I am a member of several prominent fandoms. I love me some geeky TV shows, movies, video games, comics and more. And like any good geek, I can get super into the lore and backstories of these franchises. Got a wiki wormhole with dozens of pages devoted to the secret connections of several minor supporting characters? I’m in! I love a good lore.
Don’t understand what I’m talking about? Comedian Patton Oswalt explains it pretty well in this stand-up clip. Lore is not just the main story, but all the deeper histories behind the characters and settings. Lore isn’t just Frodo and the One Ring, it’s everyone who came before and everything in the Simariliion. Lore isn’t just Tyrion, Daenerys and John Snow playing the Game of Thrones, it’s the history of the Night’s Watch, Bran the Builder, Robert’s Rebellion, The Tales of Dunk and Egg and more. Game of Thrones has great lore.
And now I’m going to share my favorite lores with you! I’ve loved a few over the years, ignored others. Feel free to share your own favorites in the comments!
I make no bones about my life as a young fan fiction writer. I am actually quite proud of the work that Young Sean churned out at such a young age – even if I can rarely bring myself to go back and read the stories I wrote. You can check them out at FanFiction.net. Those stories laid the groundwork for the Sean you know today.
And one of the things I loved more than anything else was creating my own Mary Sue characters in popular fiction. Though back then, I had no idea what a ‘Mary Sue’ even was.
According to TVtropes.com, Mary Sue is the derogative term for an original fan fiction character inserted by the author into an already popular series, usually to serve as some kind of wish fulfillment. Mary Sues typically have dramatic backstories, awesome names, unique looks, and more often than not, upstage the main characters. For example, say you wrote a Harry Potter fan fic and inserted your own original Hufflepuff wizard, and the story was all about how your wizard fell in love with Draco Malfoy and turned him into a good guy with the power of love. It’s that sort of idealized character inserted into pre-existing stories.
I don’t think I was ever that bad, but I loved creating my own original characters for all my favorite cartoons and movies. Join me after the jump to take a look at just a few of them, and feel free to share some of your own in the comments! No judgement.
Also, as Google has revealed, I was not the only person in the world to come up with these exact same ideas. But I was young, and the Internet wasn’t a thing yet, so forgive me if some of these ideas aren’t 100% unique or original. They were to me at the time.
I want to be a novelist. That’s my dream job, right there. To be able to kick back and create wonderfully imaginative stories, then share those stories with the world. I have several ideas, but I’ve yet to really get working on any novel. I mean, isn’t everybody trying to ‘finish their novel’? It’s one of those extreme jobs, like a rock star, where you have to work really hard, and even then there’s only a slim chance that you’ll get your big break and be discovered.
The work will be worth it though. I love to write. This blog and my day job are proof of that. I just need to find somebody who will pay me to write what I want to write.
I’ve wanted to write books for a long time now, books or comic books. But ideally, I want to write a novel. An adventure story. Something exciting and character-driven. I have no interest in writing a screenplay and trying to get discovered in Hollywood. Working on a TV show is probably a blast, but that’s still lower on my list than writing a popular novel. So I thought I’d share with everyone My 6 Favorite Authors. These are writers whom I’ve read extensively and have loved almost everything they’ve done. I’m not as well-read as I’d like to be, so maybe I’m missing out on some great stuff, but I’m happy with what I’ve read. Maybe I’ll even get some of you interested in checking out their work.
And much thanks to Alyssa for introducing me to several of these authors.