Tropers / John Alexander Hitchcock
Hello there. These days I normally go by my own name of John Hitchcock. I'm a writer of sorts and I've written a number of things including my fanfic based off of The Thing Unfinished Business
. I also provided some contributions toward Dino Attack RPG
under the name of Atton Rand
. But don't let that user name fool you, I'm not a fan of Star Wars
, at least, not the nerd I used to be, and I'm hoping I can stay that way.
I am into literature to a certain extent. I do have a particular fondness for the works of H.P. Lovecraft
- find writer of the epic Cosmic Horror Story
genre. I've even written a few mythos stories of my own, and perhaps some day when I finally get them published they'll have pages here too.
I have examples of:
- Crazy-Prepared: I do have a current concept for a Star Wars story and I have thought in the past of writing as a script just in case I ever get an offer to write a Star Wars film, though my current concept would try to remain consistent with the canon of the films whilst simultaneously providing some very dark Alternate Character Interpretation and a very Lovecraftian spin on the whole Saga.
- Darker and Edgier: My work in Dino Attack RPG was certainly much darker than LEGO originally intended, given I brought in explicit sex, violence, religion, gore, homophobia, sexism, and child abuse among other things. I remember when I first wrote the character of Noomi Shaw and was actually a bit scared of the moderators stepping in on account of the religious undertones of her character.
- Follow the Leader: Averted quite often. If anything some of my published work is actually trying to go against common ideas. For instance Unfinished Business was distinctly an attempt to break from the standard bleak tone of many of the other fan-made "sequels" to The Thing (1982) and to try something different.
- MST3K Mantra: I try to avert this wherever possible. In fact, I feel that having to invoke this is actually a sign of bad writing. While I don't deny that most fiction will require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, I also know that part of the goal is to immerse your audience and make them believe it. You don't have to be absolutely realistic, but if your story is so ridiculously unbelievable that the only way you can make people accept what you've written is telling them "it's fiction, get over it", then something is seriously wrong.
- Old Shame: Can be applied to some of my older work. For instance I once wrote a rather cheesy Star Wars fanfic. Granted I was a lot younger and didn't know as much- but even discounting my current views on Star Wars it's still pretty silly with hindsight. When it's not just jedi porn (seriously, like half the cast is made up of female jedi) there's two-dimensional characters, a nonsensical story, contrived plot devices, a guy introduced soley so I could kill him off eventually (though granted I did at least have the decency to give him some development and waited a few chapters to do actually kill him), and the most painfully unsubtle villain ever concieved (Darth Satan, really? Yes, that is actually his name)
- Recycled Script: I've found myself from time to time considering working ideas I've explored previously into something new, usually turning old stories into screenplays, or the reverse in at least one case. Some of my ideas for Dino Attack RPG have since been recycled into short stories.