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Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

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Subject:Newbie
Posted by:diatrif.
Time:5:59 pm.
Mood: creative.
I just found this community and think that this is great, so I joined...and now I think I supposed to introduce myself, so I'm 14-year-old not exacly normal girl. I am new to HP fandom, shame on me! Really I can't believe it myself, I was a HP fan for quite a long time already and didn't know about fanfiction until now. I know I'm slow! Anyway I'm writing mostly OCs though I just started a draft for a fanfictions with canon characters but I'm stuck right now, so have no idea if this will be able to see a day light. Most of my OCs are females and are really different from one another, so there's a different personality for different story. Well, I have nothing else to write soe I'll stop before I'll do something stupid...

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

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Subject:Food for thought
Posted by:sff_corgi.
Time:1:08 am.
Mood: pleased.
sunny_daylee has written The Writer's Meme, a rather interesting little pick-apart of one's head. Thought you all might like to take a whack at it.

Crossposted to gryffindortower, originality_lj and sugarquill.

Sunday, August 17th, 2003

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Subject:Greetings all
Posted by:loopily.
Time:1:39 am.
I suppose as I've just joined I ought to introduce myself.

I'm a 17-year-old English girl who has a tendancy to write OC's because of the time periods she bases her fics in. Granted this does mean that I actively set out to write them instead of adding them in where needed, however I've found that by doing this I get to plan them out better than if I simply put them in a fic willy-nilly.

Of course this does tend to leave my fiction unread but on the other hand it has given rise to some of my best (at least in my opinion) OC's; even though they're evil, aloof and somewhat nuts.

Oddly, I do not have a single favourite OC of my own, so that honour goes to the group of Grindelwald supporters in my fic 'Project Mutare'. Although out of that particular bunch I suppose Anchusa Aderis - an ex-linguist who betrayed the Ministy to go over to Lord Voldemort, nicking quite a number of important files along the way - could be said to be my favourite (points go to anyone who can get why her name is interesting considering her actions).

Anywho, the best OC ever? Gwendolyn Cross, most definitely simply for the way she manages to be both so delightfully original while from the outside looking, for all intents and purposes, like a Mary-Sue.

Friday, August 15th, 2003

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Subject:The use of checklists
Posted by:laurus_nobilis.
Time:4:57 pm.
Mood: thoughtful.
Recently I've seen that a lot of people use checklists and surveys to create OCs- just look at this forum in Fiction Alley. People know their OC's shoe size, exact weight and favourite bubblegum flavour before they even start writing.

Do you find that useful, or even possible?

I for one can't think of all those details beforehand. I've only been able to complete surveys in OCs' point of view after I've written about them (or at least after they've lived in my head for long enough, in the case of eddie_lupin) but I find it impossible to complete checklists beforehand. I just can't say "her virtues are this, this, and this, her flaws are this and this, and she needs a quirk so, I don't know, she'll wear too much lipgloss". Every time I've tried this it came out as too arbitrary.

I hear this is easier for people who've played games like Dungeons and Dragons, where you need to have the details from the beginning. But I simply can't do this. Usually when a characters comes to my mind I only know a few main traits about him/her, while all the other quirks develop later, when I've been writing for a while. It means that I often rewrite a lot, because something that happened earlier seems out of character now; but I get to really "know" my characters that way.

What do you think of checklists? Do you use them?

Friday, July 25th, 2003

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Subject:The League of Extraordinary OCs
Posted by:fharraige.
Time:9:32 pm.
Since this community's been quiet for a while, and since this meme's been floating around, I'd thought I'd alter it a little and have some fun with it.

Create-Your-Own League of Extraordinary OCs
1. Choose five to seven characters
2. They can be only original characters from fanfic
3. They may be from any place on the space-time continuum, and any plane of existence--characters do not need to exist within the same era and country
4. You must identify the recruiter, the leader, and the villain, and there must be at least one female
5. Optional: You may identify their primary means of transport


Give it a shot.

Toodles,

Val

Friday, July 4th, 2003

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Posted by:laboresolis.
Time:11:32 pm.
Mood: nervous.
*creeps in, feeling very much like Despereaux* Hello?

I'm Jackie Faw, and I write OCs. Yes, I admit it. I am a fanficcer. I'm kinda new; most people haven't read my things. I write OCs because I find it quite impossible to have a plot without them.

My favorite of my OCs is Claudia. Excuse me; Claudia Victoria Malfoy, Part Two of the Malfoy Twins in Comedy of the Jackal, (estranged)fraternal twin to Lucius Malfoy. *ducks rotted fruit* I write alot of OCs for a Riddle AU called Snake Eyes, most famous being Pilar Avila- Grindlewald's masochistic shagtoy secretary in charge of information. Spanish, squib, informant, Heir of Hufflepuff.

The best OC of any story I've read though is far and away Julius Marvolo.

Sunday, May 25th, 2003

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Subject:OC LJ Project?
Posted by:etherealwolf.
Time:6:10 pm.
Mood: curious.
I've been thinking about something, and just wondering if it could work.

We're all here because we write OC's and love them to bits, right? How about letting them all get together though an LJ community for support, socialising and just some laughs?

Anyone?

The community's called oc_invasion.

Edit:

List of OC LJers (in alphabetical order by surname):

Bond, Antony (princeofoxford)
Darc, Robin (minusonerooted)
Faeleru, Andrai (predatornotprey)
Malfoy, Blanche (blanche_malfoy)
Moon, Nigel Demetrious (minicee)
Mulciber, Dylan (imperialwhisper)
Perks, Sally Anne (ooperkyoo)
Weasley, Zora (foxy_zora)

List of OC's who would like a code:

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Sunday, May 18th, 2003

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Subject:Those of you who have had an OC added to the interests list ....
Posted by:ashavah.
Time:3:25 pm.
Mood: amused.
Would you like to tell the group a little about the OCs you had added, be they yours or someone else's, why you like him/her so much, what story he/she's from, and a little about the character in general.

Thanks. I'll do so when RL lets me go again.

Oy! Leggo my leg! ;-)

Yours in fanfiction,

JK

Saturday, May 17th, 2003

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Subject:De-lurking at last
Posted by:laurus_nobilis.
Time:10:44 pm.
Mood: productive.
Hi everyone! I've finally found some time to introduce myself with a proper post.

I'm a 19-year-old Argentinian Biology student, and I've been writing fanfic for around a year.

Back then when I started writing, I hadn't even noticed there was so much discussion of OCs. I had read a few fics with them, and it seemed natural to me that there should be other characters apart from those from canon to fill certain roles.

That's how I came to write my first OCs, too; as friends or family of canon characters. They usually had minor roles. But guess what? They're taking over!

In the fic I'm writing now, Changing the Rules, there are a couple of minor OCs, a few minor characters, and two major OCs. One of them is Fionna Flannery, an OFC I was rather worried about in the beginning but that now I think is going quite well; and then there's Remus's father, Edward Lupin.

He's an interesting case. When I first planned the fic, his only role was to brew Wolfsbane. Now, not only he's one of the main characters, but he's gotten himself into much more trouble than I expected. I really enjoy writing him, though, and see how he develops. I've learnt a lot about his story by now.

And I must admit, I do think I have a crush on him...

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003

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Posted by:qt_ninja.
Time:2:01 pm.
Mood: artistic.
I guess the one thing I have done that is my prized OC possession is Nigel Moon. Now he is a last name mentioned in the sorting. But thats it. Truthfully, I love the fact that he is a Mary Sue...sort of. He is not a Gary STu by any means. But is the nice, attractive, nice, perfect, happy, naice, huffle boy. Everyone likes him. IN and out of the story. People who read love him most out of all my OCC's or OC's. I guess cuz they want a Mini-Cedric so much. Who knows. But I love this kid.
Anyhoo, just thinking, since he is male probably makes him more enjoyable, since soooo many writers are female and tend to write female characters for obvious reasons. I have mostly female characters as well. But I personally find something mysterious and cool about writing a guy. For I am a girl. Is also why I love writing Blaise as male. And writing Salazar Slytherin and all the others.

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Posted by:qt_ninja.
Time:11:55 am.
Mood: awake.
I just find it annoying that if someone has an OC in their story people immediately skip over it. It might be very good. :P

Anyhoo, I write alot of OC's, but since I wanted people to actually read my stories I began tow rite more OCC's.
*sigh*

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Subject:Women Who Love Their OCs Too Much
Posted by:narcissam.
Time:9:40 am.
rilina and I were discussing whether Sayers was much too in love with Peter Wimsey, leading to wish-fulfilment through Harriet Vane, and it occured to me that quite a few of us are treading dangerous paths here. Falling in love with your OC can be very dangerous. I don't mean just in the category of romance and wish-fulfilment. I think most of us are smart enough to avoid that. I mean that when you fall in love with a character, you may find yourself writing the character poorly.

I'll lead with an example of my own. We're still debating what exactly makes an OC, but I think my Frank Longbottom qualifies to all intents and purposes as an OC. All we know of him in canon is his name, his occupation, and the fact that he's Neville's father and currently insane. Really, from that information, one could write Frank Longbottom any way one wanted.

Well, I'll admit it. I fell head over heels in love with my Frank. And that's just a little bit of a problem.

You see, Frank has... edge. I posted several days ago on my journal "The person whose opinion of both the Harry Potter series and 1975 I most value in the world (And it's not anyone in the HP fanfiction community) wants to know if any of you find my Frank Longbottom at all irritating?"

And everyone was quick to reassure me that they didn't find Frank irritating in the least. Yes, he could be irritating to the people in the story, but not to the readers themselves.

(small twisted smile)

I think he's profoundly irritating. To quote my friend on that subject, "I find that incredible. No one else wanted to punch him in the nose when he prattled on about Plato's Cave in that conversation with Snape? Really?"

My response, "Well, I obviously wanted to punch him in the nose. I also obviously find him quite sexy. We have such a
complicated character-author relationship."

I have to admit that she reassured me a good deal over what I was doing with the character. I had began to wonder if I had gone slightly wrong with him.

I don't really much approve of Frank Longbottom, you see. He represents in many ways all that is worst about wizarding society. Tough and Livian. It doesn't help that I have my suspicions about canon!Frank... I'm a firm believer that something dodgy is up with the Auror subplot.

Anyway, seeing that I am in love with him, it can sometimes be difficult to write him objectively. I don't want him to be anything but wonderful sometimes. And he really isn't. Anyone else have the same difficulty?

NM

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003

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Posted by:malecrit.
Time:1:56 pm.
Hello! I've been hesitant to join this community so far, but after seeing some of the discussion about the differences between OCs and minor canon characters, I think it's probably appropriate for me to be here.

Right now, I'm working on a story about Newt Scamander and a group of his friends. Although I've pulled all of the main characters from canon, their personalities are essentially original. Along with Newt, I'm writing about his wife, Porpentina; Professor Kettleburn, who gets one mention in Prisoner of Azkaban; and Jocunda Sykes, who appears in Quidditch Through the Ages as the first person to cross the Atlantic on a broomstick. Although I've been reluctant to claim them as original, since I can't take credit for at least part of their names, there's not very much I haven't made up about them.

To address the topic of self-insertion, I'm finding it impossible not to commit that act. I don't have one particular self-insert in my little Scamander universe, though. There's a lot of myself in my characters, particularly Newt and Porpentina, and although none of them acts for me--nor do I want them to do so--I know I wouldn't be writing this story if it weren't for experiences I've had. Namely, Newt's unhappiness with his first Ministry job wouldn't have appealed to me if I hadn't had a negative college experience and dropped out. Similarly, Porpentina wouldn't be a writer with nothing to write about if I hadn't felt that way. (If only she had fanfiction, too!)

This is a much longer introduction than I'd intended, so I'll stop now. I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's posts here.

--Jenny

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Posted by:narcissam.
Time:1:12 pm.
BTW, can we change the colour of the community? My eyes are very delicate, and something a bit more readable would do me a world of good. Please?

NM

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Posted by:ladylisse.
Time:1:04 pm.
Mood: chipper.
Hey. I'm an OC hound, so I thought I'd pop in and say hi.

My name's Lisse, and my current Very Big Project is As Thick as Blood, which is set about twenty years after Harry and company graduate and is mostly populated by OCs. The main characters are four sixteen-year-old Gryffindors known as the Musketeers and consist of Rory Malfoy, Jim Chang-Potter, Brian Weasley and Maureen Wood. The other really important OCs in that story are Anastasia Krum and Claude Avery, whose existance I will always blame on narcissam and 1975.

I have a few other projects in the works, still focused on assorted children of canon characters. One involves Ron and Hermione's daughter, Dean and Seamus's son, and a three-year-old in a fedora, and it's going to get itself written whether I like it or not. The only other stories I actually have written on the moment focus on someone who technically exists (the mysterious Nott in Harry's year), but like other people, I'm not sure exactly what separates an OC from an OCC. Will be posting more thoughts on that later.

Anyway. I'm here, and I'm posting. Aren't you all lucky. :P

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Subject:Hello everyone!
Posted by:narcissam.
Time:8:41 am.
Mood: chipper.
Well, when it comes to it, I'm not entirely sure I write any OCs. Everyone seems to have a nominal place in the Potterverse. My only published main OCs are Suzanne Pallard, Cynthia Rookwood, Melania Frost, Catherine Black, Edmund Avery, and Jen Weasley.

But I mean, everyone else is basically an OC, no? With the exception of Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, the Crouches, and the other usual suspects.

Where does the line between minor character and OC lie? I think when written Cho Chang is a minor character, but Blaise Zabini is pretty much an OC.

Any thoughts?

NM

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Subject:Errol
Posted by:awelkin.
Time:9:20 am.
Mood: thoughtful.
I mentioned when I talked about Amanda, that at some point I would talk about Errol.

Errol is one of those strange characters in life where you can see how he came to be. He's an amalgam of various folks. He's the Klarion witch boy from DC comics, Ramses from Elizabeth Peters, Bryon my husband, Sherlock Holmes, and myself. Put us all in a blender, mix us up, and you've got Errol.

I would have loved for Amanda to have been my stand out character, but she wasn't. We have little control over that as authors. Severus Snape's wry, witty cousin stepped forward and claimed a life of his own. You know, now people in Harry Potter fandom think Errol is part of canon. That tickles me pink. I sort of hope JKR doesn't answer questions about Snape's childhood. Then the Klarions can continue to exist for me that way. :)

So, I wonder sometimes why young women who read Errol have latched onto him. Only one woman I know prefers young Severus to young Errol. What is it about Errol? It's a lot like Ara's Hex, whom I have not yet had the pleasure of reading. Something makes characters come alive. What is it?

If any of you could help me out with understanding what that's all about, I'd appreciate it. Errol has been easily my most successful OC. I love writing him, or rather, transcribing him. And he has two more books to go.

Interesting how they end up taking you where they want to go, and have lives of their own.

Catherine

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Posted by:tiferet.
Time:12:57 am.
Mood: pleased.
Hi. I'm Azalais Malfoy, and you might have heard of me. Or not. I write House of Ill Faith (which you can find on FFN.net or Diagon Alley), and I help to mod, edit and write Lightningwar, which can be found on LJ as its own community. I won't link to either because they are both mostly rated R, with occasional NC17 bits. (I am confused about the difference. Honestly. I used to rate everything I wrote that showed the actual acts NC17, but then I had a bunch of people tell me my stuff wasn't dirty enough to be NC17...but I'm not sure if I'm confused or they are.) I also mod HPSlash.

I don't write anything that isn't rated R or higher, not because it's all smut, but because it's all controversial. I write Death Eater fics, and it's just kinda hard to write PG-rated Death Eater fics. So if you track me down, don't say I didn't warn you.

I also read mostly 'adult' material, by which I do not mean pr0n, but rather, I tend to read darkfic, Slythfic, etc. I won't be linking to stuff here too much, even though I get letters from 14 year olds who read my fics all the time and I do not think that they are harmed by it. They mostly want to know where they can find out more about Aleister Crowley, Gnosticism, and Thelema. Not surprising since I'm a Thelemite and I started writing Death Eater fics because JKR used Thelemic symbolism for the Death Eaters, and since no one I personally know commits mass murder, the idea of how we got from Point A (Thelema) to Point B (mass murder) Really Intrigues Me.

I'm so glad this is here. I just got a review today from someone who read the first chapter of the Phoenix Rising arc and said they quit reading it because of Severine Snape's American accent, which caused them to correctly leap to the conclusion that she is Severus' daughter, and to incorrectly leap to the conclusion that she is a Mary Sue. (The usual response of OFC-haters to HoIF is to accuse her mother, Juliana, the one who is stuck in Azkaban for over ten years, of being the Mary Sue. Riiiiiight. That is such wish fulfillment for me, let me tell ya...)

So I am going to admit this: I like OC's. It is generally my opinion that if people who were canon characters were meant to be together--they would be.

And then there's the fact that it looks like JKR is going in the direction of RW/HG and HP/GW, two ships that I'm sorry, just nauseate me. Why? Well, because I did not want to have anything to do, sexually, with the people who were my bestest buddies when I was in elementary school/early jr. high school. It felt, quite frankly, incestuous even to think about it. I have an easier time writing Lucius/Draco than Ron/Hermione. (And McTabby has teased me about it too!)

So...I had to set up Harry, Ron, and Hermione with Other People, once I realized that I was too fascinated with Harry not to write about him even if it did mean that I was going to go AU in a big way...and there just aren't a lot of Other People. (The ships in the fifth year arc of HoIF are HP/Severine Snape, and HG/Blaise Zabini--but he's an OC that just happens to have a name from canon. My BZ is about as O a C as you can get. And Ron/nobody. He doesn't meet Cassidy till Year 6.)

Now that's one of my pet peeves right there, people who hate OC's yet refuse to recognize that there are a lot of OC's out there that just happen to have names from canon. Blaise Zabini is always an OC. And when female is usually a Mary Sue, unless Riley or Cassie Claire is doing it. Evan Rosier is always an OC. All we know about him is that he took a piece off Moody's nose and he was a DE. My Evan is not the Evan in Trinity's stuff nor the one in Morrighan's stuff who doesn't use the Unforgivables. I only got half of Dylan Mulciber's name from canon.

Frankly, Death Eaters are usually OC's because we don't know much about them other than some of their names and the fact that they were part of a group that killed a lot of people. Everything else, from their House affiliations (not necessarily always Slytherin, unless you consider Hagrid a Reliable Source, which I don't, nor Sirius Black either) ethnic background to their personal history to their reasons for getting involved with that mess, we make up.

I am Very Unclear on the reasons why OC's suddenly become "okay" to OC-haters because the names come from canon.

~Azalais, who would just be all kinds of amused if Juliana Malfoy, Severine Snape, Nicolas Fujiwara, Dylan Mulciber, or any of her other charas started showing up on anyone's interest list...

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Posted by:qt_ninja.
Time:1:07 am.
Mood: geeky.
Hello, am called Galya.
Just stopping by to say hello.
More info later...

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Subject:Wow. :-o
Posted by:ashavah.
Time:2:00 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
Hello and welcome everyone! I'm amazed at the reception this community's had. I've received a lot of nice emails asking for OCs to be added to the interests list, and I'm thrilled to see how many members we have. I never thought the group would take off this well.

I guess I ought to introduce myselfCollapse )

It's great to meet you, everyone, and I look forward to discussing OCs with you! *Ponders sff_corgi's post*

Yours in fanfiction,

JK

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