quitting my job. Which is a pitiful retail job where I feel worthless at best, so.
We haven’t fully abandoned the blog, but things are going to have to start sucking a little less for us before we start posting again.
… You mean “characters”, right? I was slightly confused for a second there.
It’s perfectly fine to have a lot of characters and to continously come up with ideas for them. My ‘main’ character has been my main character for like, ten years. Sometimes you just have ideas you really like, and that’s fine. It gets kind of annoying when somebody does nothing but come up with characters instead of actually do things with the characters they have, but if this stuff is continously coming to you then you might as well let it.
I’d say use something like Charahub to keep profiles for your characters in one place, if only for your own personal reference and the ability to keep track of everyone in your roster. I’ve seen people use Excel spreadsheets too but Charahub is more fun.
Here’s a “tutorial” somebody posted on a forum I check sometimes about using “better words”:
Imagine, This is you:
He sat on the rock as he turned his head and stared at the clouds before looking back down.
We’re going to fix that by doing this:
The brute sat on the slender rock as he then turned his cranium and stared at the clouds before moving his cranium back down.
See how much beter that is? Imma give you guys some good word choice now:
Legs: PIllars, Column, Limb, Shank, Fore Legs (Front), Hind Legs (Back)
Head: Cranium, Crown, Dome, Skull
Jaw: Maw, Jowls, Muzzle, Orifice, Mandible
Feet: Pad, Paw, FOundation
Rear: Haunches, Rump, Buttox
Hip: Flank, HInd, Quarter, Pleura
Eyes: Optics, Pools, Opals, Orbs, Luminaries
Now you try RPing with these fancy new words! Good luck!
I shouldn’t even have to explain what’s wrong with this
Sometimes those kinds of RPs can be super fun even if they’re basically ripped off from something else. While originality is great and all, it’s be silly to expect every RP to be some kind of bastion of creativity.
Lately I’ve been making characters who are a little uncreative on purpose just because it’s pretty fun to do and it’s totally shameless indulgence lol
In most cases I advocate just saying no, but in this case you might want to also try and nudge these people into RPing differently, like in paragraph style and with less focus on cutesy fluff. Sometimes it takes a little bit of shoving.
Tell your friend you don’t feel comfortable doing it. If they’re your friend, then they should understand.
Sometimes things can happen where people just don’t feel like RPing all that much anymore. It sucks a lot to be on the other side of, but maybe you could ask your friend if something’s going on and if it’s something you can help with, otherwise the only thing you can do is be patient, even if five years is kind of uuuuh a long time.