Crossover Into My World
by, 30th August 2010 at 07:34 AM (348 Views)
Crossover into my world.
As the last blog pointed out, this would be the title of my next blurb. It's 4:47 in the morning and for some odd reason, I have a desire to blog. Hehe.
I can't sleep... Not now. The reason, I'll probably talk about it in another blog. Yeah, I will... Just not on one about crossovers.
Anyhow, speaking of which, I love crossovers. Why? Well, because, it means that an author has to think much harder to make a story work. Sometimes, it can be an easy plot to work with ( Futurama / Jetsons ) or something complicated ( Fruits Basket / Evangelion )...
Now, just to let you know, I'd never read a Futurama or Jetsons fanfic as I barely like watching either show. So if you happen to have that fanfic... Which I doubt anyone will... Eh, nvm... If it's a good writer, maybe I will.
Aye, I'm off the subject... This Is why you don't write a blog this early in the morning.
Onto the meat of this blog:
Many authors try to do crossovers and most writers, fail miserably. They don't try very hard and there's not much thought into it.
The problem is that most writers want to put two things they like a lot and make it one without the thought of what it'd turn out like. Testing without a purpose is science without looking for an answer.
In order to make a good crossover, an author must find:
• Similarities [knowing the similarities makes making a crossover so much simpler. Ex. Sakura Wars/Yu Yu Hakusho. Although from different time periods, they both battle demons... Maybe I can send the YYH gang into the past because a demon has escaped into the time period and then the cast can meet]
• How they meet? Will it be a simple meeting? What will be their reactions to one another? Will those reactions change later? Why?
• How will the story end?
• If the characters have powers, how will I make sense of power levels and strengths in the story?
• Who will get along and who won't? (People tend to especially forget this and totally make everyone have pretty much the same interaction with this and that person)
• Who will be most affected by the meeting? Will everyone?
• How do I not make one side of the crossover not seem like marysues compared to the other side? [For instance, how do you make DBZ characters not look like Gary sues compared to YYH casts...]
Now, I'm sure there are plenty notes that I can take down to ask yourself but this is basic enough...
Once, all those questions are answered, the crossover is simple. It won't seem so off, as if it could never be true.
Remember, as a crossover writer, it's your job to make this story seem real. It's also your job to get to know the rules of your story and the storylines you're using... Also know your story may have to explain itself scientifically why something is different.
And honestly, not everything can be a crossover. For example, Family Matters shouldn't be crossed over with an anime... Nor should the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... Two good shows don't always make good crossovers.
And continuing your journey to cross into my world, you must understand characterization. Some people will change a whole character to fit a crossover. That should never happen. If it feels to need to be done then it should be a momentary lapse of character, not a full-on change.
I remember reading a fanfic with Rei Hino from Sailor Moon and it was crossed over with Dragon Ball Z. Now, for some odd reason, she became a sex slave, dependent woman who felt weak without her master. Bot exactly... I don't read hentai. However, that's what her attitude was compared to...
She was so weak in personality and all that made her who she was... It was gone for the sake of being with Vegeta.
I remember feeling so annoyed at this character although the author was usually well-written... But I was hoping, there'd be a reason for the change. Maybe something happened that made her change...
But no... The writer says in the authors note; she's too stubborn in the anime and manga so because they always wanted to do a story with them both, she made her own version of Rei Hino.
I was disgusted nonetheless.
Therefore, usually my example, questions, and characterization idea, it's also important to establish relationships in your head before the writing process.
You need to ask if your main character will get along with so-so? What will annoy them? Who will they have no relationship with? That's also important. In every group of friends, there's always someone who someone else has no real relationship with other than their group of friends.
This keeps it realistic.
Also remember that your view of someone doesn't mean they have the same view of you. What does that mean? Dawn is Ash's biggest fan on Pokemon. However, is Ash Dawn's biggest fan? No, that'd be Piplup. Same with Paul and Barry.
Why is this important to remember? Well, it establishes realism in your crossover. If Ash from Pokemon and Tai from Digimon meet, they shouldn't have the same thoughts on each other.
I'll write more on crossovers another time.
Who can come up with the best crossover, with well-written characters, nice plot, and realistic?
I'll judge and maybe I'll add some judges.
Next Article: Establishing Relationships on Crossovers
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