A few days ago, there was a little disruption in our little world. Without naming names, one person who doesn’t care for a certain portrayal of a character vented his frustrations which lead to a few raised eyebrows. From what I see, it was only a little hiccup and things returned to normal not long after but I’d still like to share my thoughts regarding the scenario.
First: Nobody should be bullied or shamed for the way they portray a character, original or canon.
Now this didn’t happen(at least it didn’t look like it to me.) but it’s no less of an important thing to say. Fact of the matter is that there’s going to be some variation of what we like/dislike in a character and that will lead to variations in portrayal, and that isn’t a bad thing, in fact it’s good that one RP blog featuring a character won’t be like another blog that features the same character as it feeds into a diversity that is good for all of us. For myself, this diversity has lead to a few blogs that I’ve really come to love and appreciate in a way that I would have likely not thought of/considered before, which is awesome.
Now that isn’t to say that we have to like the differing portrayals, as taste is a subjective thing which makes me a little sympathetic to the person who wanted to let out some steam, after all I’ve seen enough drawings/art/ect. of lewd material concerning Jack and Rhys that I could make my own bingo board and not being particularly keen with those portrayals, I can understand if someone might be frustrated. Does that mean I want such portrayals and those that like them gone? Not at all, please stick around and enjoy yourselves.
Ultimately I think we should all be a little more understanding, understanding that some folks like portraying a character in a way that doesn’t fall in line to the original iteration and understanding that some folks might be a little fatigued with the aforementioned portrayals. Just keep it cool <3.