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Aug 24th 2019 at 10:38:26 AM

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

CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Aug 24th 2019 at 11:53:08 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.

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
Aug 24th 2019 at 12:29:23 PM

Well, this character is a kid. They're also so good at making fake identities that they find it boring.

CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Aug 24th 2019 at 12:41:23 PM

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.

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
MarqFJA Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus
Sep 1st 2019 at 8:34:49 PM

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:

  1. She was forced to drop her plans for eventual university studies in order to raise her children and maintaining the rather problem-ridden house that her husband chose as their home, becoming a housewife who occasionally does part-time dead-end jobs in the process.
  2. Mitsuji turns out to have been a misogynistic Control Freak all along under that cool and handsome fašade, who arrogantly thought he could "rehabilitate" Asuka from being a strong-headed tomboyish girl into a "proper" submissive Trophy Wife. The most he manages is making sure her wardrobe is devoid of anything remotely "tomboyish" or even sexually provocative (he feels his masculine superiority threatened by anything that could be construed as female-empowering, including sexual titilation), and preventing her from joining any of the local gyms to limit what physical advantage she has on him (easy when she has her hands full with looking after her kids).
  3. Both she and her children suffer frequent physical abuse from her husband. Mind you, she does fight back, but her legitimate fear of him taking it out on her kids when she isn't looking limits how severe she kicks his ass.
  4. Compounding all of this is the fact that Social Services Does Not Exist is kind of a Truth in Television when it comes to Japan... and her dastardly father, hell-bent on seeing her suffer for defying his own Control Freak-ness, will almost certainly abuse every connection he has to take custody of her children should she decide to risk a divorce.
  5. Side note: Asuka and her husband hate each other's guts so much that they haven't had sex with each other even once in all of their years of marriage.

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).

When we are crushing the black hearts of our oppressors, we will find our hands blackened.
ewolf2015 (not) snarky warrior from south Carolina Relationship Status: I-It's not like I like you, or anything!
(not) snarky warrior
Sep 7th 2019 at 7:51:41 PM

Have you ever written stories for yourself?

"I love torment" -Ewolf 20, 2016 one of these days i'll get bugs right or invertebrates in general
CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Sep 7th 2019 at 8:39:32 PM

[up][up] 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.

[up] All of my stories are written for me, first. Nothing wrong with creating art for yourself.

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
MarqFJA Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus
Sep 10th 2019 at 12:19:17 PM

[up][up] ... Is that a general question, or directed at me?

[up] Unless my understanding of Asuka's character is grossly inaccurate note , 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

When we are crushing the black hearts of our oppressors, we will find our hands blackened.
dRoy Perpetually clueless from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Perpetually clueless
Sep 12th 2019 at 9:17:15 AM

I finally finished my first novel, The Cemetery Girl. Fuck yeah!!

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
ArsThaumaturgis Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Sep 12th 2019 at 9:58:58 AM

[up] Congratulations, and well done! ^_^

A Door to the Mists: Traversal, exploration, puzzles, and combat in a heroic-fantasy setting
dRoy Perpetually clueless from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Perpetually clueless
Sep 12th 2019 at 10:37:50 PM

Much thanks! grin

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
SkyHavenPath13 Half Hope and Half Des-bear from Original Eden Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Half Hope and Half Des-bear
Sep 16th 2019 at 10:46:44 AM

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?

eagleoftheninth flying fish from the fish phylogeny Relationship Status: With my statistically significant other
flying fish
Sep 16th 2019 at 9:13:30 PM

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.

We are just an aberrant branch of fish evolution, after all.
Wheezy (That Guy You Met Once) from South Philly
(That Guy You Met Once)
Sep 20th 2019 at 3:01:21 PM

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

Yume-Hime's not dead, I'm just redoing it.
DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Sep 20th 2019 at 5:38:14 PM

Wow, you're old ; )

I do not compromise—I synthesize.
CrystalGlacia from Cedarpointland
Sep 20th 2019 at 5:59:37 PM

I've been on WB since 2011...

"Jack, you have debauched my sloth."
AdeptGaderius Warning: Bright Lights from Antillia Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Warning: Bright Lights
Sep 20th 2019 at 11:03:49 PM

What do you think of my idea of superhero versions of horror movie characters?

  • A shapeshifting girl with Lovecraftian Superpower(s) and capable of being the perfect imitation but she wants to save humanity from her supernatural mother (The Thing (1982))
  • An alien hunter who only hunts dangerous and vicious aliens. (Predator)
  • A gigantic mutant lizard who protects humanity while minimizing destruction and casualties (Godzilla (1998))
  • A psychic girl who uses her frightening psychic powers for good. (Carrie)
  • A boy who can voluntarily turn into a werewolf without the full moon (Werewolf films)

The Darkdeep
DeMarquis Who Am I? from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Sep 21st 2019 at 5:06:54 AM

I ship Godzilla and Miss Thing.

I do not compromise—I synthesize.
ArsThaumaturgis Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
Sep 21st 2019 at 7:43:05 AM

[up][up] I could see that working, depending on execution. ^_^

A Door to the Mists: Traversal, exploration, puzzles, and combat in a heroic-fantasy setting
Andermann Relationship Status: Desperate
Sep 26th 2019 at 2:07:27 AM

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

I'm afraid to write, but I like to imagine.
LeGarcon Blowout soon fellow Stalker from Skadovsk Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Blowout soon fellow Stalker
Sep 26th 2019 at 2:09:16 AM

Define "dark"

Oh really when?
Adannor from effin' belarus Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Sep 26th 2019 at 2:13:16 AM

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

avvie source
Andermann Relationship Status: Desperate
Sep 26th 2019 at 2:21:01 AM

Detail about the overall story or this character's death in particular?

I'm afraid to write, but I like to imagine.
akanesarumara Relationship Status: Abstaining
Oct 5th 2019 at 9:20:47 AM

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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