Original Roleplay vs. Canon Roleplay Apr 14, 2009 8:39:58 GMT -8
Post by HoudiniDerek on Apr 14, 2009 8:39:58 GMT -8
I think most people here fail to see the opportunities presented by fandom-based RP. Having an already concretely established time line, setting, character base, and set of ground rules can be restricting and boring if you fall into the same-old established in canon. It can also be an excuse for people to be lazy and not think for themselves. When such narrow-minded people take over canon RPs, things are not fun.
However, they can also present a challenge and opportunity for growth as a writer. That seems like an odd thing to say; how can writing about what somebody else already did let you develop skill? With the exception of the main character in a novel, we get to see how the characters act and hear what they say, but the why is something we don't really know. Why do they act that way? Why do they say those things? How did they become who they are? How do they really think? Another person's mind went into making those characters and playing them effectively can mean leaving your comfort zone and seeing things from a perception not your own even moreso than what you would normally get into for a character out of your own head.
Vomiting up canon actions is easy. Keeping someone true to character while simultaneously expanding upon them and getting deep into their heads is not.
I don't think they are necessarily getting dismissed easily, but I think people are using their own experiences as to why canons are not for them. I think you touched on one of the main reasons:
Use of the main characters. Too many canon RPs allow you to write the main characters and I think that it throws people who love the story, but not the new intent off. If you have a Harry Potter RP and are students that are not mentioned or just mentioned in passing, you can get away with a lot more and still have it in the same universe.
Using canon storylines as a guideline are great because you can do other things and still have people step in and know what is going on elsewhere. I like that possibility of canon RPs, but too many people don't use that method it seems and I know from my experience, that is why canon RPs are not my favorites.