Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Top Twelve Cons against Book Character Role Playing on Facebook

A little FYI - I, myself, am a role player.

My start was in AOL chat rooms. For a spell, I observed the players before I felt comfortable and confident to join. Now my first character was very loosely based on a book character, the changeling part, but she had my looks and shy personality.

It took me years of modifying the character, flushing her out, and giving her the personality my fellow players liked about her. Kiirri Dalig came from my own mind, her background to her future.

Kiirri's creation taught me a valuable lesson. She was my creation. I had her future and offspring mapped out, and it would kill me to see another attempting their own storyline with my character.

This is why I respect other authors by not attempting to role play their characters.

The Cons Against Book Character Role Players

1. Sooner or later, a player is going to think the author "took their idea" and then demand payment or recognition for "their work"

2. Some fans may not realize that the RPers have no idea or clue what is going on in current WIPs and these fans may believe what the RPers are saying will make appearances in upcoming books. Confusion and disappointment reigns when what they read from the RPers standpoint does not show up in the new releases.

3. Some RPers think nothing of spamming other authors and cause general annoyance.

4. It looks tacky and rude to non role players seeing these characters posting on other author pages where there is no association.

5. Most RPers do not have personal pages just character pages. Their opinion will be coming out of the mouth of a character created by someone else. No matter the skill of the player, they can not adapt to a character they did not create.

6. RPers tend to "sluttify" their "borrowed" characters

7. The RPers eventually stop buying the author's new release because they feel their progress/direction is better than the creator's.

8. They become addicted to the point where they shun friends, family, and their work to spend time with false characters

9. They start to blur the two worlds, reality with fiction

10. Cybering. There is more to role playing than re-acting the bedroom scenes. Then these players get huffy when the impression they give off to the public attracts the unsavory who are not associated with the rping groups want to cyber with them. They get offended.

11. The RP groups are so abundant on Facebook it is not unusual for someone to get five friend requests for the same character a day. This annoys and alienates fans from the series.

12. The different factions of Role Playing groups tend to be Clique orienated. If you do not belong to their little/big group, then they want nothing to do with you.