you seem to know Michael's character really well! I'm planning to write a bmc fic, but I don't want to do Michael's character wrong? would it be too much to ask your help with characterizing him? like what things I should be sure to include/keep out while writing him? sorry if this is a weird thing to ask, ajshdjf
ok i’ve gotten a few asks like this so i guess i can help somewhat ?? btw my word is not final i don’t wanna tell ppl what to write/not to write but at the same time, ppl really mischaracterise michael at times ??
ok so i’m just gonna go over some stuff i feel need to be avoided
- if you’re writing anything boyf riends related, give michael more complexity and actual feelings. what i mean by this is that this kid already has dependency issues; just because jeremy comes back into his life again doesn’t mean michael is gonna be a-okay and have zero doubts that jeremy won’t abandon him again. give their relationship more development damn it !
- michael is flawed and has only had jeremy as a friend for 12 years, causing him to develop dependency issues. so write him with other characters !!! try and develop his character as he makes more friends and start branching out. overcoming dependency and social anxiety is fucking hard, and mental struggles don’t just disappear so don’t write michael as perfect
- every time i read about how michael not feeling good enough for jeremy or how he doesn’t like smth about his body i stop reading. insecurity is literally the gosh dang opposite of michael’s personality. he is described as “comfortable in his own skin”. why are people writing him with self esteem issues ?? that’s like the biggest issue in the fandom and how they write michael. yes, every human being is gonna have moments of insecurity, but not everyone feels this way 24/7, and a person with social anxiety can be confident in themselves, it’s not unrealistic !!
- branching off the fact people with mental illnesses can be happy and confident, writing michael as a stoner with some sad tragic reason behind his habit just feels off. he’s a dumb teenage boy, of course he smokes for fun lmao. i think the fandom doesn’t like being told that michael is not a perfect pure cinnamon roll, and smokes weed by choice, has dependency issues and so on.