Originally Posted by The Graveman
Here's a question that boggles alot of people's minds:
If fan fiction writers are allowed to portray the characters that Riot made in anyway possible, why do we give ourselves flak for doing the same? It's commendable to portray the character the way they were intended but I don't understand why we treat this differently than other fiction of a character or setting.
I'll let that sink in for a few minutes so you can recollect your thoughts.
My post may seem a bit sloppy and poorly thought out because I wrote this pretty quickly and didn't feel like revising it. So yeah, feel free to rip it apart, call me an idiot, but I'm gonna use an old high school teenager excuse: "It's 12:30 AM, I'm freaking tired, and I'm too lazy to write a 5-page essay on comparing the ideas between Confucianism and Daoism."
So instead, I'm writing an essay comparing fanfiction and roleplaying. Great logic, Rumble.
Anyways, that's a great question. Why are fanfic writers allowed to warp the champions however much they want to, but us roleplayers aren't? Let's take this into a more philosophical context and determine this first: What are the similarities and differences between roleplaying and fancfic writing?
Let's start with the similarities first.
See, in fanfic writing, you're taking one of Riot's character and putting it into your own story. Let's take an important part of that sentence out: "Your own story." Sure, you're using one of Riot's champs, but you're using them in your own story
. You are the writer, so you decide how the events of your own story will turn out and how accurately or inaccurately you want to develop the character. Same deal in roleplaying. When you choose a champ, you are putting yourself into their shoes. You control how the champ will develop. Riot has created a champ, and since you have taken it, it is up to you how you want to develop that character.
Now, let's get to the fun part. Let's contrast the two.
In fanfic writing, you've got a champ and you get to portray that champ however you'd like. Same deal with roleplaying, we just went over that. However, what has not been considered is the general populace that reviews the fanfiction and the roleplaying. Okay, that probably sounds choppy and confusing as hell, so I'll just simplify it into this: We need to consider the people that reads and criticizes the fanfiction and the roleplaying.
So let's consider them.
People aren't as harsh on character development in fanfiction as they are in roleplaying, and there's a reason for that. See, there's a whole ton of fanfiction out there, and a bunch of them are about the same characters. Let's make a hypothetical situation here. If I wrote a fanfic about Rumble, and made him a bisexual yordle who frolics in the daises and makes out with Heimerdinger day and night, then of course I'm going to get a hellton of complaints about that. However, aside from the "your fanfic sux" comments, no one really cares about what I wrote. The reason for that is because there's other fanfic out there that's a billion times better than mine, and people could just read those
fanfics instead. There's a bazillion fanfictions about every champion in the league, and at least one of them is bound
to be superb.
Not the same deal when it comes to roleplaying.
We've established that people don't care if you write a ****ty fanfic because there's better ones out there instead. However, in the realm of roleplaying, there is only one champion being roleplayed at a time
. If a person sucks horribly at roleplaying their champ, we can't just make a duplicate of that champ and RP it at the same time. We have a system in these forums where only one champion may be roleplayed at a time. And if that person sucks? We either have to tell that person what he's doing wrong and how to fix it, or we kick that person out. I'm sure most people don't like doing the latter option. See, roleplaying is criticized while fanfic isn't, because the champion RPer must appeal to the greatest amount of people possible
, or at least to a reasonable amount. There can only be one RPer for each champion, so we have to deal with how they portray their champions. If they don't portray them well, then we've got a problem.