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10-23-2010 @ 11:04PM
Well, partially, yes and no. It was in response to you in where you discuss the characters taking on a life of their own to Golden. My issue with this -is- that these characters are characters that already exist, and taking on their own life and saying how they are... is sometimes very, very different than how other fans and players perceive those same characters. I don't agree with how Golden views Thrall. Maybe Thrall was drunk when he was speaking to her or in an emo state where he was declaring how he wasn't sure he could keep the horde in line and he needed a girlfriend... but I didn't see it as "Thrall". This is my own viewpoint. My sister does arbitration for screenplays, as well as directing and writing her own short films. She's done ones of some rather major movies, that were taking characters that already existed and how the writers were portraying them in the movie. One movie involved quite alot of ancient Greek characters and she was actually calling me and asking me questions involving the myths because I'm an history/literature major. I groaned at some of the changes I heard. And had to tell her what the original myths said and what the writer she was working for had differently, as this is part of an arbitration case involving screenwriting credit.I also write myself. I've written my own stories, and I've written fanfiction. The difference between the two is that with the first, I am writing characters that are in my head. Yes, they DO talk to me. They do tell me who they are and what they would do. The latter, the characters already exist. I feel like I would be betraying the original creators if I did not studiously examine them and try to be fair with their portrayal. Of course my own bias comes in, no writer can write without bias. It's impossible. But Golden tends to be working off characters that do already exist. And agreement with her portrayal or not does not change that is her portrayal. Originally, the characters were made by a bunch of writers for a game. But even these writers are inclined to change things... take Kael'thas going psycho. They say they now have a novella explaining it, but that seems to have been written AFTER when most of the players were totally "Wait, what?" about it. If anyone wrote about Kael'thas previous to that, they would have probably written about a noble prince who may have made some bad choices but is trying to ultimately protect his people. After BC? Not so much. So I'm not sure how much the game writers are listening to their characters either as much as going "So, it'd be cool if..." Sometimes, they're right, and it is cool. Other times, it makes the player base face palm. It just varies. I did say that not all of my reply was in directly to you. :)
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