As promised, I translated it!
I got this idea long ago – to make a kind of discussion about OCs, myths and stereotypes connected with them. Today 7 of 10 artists have at least one own character and if we speak of Winx fandom – it's 9 of 10 I think. Unfortunately quantity doesn't mean quality and there's a set of traits which we can see in OCs. I want to talk about them and maybe give some advice.
Please don't take it too seriously. I don't aim at concrete people or characters.
And I'm eager to listen to your opinion and advice.1. Here's Lucy Light, a fairy of dancing butterflies and here's Ducy Dark, a witch of cockroaches. They are my OCs!!!
I don't know who was the first to call all these winx-fandom characters as OCs, but it is a mistake. OC = original character, created from scratch and doesn't belong to any fandom. In fact, all our fairies and witches should be called FC = fan characters. What to do?
The term is popular and there's no way to change it.2. Unusual appearance makes a character original.
Well, an OC with yellow eyes, blue hair and violet nose will stand out of a blue-eyed blondies' crowd. Bur nowadays there're so many OCs using all colour of specter, that it's become almost impossible to make a unique character. Unusual eyes, tattoos and scars, all types of haircuts, OCs-angels, demons, spirits, aliens - most ideas have been already used.What to do?
Don't rely on appearance only. To make an OC truly original, you have to add an interesting description.3. Lots of power = Mary-Sue. Less powers = grey mouse. Standard magic = boring. Unusual magic = stupid.
We all face this problem when we start thinking about our character's magic. There are too many OCs who are so mighty that can destroy the world with a single touch. On the other hand, a character with an only spell and weak magic can be boring. Another problem is specification. Fairies of Fire or Water can already make their own communities and go on strikes. But unusual power, like a fairy of chicken legs, can look and sound ridiculous.What to do?
Try to find balance. Or you can choose any magic you like and make advantage of this in bio/fanfic.4. OC's profile page/biography must be long and detailed.
I agree that there are bios which you can read without stopping and crave for more. But when I see an endless list with points like "favourite colour, favourite clothes, favourite dish, favourite number, favourite animal, number of dresses, number of friends, number of teeth", I want to unsee it.What to do?
Once again - try to find balance. Mix important information with funny facts and keep it short.5. There can't be an OC without an artefact.
I have a strong suspicion that there is a hidden factory where day and night artefacts are being made. Blades of Fire, Shields of Glory, Rings of Power, Black Books of Absolute Evil and Staffs of Night are accurately packed and sent to new owners. Of course, all are unique, with unlimited powers and only for the Chosen Ones.What to do?
Think if your OCs really needs an artefact. Maybe the character can cope with problems without a super-mega-powerful thingy? Or if an artefact is essential in your story, just try to avoid this boring image of a Unique, Chosen and Powerful Magic Item.