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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.

-Whiskers

Wed, Feb. 7th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
strawberispring

1. No. Personally, I hate when the accent is written in. I hate because they put it on EVERY word. 'dat goil ovah der'...Some accent is fine, such as taking g's off of -ing words such as 'watchin''

2. It's possible but very difficult. Usually, mary-sues are the focal point of the story. If you need to put an OC in there, don't make every aspect of the story revolve around them.

3. Crutchy, Jake and Snoddy are often ignored. Oscar and Morris are often misrepresented. I don't see them randomly attacking a girl for no reason (and that's not just because Oscar's one of my favorite characters). They attacked Sarah to get to David to, by extension, get to Jack.

4. "OMG DA ONLY GIRL NEWSIE STEALS [insert male character's name]'s HEART" is way overdone. There were girl newsies. Your original character isn't 'hardcore' because she's the only one. Believe me, there are many. I never usually read het anyway so there aren't really any storylines I'd want to see except, if your character is a female newsboy, don't make her incredibly tough and hardcore. These are proud boys, they don't want some girl putting them in their place. Also, don't make them play poker. That's way too overdone. In fact, Race--the notorious gambler--is never actually SEEN playing poker. In fact, he's seen playing craps, not poker, with Skittery and Les before Seize the Day.

5. Details are VERY important. Keep it descriptive but not overdrawn. Don't describe every little aspect of the room or what the characters are wearing. It's fine to say 'Spot brushed the honey colored hair out of his eyes and smirked knowingly'. Also, if you want to describe your OC, fine. But put in setting description as well. Most of the stories with OCs center around the OC's appearance only rather than setting or the other characters. I know we know what the others look like but I happen to like descriptions. Like saying Jack has 'mahogany eyes' or Spot 'hair like a soot-streaked sunset'.

Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
schizophrenic0

Uh, is this the same FriskyWallabee who is the author of "Don't Ask Me Why"?

Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
strawberispring

*checks label on underwear* Yes...yes, I am. ^^

Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
schizophrenic0

Aha, sorry. This is Oxymoronic Alliteration and I'm a big fan of that fic.

PS Hot icon!

Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
strawberispring

No need to apologize...sorry if my comment seemed rude. XD

Oh, I love your reviews (and your stories, you're very talented).

Mind if I friend you?

Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
schizophrenic0

Oh, no, I just didn't want to seem like a creepy stalker or whatnot (because I've had encounters with some).

Absolutley, I was going to ask to friend you!