I've been lurking a bit here, and I'm wondering about the general feeling towards "Original Trainer fics." I know what they are; in fact, I've begun planning and tenatively writing one.
I would love some feedback on the idea, and suggestions on ways to change it are welcome.
I'm wondering what the 'Do's and Don'ts' are fr this kind of fic. Are there any tips or tricks to it? What if it focuses more on the OT's Pokémon than on the OT?
Thanks a bunch, guys!
EDIT: I've been notified that I should post the content and eliminate the links. So, I'm going to copy-paste and synthesize the contents. Please be patient, as it may take several edits.
Okay, so here's the premise:
"Set in Kanto, during the Generation I time frame, with the attendant limitations. There will be one, possibly two, main characters. I am certain that one of them is a somewhat tomboyish girl, named Sheila. Sheila Burke. She likes to be called "Shell," and rarely "Shelly." She comes from Mossgreen Village, located bewteen Cinnabar Island and the Safari Zone. She is 11 or 12 at the start. She does not know what she wants to do when she grows up, and bored and frustrated, decides to become a Pokemon trainer, hoping that perhaps it will ignite the passion that she lacks in school. The other factor in her making the choice is that she, "wants to see what it's all about," living in a world where Pokemon trainers have respect and status akin to celebrity. Living alongside, of course, those with the jobs in our world: lawyers, doctors, law enforcement, and so on.
Given that her hometown is situated near Cinnabar Island (a locale populated by Poison and Fire-type creatures), she chooses a Charmander as her starter Pokemon. Unsure of what what lies ahead of her, she sets out. Her first catch is a Meowth that tried to steal from her.
Her main team will consist of the following Pokemon:
* "Char": Charizard, male
* "?": Meowth, male
* "Quincy": Vaporeon, female
* "J": Arbok, undetermined
* "Chu": Raichu, male
* "Joker": Ghastly, undetermined
She was raised (I'm using this cliche on purpose, just FYI) by a single parent: her somewhat aloof, pushy, and gruff father. Her mother left them for a man with whom she was having an affair, two years prior to the start. Sheila hears from her sporadically, mostly through letters or calls on the PC-Video-Phone-esque thing.
I'm mixing the worlds of both the first-season anime and the manga "The Electric Tale of Pikachu". I do not claim this depiction as being my original work, only a combination of preexisting material.
The world is dangerous, and Pokemon are basically, "defense against all the other creatures." I want to look at a number of things: What if a trainer ''isn't'' successful? How can an 11 or 12 year old be sent out, by themselves, with monsters that they're expected to train as protection and competition? How would a kid that age actually handle that situation? What if a criminal organization were in fact the most reasonable option for survival?
Shell may or may not have a travelling companion. If she does, it will be a boy 2 or 3 years older than her, possibly a delinquent. This is still under zThe themes I think I would like to explore are detailed in the following:
"As for this fic, I think I want to explore a) The Pokemon world (which can be basically analogous to the Japanese Archipalego) in relation to the real world, and how the two mesh outside of the "Japanese Landmass Analogue"; b) How Pokemon relate to the humans in their environment, and how they both can change dramatically as a result of that relationship; c) The whole idea of parents letting their kids get legal liscences to capture, own, and train what are essentially monsters - and then they just set them loose... I highly doubt that all those kids know basic wilderness survival skills, or how to take care of themselves. I wouldn't be at all surprised that there are a lot of casualties stemming from that, sadly... That, of course, get pretty much glossed over. There's just always been something about that that disturbed me, even when I was a kid playing Red and Blue, it seemed kinda strange. I want to explore what it might actually be like for an eleven year old suddenly being in that kind of situation.
I don't want the work to be too dark - Pokemon DarkFic is kind of depressing to me, but I do want to explore those things."