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The New Touhou Character Alternate Interpretation Compendium!:

 3101 Pulse, Tue, 31st May '11 7:44:55 AM from Yaddayaddaville Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Really cool
You guys are right, but... geez, it's really easy to get discouraged. Damned inferiority complex! Sorry for going all emo there.
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 3102 Raz Fox, Tue, 31st May '11 8:25:32 AM from Riding the Lightning
Good Egg
You know, I'm just reminded again of how much the idea of what a write-up should be has shifted. Or has it always been like this? You know, at the beginning of the thread, it was like, let's explain how we see the characters. And the further the thread progressed, the more write-ups turned into little creative writing exercises, cute little pieces of fanfiction like this one.

It's an interesting shift, and I can see where it came from. I just also feel that it's raised expectations too much and made people hesitant to write anything unless they feel like writing a great work of art.

Having gone back read through all of the writeups thus far... Why? Why can't I write as well as the rest of you? Everyone else is making either these fascinating day-in-the-life stories or ridiculously thoughtful examinations of the cast's psyches, and I'm writing things that seem like what a second grader writes when he thinks he's being deep.

I can't tell whether feeling guilty is a sign of actual guilt or towering arrogance on my part. Seriously, though, the only way to get better at writing is to write. It's like drawing, or reading, or deep-sea sushi cooking.

You want to get better at writeups? Then write them! And don't be afraid to write a crazy one! Have fun with them! (That's, like, the basis of 90% of my writeups. I'm just having fuuuun.)
Time keeps dragging on.
 3103 Pulse, Tue, 31st May '11 10:14:44 AM from Yaddayaddaville Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Really cool
I suppose the Can't Catch Up mentality is a real-life phenomenon. Thanks, Fox.

edited 31st May '11 10:24:48 AM by Pulse

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 3104 Bocaj, Tue, 31st May '11 10:39:31 AM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
Don't feel bad. We're secretly all published authors who hang out here as a way to de-stress. I'm Stephen King and I have it on good authority that Raz is actually JK Rowling.
The Internet is often fast and horrible.
 3105 asterism, Tue, 31st May '11 10:49:45 AM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
And I'm really Neil Gaiman. IT'S A SECRET! To everyone, even.

edited 31st May '11 11:00:51 AM by asterism

 3106 asterism, Tue, 31st May '11 10:51:42 AM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
About the writeups, for a series that's based on girls going 'Hey, I haven't met you before, LET'S FIGHT!', there haven't been so many battle based stories. I may take steps to remedy this, eventually. I'm too laaaaaaaaaazy to do it quickly.
And I'm the guy who wrote Eye of Argon.
 
 3108 Durazno, Tue, 31st May '11 11:13:30 AM from Academia Relationship Status: Robosexual
All business!
I'm John Ringo's evil twin.

 3109 Pulse, Tue, 31st May '11 11:15:37 AM from Yaddayaddaville Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Really cool
Well, it's good to know I've been very unreasonable to myself, cause I'm just some random dude. Oh, well.
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 3110 Raz Fox, Tue, 31st May '11 11:22:10 AM from Riding the Lightning
Good Egg
King, how many times do I have to tell you? It's J.K., not JK.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go swimming in my swimming pool. It is made of pound notes instead of money, and it makes me feel just fabulous.
Time keeps dragging on.
 3111 Pulse, Tue, 31st May '11 11:49:08 AM from Yaddayaddaville Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Really cool
Good to know that J. K. Rowling considers her own country's currency to be good only for swimming in, and is not actual money. tongue

edited 31st May '11 11:52:52 AM by Pulse

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pirate girl
[up] I take offense to that. -Master Spark, then fires the BFG-9000-

 3113 Fawriel, Tue, 31st May '11 3:04:58 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
Mother Sorry for the similar title. It just works too well.

Young Alice was always a loner who didn't get along well with her peers, or even her own family. She was not good at communicating, she didn't know what to make of the things people said. Her parents quickly lost interest in her when she proved to be a difficult child to raise. Even in a pretty dress, she was not presentable. And so she wore the pretty dress in her room, reading her patient and quiet books.

Books are steady they don't react irrationally to being observed. Books are clear their contents are there for her to read. Books were something she could understand and feel at home in.

Young Alice was a child gifted with magic. So it happened that, when she began to write her own story, the pen, more and more, seemed to move on its own each time she started, until one strange day, she found herself in the world she had written, and she found herself facing this person she had written about in her state of trance. The loving, understanding mother.

She opened a portal to this magical world. In this place, everything seemed so strange, and so much more familiar. The goddess received her as a guest. The girl was allowed to wander the land as she pleased, observing, walking, playing with the residents.

She never returned home. The book was thrown away, lest it remind those left behind of the death of their daughter. Their daughter who, unbeknownst to them, now lived on in paradise.

This whole world, created by one loving mother. To be like this, so wise, with her all-encompassing embrace. Every living moment, her love can be felt in the streets and forests of the land by anyone who takes the time to listen, the citizens of Makai, and their lone guest, Alice.

Such a perfect world, so beautiful in its artificialness. Such sublime, perfect happiness for those loved by their creator. To be this loving mother...

So thought the guest to the land of wonders, and closed the book as she left through the crack left behind by the intruders. She was going to be a good mother, but she never was a good daughter.

The book is left behind in the world it created, and if one was able to peer into its eternally locked pages, one could see line upon line being written on their own.


Hmm, it's obvious I wasn't really feeling this one. I thought I had a vaguely good mental image, but then I bumped into problems with internal consistency and stuff. This story is kind of the point where I started wondering about the shift towards making stuff up for this thread, because as interesting as it could possibly be, I don't think this really has much to do with how I see Alice. Nonetheless, I wanted to get it out there, so I rushed to a conclusion.
SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
Ghosts' Poet
Good sir, you have violated my copyright. We shall have to duel to the pain over this title.

That is, once I find my paper bag. I am Thomas Pynchon, after all.
you'll then have a grave in the clouds where you won't lie too cramped
 3115 Fawriel, Tue, 31st May '11 3:11:52 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
 3116 asterism, Tue, 31st May '11 3:17:52 PM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
FOR SHAME! You list the 'Ordinary Girls', but you neglect to mention Marisa? BLASPHEMY GOOD SIR, THAT IS BLASMPHEMY!
 3117 Fawriel, Tue, 31st May '11 3:21:38 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
Yo yo yo, after I'm done dueling the 'mace, I'll have a bone to pick with you, bubba.

You have no idea how long it took to group these characters in a way that makes some amount of sense, I mean for reals now.

On a slightly more serious note, I might actually start a project soon that might illustrate my view of Reimu kinda well. Or maybe another one. In any case: Duraz! Weird but awesome picture! World-building cue go go go!
SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
 3118 Horselesshorseman, Tue, 31st May '11 5:00:26 PM from Everywhere and Nowhere
M. Poleon
Since we're outing ourselves here, I'm really Mark Twain. The report of my death is an exaggeration.

Reimu's far from ordinary.

If you think about it, so are Mari & Renko.

Or in the future of the ZUNiverse outside world does everyone have superpowers? But if everyone's super, then why do Mari & Renko investigate the supernatural. There should be nothing supernatural about it.

Of course, I know nothing about them and will probably have my neck eaten by canon any moment now.

edited 31st May '11 5:00:42 PM by Horselesshorseman

I have no horse, and I must ride. I accomplish unlockments.
 3119 Pulse, Tue, 31st May '11 7:33:28 PM from Yaddayaddaville Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Really cool
I haven't read Ghostly Field Club, but from what I can tell, Maribel's strange, but Renko is pretty ordinary, save for her fondness of the unknown and supernatural.

edited 31st May '11 7:33:44 PM by Pulse

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 3120 Durazno, Tue, 31st May '11 8:13:41 PM from Academia Relationship Status: Robosexual
All business!
Renko has unsettling eyes and always, always knows exactly where she is and what time it is. Sometimes Maribel catches her glancing to the sky and muttering the time under her breath.

This might be ordinary for their setting, though.

 3121 Pulse, Tue, 31st May '11 8:20:53 PM from Yaddayaddaville Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Really cool
I'm under the impression that the point was "Renko is really frikin smart, " but is as much of a magical being as Eisenstein or Stephan Hawking.

edited 31st May '11 8:21:43 PM by Pulse

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Ghosts' Poet
Red and White, White and Black

Ordinary.

A miko challenges the god of the sky and the god of the water. They are defeated, and the miko considers it business as usual. She's no older than 19

Ordinary.

A magician ascends to the heights of heaven to face the rebellious celestial. She succeeds by the power of love and light and lasers, and returns to her shop in the forest. She's hasn't reached 20.

Ordinary.

Teenagers do not defeat gods. Teenagers do not ascend to the heavens. Teenagers do not call such things ordinary. Such teens aren't ordinary. Yet, here we are.

Perhaps, in their own eyes, they are normal. Reimu's predecessor no doubt spent her time battling youkai, as her predecessor did. Even if she never met her predecessor, Reimu no doubt heard of former Hakurei guardians and the youkai they defeated. For Reimu, battling ghosts and magicians and vampires is standard protocol, just as much as sweeping the shrine.

Marisa is a more difficult case. Ignoring the fan theory that Marisa's grandmother fought youkai in the PC-98 era, Marisa had no predecessors in the magic business. She entered the life of a magician with only the gift of the Hakkero as her support. For all we know, she might have lived a charmed life before becoming a magician, lying in the lap of luxury. Perhaps that's it. She threw herself into an impossibly difficult career to free herself from the laziness of luxury. Any amount of work is ordinary compared to the unnatural ennui of a rich girl's life.

Or, maybe it's pointless to consider the ordinary from our point of view. Reimu and Marisa live in a world where spring is announced by danmaku and man-eating monsters shop alongside humans. It's a world that runs on power struggles between the powerful. In such a world, the powerless humans should be the ones considered 'unusual' or 'extraordinary'. In a world where everyone is super, the normals are the freaks. As such, Reimu and Marisa may just be the most ordinary girls in the world


So, it turns out that I can still write analysis write-ups
you'll then have a grave in the clouds where you won't lie too cramped
^^The way Renko's ability works doesn't make really sense unless it's magical

edited 31st May '11 8:50:01 PM by Hylarn

panic
 3124 Durazno, Tue, 31st May '11 8:54:03 PM from Academia Relationship Status: Robosexual
All business!
It could also be technological.

Determining position by looking at the moon doesn't make a whole lot of sense
panic
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