How many Star Wars fans are out there?
How many Star Wars fans are out there?
Anonymous asked: Hey! Thank you for your blog, I'm finding it really helpful. I started an indie RP blog a while back but I have a really hard time finding RP partners. I was thinking of reacting to some open starters, but I was wondering if it's okay to just reblog them? They say "open to anyone" but I don't want to annoy the muns and I don't know whether there are unwritten rules surrounding these open starters..
Open starters, especially ones tagged with “open to anyone,” are just that! Don’t be hesitant. I’m sure the other mun will be glad to have a reply to their starter. That’s why they posted an open one, after all!
Red Flags for Female Characters
1. If something would be boring and/or undramatic for a male character, it would probably be boring and/or undramatic for a female character. If you’re writing a female character (particularly in a major role), I’d recommend thinking about whether you’d want to read about a male character in that situation or with that trait. If not, then you’re probably boring your readers.
2. The character is useless. Have you made a main character more or less helpless for most of the story? Does she watch as the story happens around her? Does she get repeatedly saved by other characters when the going gets rough? Please think back to #1. You’d probably be bored reading about a more or less helpless guy, right? Your readers will be just as bored by a helpless female.
3. The character’s only defining trait is being hyper-smart or (more rarely) a total ditz. That’s fine for one character among several, but if she’s your only significant female character, it’ll raise questions about your ability to handle female characters at a more relatable level of intelligence. If you’re having trouble with more relatable female characters, I’d recommend checking out some Meg Cabot books, Mean Girls and/or Pride and Prejudice.
3.1. The character is totally pure. A character that always does the right thing and has no motivations besides being friendly/agreeable/nice is probably pretty boring. 100% pure characters strain the suspension of disbelief, are less relatable and usually less dramatic. For whatever reason, these types of boring characters are almost always women.
4. Your readers will probably be able to tell if you have not read many female main characters written by female authors. If you don’t have the firsthand experience of actually being a female, being well-read is probably the closest you’ll get to seeing the subtle distinctions between most women and most men in terms of perspective, dialogue and actions. Conversely, when I’m reading manuscripts, the easiest way for me to pick out male characters written by female authors is when 1) the character is hyper-introspective and collected (even in a crisis) and the author doesn’t realize that’s unusual, and/or 2) a male character notices far too many irrelevant details, such as eye color and hair color, and the author inadvertently makes it sound like the character’s ogling someone or writing a fashion review.
5. The character is a love interest that doesn’t have a role outside of romance. She’ll probably be a more interesting love interest if she has something else going on. For example, Lois Lane is (occasionally) a competent reporter whose investigations sometimes tie into Superman’s work. Pepper Potts figured out who kidnapped Tony Stark by breaking into Stane’s office. Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim had a penchant for awesomeness and a mallet. Also, she was a ninja courier for Amazon.
5.1. The character is defined by her physical attractiveness and/or sex appeal. If you consider physical attractiveness one of the three most interesting things about a major character, I would recommend rethinking the character’s development because most likely the character is a love interest that is interesting only to the author. (Think back to #1–you wouldn’t want to read about a guy whose main trait was his handsomeness, would you?) Also, please bear in mind that most of the professionals evaluating your submission will probably be ladies, so you won’t even have the titillation angle working in your favor.
6. The character has no substantial goals besides going along with other characters and/or getting in bed with somebody. If you’re going to bother writing in a character, I’d recommend giving him/her some sort of independent effect on the plot. If not, why bother having the character? Fortunately, you don’t need to give a character much space to give her/him a role to play. For example, Neville Longbottom had around a page of dialogue (~350 words) in the first Harry Potter book and he still managed to raise the stakes for the protagonists by growing a spine at absolutely the worst moment. (Dumbledore’s recognition of his badassery was probably the highlight of the first book for me).
7. The character is mute. In general, I think the mindset behind this decision is “I’m having a lot of trouble writing dialogue for females, so I’ll just make her mute.” In this case, muting a major female character will only draw attention to how bad you think your female dialogue is. I’d strongly recommend practicing your female dialogue instead–the practice will help, and at least you’ll get out of instant-rejection territory.
Neimoidians and Homosexuality
Part of a section from my “Neimoidianity” Report:
Homosexuality would be not only completely legal in Neimoidian society, but regarded no differently than heterosexuality, and thus there would be no reason to even consider restricting it’s legal status.
First off, let’s all agree that a very large part of the reason homosexuality is frowned upon on so much of Earth, particularly in the past few centuries, is because of religion. I’m not bashing faith or religion (I do separate the two), I’m a Christian myself, but it’s an undeniable fact that some of the worst things in history have been done for religious reasons. That’s why I said “in the past few centuries;” historically speaking, homosexuality was actually considered a norm in places such as ancient China, where there were, I believe, ten Emperors who were either homosexual or practiced homosexuality (one of the most famous being Emperor Ai of Han), and even sacred in certain Native American (you could also argue the Two-Spirit, but that’s more of a trans topic (which, btw, would also be fine in Neimoidian society), African, and Tongan tribes. Let’s also not forget Ancient Greece and Rome.
Secondly, I frankly don’t care what your belief systems are…it’s a natural occurrence. It happens in hundreds of animal species, including humans, and did so long before humans set about spreading religion (and even during!). There are countless scientific reports and journals on the subject, including some species, such as male giraffes, where homosexual encounters occur with a far greater frequency than heterosexual encounters. Denying it is akin to denying gravity. And by the same logic, it would surely have occurred during the evolution of Neimoidians, including the evolution of Duros (who, if you don’t know, are the ancestors of the Neimoidians).
Neimoidians are not the most religious of beings to begin with and, by that fact, wouldn’t have found any impediments from religion, particularly those which have swayed our own views. In addition, Neimoidians see themselves as already physically-, mentally-, and culturally-perfect, and above others, and by that definition, would not see fault in themselves Secondly, if wealth and prominence is born from involvement with another, regardless of sex or gender, why, in Neimoidian terms, should that be a bad thing? Thirdly, one can deduce that a successful Neimoidian would probably have a successful mating history and/or successful partners…again, regardless of sex or gender. I argue that in the case of the Trade Monarch (a title devoid of gender, to begin with), he or she, for a female would be just as likely and just as respected as a male, would be permitted multiple spouses, even from multiple genders/sexes, depending on his or her preference.
I will admit that I don’t think homosexual relationships would be flaunted anymore than a heterosexual relationship would be (but Neimoidians are not emotional, anyway, as they regard the display of emotion as a weakness (which is a canon fact)), nor would they be quite as common as heterosexual relationships, simply by design; however, I don’t think Neimoidians would frown upon them, nor see them any differently to a heterosexual relationship. For lack of a better analogy, it’s a “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation for all, regardless of sex, gender, or orientation. To reveal something so personal, including emotion or feeling, is to reveal weakness and even go so far as to evoke a social taboo.
Any questions? Clarifications?
I thought they laid eggs?