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I'm debating whether I should include some pop culture references, or if they'll be too distracting. The context for the references is that someone is creating fake identities, and some of the identities have the same names as fictional characters. Nothing too obvious. No one will be called "Bruce Wayne" or "Brian Griffin", but people who are familiar with those works already will probably notice. I'm worried that it might be too distracting to those people if someone uses the same identity as a fictional character.
Edit: One idea I have is to use alternate versions of the name. For instance, instead of "Harry Potter", the fake identity could be "Henry Potter". (I'm probably not going to use this reference because I think it's too obvious)
Edited by ShawnRi on Aug 24th 2019 at 10:51:23 AM
Whenever the protagonists of Supernatural (yes, I am watching Supernatural ten years late) have to use fake identities, Dean always picks ones based off of pop culture, usually classic rock musicians. I see it as a reflection of Dean's irreverent personality and jokester tendencies, and it seems to have the secondary effect of annoying his serious younger brother sometimes, so I don't find them distracting at all.
So if you can come up with a purpose for the pop culture aliases, they might work fine within the context of the story.
Well, this character is a kid. They're also so good at making fake identities that they find it boring.
That could work. Try it out, let it stew for a while, and see what you and your readers think. At worst, you'll just have to change them.
I'm looking for a way to make the following scenario plausible. Some info added compared to the original post at a different, franchise-specific thread to make it easier for those without knowledge of the franchise I'm borrowing the characters from to comprehend what I'm talking about.
Setting: mundane Japan.
Backstory: Asuka is a Fiery Redhead high schooler with a prideful streak a mile wide, born to a long-dead German/Japanese mother and an estranged US-American father, and is currently living in Japan. She had her heart crushed when Kaji, a Tall, Dark, and Snarky James Bond-esque man proposed to his Love Interest Misato (who accepted), but then developed a crush on a boy her age named Mitsuji because he (superficially) came across as a younger version of Kaji. However, teenage recklessless culminates in Asuka having an unintended pregnancy with Mitsuji near graduation.
Present: Fast-forward about 10 years later. Asuka is a mother of twins (a son and a daughter), stuck in a loveless marriage to Mitsuji that only happened because she refused to let the kids grow up without a father due to her own troubled childhood with an emotionally abusive father and a Married to the Job (but ultimately well-meaning) mother that died while Asuka was a toddler, and strongarmed her boyfriend into marrying her after high school, arrogantly believing she could whip him up into shape.
Unfortunately, she failed miserably in that regard:
However, this is all just a prologue for the actual story: Namely, that one day, Asuka's miserable life takes a 180 turn when she finds her husband has inexplicably become a much better person, unaware that he's suffered the fate of Kousaku Kawajiri (read: killed and his identity stolen) at the hands of Shinji Ikari, a Cowardly Lion Nice Guy who was desperately seeking an identity to assume via the powers of his Stand in order to hide from a group of Stand-using Serial Killers that he had been hunting down, only to get ambushed and subsequently forced to go low for the time being.
The one thing I feel that I'm missing is some sort of leverage for Mitsuji to have on Asuka in order to fully justify a normally stubborn and prideful woman like her enduring his domineering and abusive behavior towards both herself and their children, rather than say attempt to run away with them to her birth country of Germany (from what I understand, there's absolutely no way the relevant government agencies wouldn't side with her once they get the full story, especially since by German law the children would be German citizens and thus protected by German law from the Japanese father's abuse).
Have you ever written stories for yourself?
First thought: Financial Abuse. Early in the marriage, he somehow convinced her to make him joint owner on all of her bank accounts, credit cards, and other sources of money. If she tries to run, he can have all of her credit cards and access to her bank accounts frozen.
All of my stories are written for me, first. Nothing wrong with creating art for yourself.
... Is that a general question, or directed at me?
Unless my understanding of Asuka's character is grossly inaccurate note She's canonically very smart (at least in an academic sense), being a Child Prodigy, though that's often obscured by both her psychological issues and her Precocious Crush., that would require WSOD-breaking Idiot Ball-grabbing on her part unless we could come up with a convincing reason that would compel her into doing such a thing.
... Would a handwave of the husband having vaguely defined (from the reader's POV) connections that allow him to threaten her with a rigged lawsuit over the children's custody work? Going by stories such as this one, it doesn't seem farfetched if, say, his uncle was a publicly well-respected prosecutor who engaged in such shady activity.
Edited by MarqFJA on Sep 10th 2019 at 10:21:02 PM
I finally finished my first novel, The Cemetery Girl. Fuck yeah!!
Congratulations, and well done! ^_^
So my main character has the ability of clairvoyance or rather a future sense, considering he can hear whispers in the future. The knowledge he gains from the future will come to pass, no matter what he does, or so he thinks.
He first experiences a vision of a man getting mauled to death by a monster.
He dismisses it as a nightmare, only for that vision to come true a few days later.
The vision become more frequent, but sporadic, each of them coming true, no matter what he does.
He gradually comes to accept that what comes to past, comes to past.
Would it make sense for him to have depression?
Definitely. PTSD is also often linked to the feeling of helplessness in the face of traumatic events, which sometimes trumps the raw intensity of the experience.
It was really awesome to log in and see someone had necro'd and launched one of my YKTTW's from six years ago. Rapid-Fire Descriptors.
Edited by Wheezy on Sep 20th 2019 at 6:02:47 AM
Wow, you're old ; )
I've been on WB since 2011...
What do you think of my idea of superhero versions of horror movie characters?
I ship Godzilla and Miss Thing.
I could see that working, depending on execution. ^_^
Is it too dark for my character to kill herself after she exact her revenge because she has nothing else to live for?
Edited by Andermann on Sep 26th 2019 at 5:11:48 PM
Hmm, it's not automatically too dark. Just as long as the rest of the work is done in similarly dark tone so it wouldn't create a Mood Whiplash.
So, more details please?
Edited by Adannor on Sep 26th 2019 at 12:14:39 PM
Detail about the overall story or this character's death in particular?
So... I used to have this online friend I kept on roleplaying with, first on deviantart, then twitter, then on Whatsapp. We had some good times and some good stories. It went for almost 10 years before she said she wants to stop rp-ing then clarified she doesn't want to speak with me either and blocked me this Easter.
I still keep thinking of her and our stories. I keep wanting to write fanfictions about them but IDK if I should (I should let her go, I should let those stories go, I shouldn't do it without her...). As for writing other things, it's hard when I am so full of those stories. I used to try to write, but as I got more and more into roleplaying with her all I could write in was that fandom we roleplayed in (canon or AU).
I feel like I should start writing again but see above about me being full of those stories, when I get far enough to start writing, all I can do is fanfic of that fandom...
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