troll post removed
Just kidding, I didn't even post in time to get a troll post out.
I used to think up fanfictions when I was a kid. Stuff involving combining the Eagle Riders
, and even Pokémon
These days, I don't seem to come up with much fanfiction. I come up with my own stories, partly because that enables me to cherry-pick which detail characteristics to draw from what story, and ignore the parts I don't like.
Sometimes there may be a character I really like but he/she does something I don't want him/her to do (e.g. character dies, character gets married, character turns evil, etc.), so, instead of trying to rejustify everything and retcon part of the existing story just to get flamed on the internet for it, I just ignore that and create my own character. My own characters don't come with story/experience baggage either, so they're like blank slates on which I can fit various character templates that I derive from existing characters.
As for the setting, a similar thing applies—I can simply abstract patterns and small amounts of detail from someone else's story, instead of writing fanfiction and being constrained by their entire setting. For example, I could have a story with a set of antagonistic angels
, but if I make my own setting I don't have to deal with things like the Impacts, NERV/SEELE/GEHIRN/JSSDF, Gendo, and other stuff (not to mention that I don't even fully understand all the details of Evangelion's setting), and I'd also have the freedom to introduce my own elements with impunity (e.g. saying that there's an evil god leading the angels, giving all the angels humanoid forms, introducing elemental magic systems from other fictional settings, etc.).
edited Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:14:16 by Glenn Magus Harvey