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Butterfly Banana Plantain Goat by TheAwesomeGirl
Butterfly Banana Plantain Goat
My PGBC OCs, Butterfly and Plantain, and their lovers, Banana and Goat, humanized!! I think it's obvious who's who. (hint: Banana and Plantain are cousins, Butterfly is tallest one in picture)
Eeyyyy Peri by TheAwesomeGirl
Eeyyyy Peri
My gemsona Chrysoprase and Peridot. Chrysoprase is probably teasing Peri about how she's short now haha :')

Something’s been bothering me for quite a while, and it’s the treatment of OCs in fandoms.

Attitudes have seemed to get somewhat better, but I still notice that creators of OCs are usually not terribly welcome, and when OCs are made in fandoms, they tend to be ignored, in favor of the canon characters. Most of the time, pictures and OC fics will go without any feedback. Reblog, like, sometimes even views.

I personally never understood this, and I still don’t. Maybe I’m biased, after all, I have more than 100 OCs, as of my last count, so of course I’m going to be more sympathetic towards, as well as side with the OC creators in fandoms. But in the same respect, it bewilders me how someone can hate OCs so much.

I realize, since I absolutely refuse to put this under  a read-more (it’s too important, people need to see this, read it, and take it to heart) that people will probably scroll past this and roll their eyes, but just think for a second.

Without OCs, all the shows, movies, video games, and books you like wouldn’t exist. It’s a creator’s dedication to their Original Characters that makes a series. Without this dedication, nothing you like would exist.

Let that sink in.

OCs, which most of you seem to discriminate against, make up every bit of media you consume.

Would you bully Alex Hirsch and tell him that Dipper and Mabel are pointless? Would you look Rebecca Sugar in the eyes and tell her the Crystal Gems are stupid? Would you walk up to Walt Disney and say “Mickey Mouse is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever seen in my life, stop drawing, your character is a waste of time.”?

Of course you wouldn’t.

So, fandoms, tell me, why do you do this to people on the internet, who are brave enough to share their OCs, which I should mention are literal pieces of their souls, with all of us? Do you have any clue what it’s like to bare your soul to the world, only to have it treated like garbage, and like it’s worthless, and doesn’t matter?

It really fucking sucks, I can tell you that.

Another problem is, well, probably the worst case of victim blaming/silencing I have ever seen in my life.

OC creators don’t have respect in fandoms. We honestly don’t.

But when we point that out, we’re met with “but I don’t hate OCs!”, or “some people don’t like OCs!!”, or worst of all, the dreaded “I had a bad experience with an OC once and now I have a problem with all OCs”.

That right there is invalidating our feelings, as creators, and silencing us. All because we wanted attention and recognition for our hard work.

In any other context, this would be unacceptable, there’d be an outcry.

But in fandoms? No one bats an eyelid. No one.

Fandoms are stacked against OCs, for no good reason.

And there’s probably many roots to this problem, heck, it’s probably a feminist issue, if you bring into account the dreaded concept of “Mary Sues” (sure, they can exist, since the only way to learn, is to make mistakes, but…)

A majority of OC creators are female, and a majority of OCs are female. It’s a statistic.

The whole concept of “Mary-Sues” came from a Star Trek fanstory from the 70s, but led to the biggest amount of fandom gate-keeping I have ever seen.

We all talk about how male geeks gate-keep, with their annoying quizzing, but do we ever talk about how fandoms as a whole gate-keep?

Usually, when a creator makes an OC, the fandom shuns them. Sometimes it’s not intentional, but it still happens.

And how do I know? Well here’s how they shun us:

Blue Square Bullet Ignoring all of our contributions to the fandom
    Arrow left Which includes contributions that don’t involve our OCs, as well
Blue Square Bullet Leaving us out of things, such as:
    Arrow left Online clubs
    Arrow left Fandom specific fanfics sites or groups
    Arrow left Fandom chat groups
    Arrow left Fandom activities as a whole
Blue Square Bullet Criticizing our characters without really looking at them (Note: not constructive criticism)
Blue Square Bullet Sending us hate
Blue Square Bullet Saying that OCs are “ruining” the fandom
Blue Square Bullet Coming into safe spaces for OC creators and saying the OCs suck
Blue Square Bullet Acting like OC creators “have it lucky” or are “part of a secret club” even though they created the unwelcoming environment that made us have to create these OC safe spaces in the first place

Doesn’t this sound terribly familiar? Almost like…oppression. Yes, I’m going there.

I think fandoms oppress OCs.

After all, the fan groups tend to limit our creativity to “canons only”, with the assumption that, by default, all OCs are bad. (It’s gotten to a point where people have to say “not all OCs are bad”, which really, really sucks)

When you assume all OCs are bad, you’re, therefore, killing creativity.

OCs are important. For many reasons, I could list, but as it is this rant is long enough.

I really hope this made you think.

Maybe, just maybe, I changed someone’s mind about OCs. Maybe I didn’t.

I just, really, really, really want fandoms to think about this.


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Miya Maryam
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United States

Don't be afraid of Spiders! Spiders are your friends! Sorry, that was confusing wording. All your friends are secretly spiders. Better.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. Then the to-do list is done, and I can go home and watch TV.

If at first you don't succeed, look around and find out who is trying to sabotage you with telepathic inference. It is someone you know.

Follow your heart. (It's easy to track, because it crawls slowly and leaves a noticeable trail.)

Let's have a heart to heart. Here's mine, here's a knife.

"Eggs aren't real," she said. "Nuh-uh. Show me an egg. That's not an egg. What's an egg? Who let you in here?"

The City Council would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park.

Does the carpet match the drapes? No. It doesn't. You're the worst interior decorator. Please leave my home.

What has four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening? I don't know, but I trapped it in my bedroom. Send help.

If you love someone, set them free. Set them free now. This is the police, and we have you surrounded.

If I said you had a beautiful body, would it matter because we are so insignificant in this vast and incomprehensible universe?

Guns don't kill people, we're all immune to bullets and it's a miracle.

Picture a car.
No. You're doing it wrong. Try again. Picture a car.
Really? That's what you picture when you picture a car? All right, look, we'll go with that. I'm not happy about it, but we'll go with your idea of a car for now.

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RobotnikHolmes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh gawd, I'm so sorry! I swear I watched+ you! :O
TheAwesomeGirl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
its fine! ^u^
MissButterfly11 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, my friend!:glomp:
TheAwesomeGirl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you friendo :D
RobotnikHolmes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hey, happy birthday, you awesome artist you! :glomp:
TheAwesomeGirl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
Gr0ssB0y Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heey! im wondering if you would be interested in joining this new group :iconrenegadeparadise: It is about a zombie survival situation. theres more info on the page if your interested.
It's still being setup, but if this interests you, please check out the group!
MissButterfly11 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! Okay so I was thinking of writing an HB fanfic soon (Because I never did before and I really wanna) and I wanna include your character Meme as well as my own character. A fun lil fanfic, ya know. :D I'm having a hard time with ideas though. Ya wanna give me ideas on what I can write, or can I think of a plot myself?
TheAwesomeGirl Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hm...well usually when i come up with plots for fics, its based on other things a lot of times (though I always put my own twist on it, or maybe have a different ending all together--to make it different)
I tend to think of the characters as plot points themselves. What would they do when interacting? If I think of something amusing that seems like what they'd do, then I write that.
MissButterfly11 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting. I was thinking of showing our characters interact with the canon ones in a fanfic. I just need a plot idea. Of course, I wanna make it suit the show's comedy as much as possible.
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