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Short Story Contest #9: Theme Discussion

Discussion in 'Submissions Archive' started by Keiji, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Keiji

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    So, if we're all done discussing the theme, I'll move onto making a poll.

    I'll give it a couple days first, though, in case there's to be some last minute
    suggestions.
     
  2. The World Is Flat

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    I'd love to drop back to some fundamentals. Why don't we do a story set in a Blizzard IP. Like a story set during the events of Warcraft III, its expansion, or any novels released before World of Warcraft?
     
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    Well this sounds cool and I feel making an Overwatch story. Though there may be stuff life copyright stuff but we aren't publishing this so I think it's safe. Not sure how mods can decide though.
     
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    It is safe, fan fiction isn't illegal as long as you don't make money on it.

    Also, I like that Overwatch idea, basically: Tell the back-story of one of the characters.
     
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    Will maybe sound stupid, but what would it be like? Taking a character, such as Naisha or Jaina and then telling her side of the story fit into the current lore, or making it before/after Wc3 happened?
     
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    Anything that take place on a Blizzard universe.
     
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    So it's basically making anything but with a pre-defined already existing char? Seems cool.
     
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    Exactly, and as far as I know, none of the Overwatch characters have a back-story yet,
    so basically, you don't have to reinvent it either.
     
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    Oh well, there are shorts coming about in 2016 on march somehow but we could as well write for Warcraft, Starcraft(maybe to add epilogues to characters since Starcraft 2 story already ended as of yesterday) or maybe Diablo with it lack of stories and what I'm interested at is Blackthorne, RnRR and Lost Vikings.
     
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    I'm not particularly interested in Blizzard Backstories. OC is where it's at. But hey, let's vote.
     
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    I wouldn't like a SC2 specifically only theme tho. I thought Overwatch was a title, not a pre-defined set of chars to pick from. For one, because I never played, and prolly never will, anything from SC series.

    I do like the idea to write a random sidekick's story from Wc3 universe. We could expand that to sc2 universe too I guess.
     
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    I'd be down to be as broad or narrow as anyone wants in regards to which blizzard IP. I do believe that it is a very interesting challenge to create your own original space within the confines of another story, environment, or character. So yeah, I'd love to do a story set within any one of the blizzard worlds.
     
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    It's not a bad idea. I think it's safe to say we are all fans of various blizzard stories, creating something within one of their universes is challenging yet doable. I'm also very much for original content. At this point I say we vote on some of the things we have and get the ball rolling.
     
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    Yeah. Vote Vote!
     
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    I'd have to agree too, firstly I think it would be a great concept and secondly I think it's easier for people to get sucked into a story if they know the characters. Don't get me wrong if you sit down and read something like the Inheritance Cycle you're going to get great attachement to Eragon, Solembum and Arya. But the amount of attachment that people feel toward a newly made up short-story character is always going to be limited.
     
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    Well, sure (maybe), but just to play devil's advocate, is that not the true challenge of short-form narrative, doing much with little? The ability to develop that attachment, or at least involvement in the story you are telling with few words placed well is the hallmark of strong writers. Its what defines a lot of writers, like Leo Tolstoy or Ray Bradbury or Issac Asimov or Stephen King or Poe.

    That being said, I believe the skill to mold another's work into your own involves challenge of the same degree, but in an altogether different vein. How much can you truly make that world your own, and how much is leveraged against the existing strength of the body of work?
     
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    If nobody else makes it, I'll make it tomorrow.
     
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    What happened to this?
     
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    Yeah, it's pretty interesting.