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Wed, Feb. 7th, 2007, 04:47 pm
apathy4_10: NewsieSues and Accents

Alright well this is my first post since I'm a new Livejournal user. Anyway, I was going through the posts and decided to post this up.

First, hi, how is everyone? Great? Haha, okay. I'm working on a newsie fic and I've decided to come and ask for some opinions on things. I'm working on a series of original stories and I've been trying out characters in fan-fictions. Also I've been trying to progress my style while figuring out what kind of genres I prefer.

Enough about all that, I have some questions about writing newsie fics. If anyone would answer that would be great.

1. Would it be better to have the newsie accent in the dialogue?

2. Is it possible to have a female character put into the newsie universe without her being a Mary-Sue? Or at least an obvious Mary-Sue?

3. Are there characters that you think are ignored or misrepresented? Like Oscar and Morris always trying to attack the girl.

4. What are plot lines that are over-used? Is there something that you would really enjoy seeing in a storyline?

5. Are details important? Like describing something simple like characters hanging out instead of saying something simple such as "they ate and left. It was fun."

Just some questions that can help me make sure I don't disgrace Newsies too much. I do have a plot line that I'm hoping will be more interesting than others but still I would like to have opinions.


Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)

1) The thing about the newsie accent is knowing when too much is too much. Don't write out the exact ebonics of everything they say. It's one thing to have a character say "I was just thinkin' that maybe I ain't such a high an' mighty fella after all" and having him say "I was jus dinkin' dat mebbe I ain't such a ha 'n mity fella ater all." Use the accent by all means, but in moderation. Less is more.

2)It is possible, but difficult. The main thing is make her real. That means flaws, strengths, pet peeves, her own reactions to things, her own way of dealing with things. She can't be good at everything. Also, expand on her character even beyond what you think you'll need, so you have a lot of choices. I can't tell you how many casting call submissions I've seen in which the personality description is simply "She likes to sing, she's sweet and shy, she has a sense of humor, she is afraid of spiders" and the physical appearance is simply "brown hair, green eyes, skinny". You should know this character inside and out. You own't need to include everything in your fic, but it allows you more choices.

3) YES! Sure the Delancys are bullies, but even they rest some times. I think that's a great example.

4) Overused: time travel fics (unless there is some new twist on it), Blink getting his date with the Mayor's daughter, long lost sisters, finding raped girls in alley ways. As for storylines I'd like to see, I can't think of one off the top of my head, but just do something that is more of your idea of a great story and less your way of living out your romantic/sexual fantasies with *insert newsie name here*

5) Details or certianly important, but like the accent, you need to know when to stop. It can be hard sometimes, but in this case, I think I'd rather more description rather than less.

Also, let me just say do some research. Historical accuracy is important to me, at least to an extent. I'm sure you would never do this, but I have read fics in which women wear jeans and tnak tops (and they were non-time travel 1899 fics) and the newsies talk like 1980's punks. I wish you the bets of luck with your fics, though!