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03 Dec 2020 08:05 #69923 by Thefirstone
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And in general I’d like to discuss it, but anyway;

An idea that I came up with recently was the idea of a small island nation in a wider setting  (slightly Wakanda/Latvaria-ish) whose royal family have the power to transform into Kaiju.  I want to do some kind of story about this, but I don’t know what kind, or if it should be posted on this site.

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03 Dec 2020 08:34 #69926 by Rjjt456
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I haven’t seen this idea before so I’m not sure if this fits the site either

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03 Dec 2020 17:50 #69928 by shadar
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Not sure about off-topic. As I see it, I figure anything about empowered females is on-topic, other than Peril. Wakanda is a very rich setting and the original movie was terrific. 

The bigger question is whether you'd develop an enthusiastic following here. Probably depends more on the quality of the story than the specific theme or setting.

The nature of fantasy is that it's very specific depending on the person. I'm more into Tolkien'esq themes of high fantasy (which I don't have the guts to try and write) and SciFi fantasies involving Kryptonian'esq characters crossing over into Nordic mythology. But that's just me. 

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05 Dec 2020 01:06 #69934 by YAGS
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I've found that the answer to what's on topic vs off topic around here changes over time. The first time I asked, I was told in no uncertain terms that super strength and invulnerability were absolutely necessary for a story to be considered on topic. But that was 15ish years ago.

A couple of years after that, I asked if I could submit a workshop story (the beginnings of my 21st Century Magic: Gotcha!) that didn't include those powers, and I was told "just submit it, and we'll see if we like it". It didn't win the workshop, but it got a few votes. And it's been viewed thousands of times since then. So apparently, the community here likes it, even though it's all telekinesis and body control (mind control?), with no super strength. 

I think things have just gotten more lax over time, and more accepting of anything, as long as there's an empowered female. The one hard rule is "no peril", but even that can be bent. ie If a superwoman has to overcome challenges, it's ok, as long as she's shown being dominant and powerful more than she's shown to be in peril.

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05 Dec 2020 05:34 #69936 by shadar
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YAGS wrote: I've found that the answer to what's on topic vs off topic around here changes over time. The first time I asked, I was told in no uncertain terms that super strength and invulnerability were absolutely necessary for a story to be considered on topic. But that was 15ish years ago.

A couple of years after that, I asked if I could submit a workshop story (the beginnings of my 21st Century Magic: Gotcha!) that didn't include those powers, and I was told "just submit it, and we'll see if we like it". It didn't win the workshop, but it got a few votes. And it's been viewed thousands of times since then. So apparently, the community here likes it, even though it's all telekinesis and body control (mind control?), with no super strength. 

I think things have just gotten more lax over time, and more accepting of anything, as long as there's an empowered female. The one hard rule is "no peril", but even that can be bent. ie If a superwoman has to overcome challenges, it's ok, as long as she's shown being dominant and powerful more than she's shown to be in peril.


As I see it, a woman overcoming challenges, even being on the losing end at first, isn't peril. It's the nature of great conflicts and battle. It's Peril when the stories entire purpose is to beat her down and enjoy the fetish aspects of men beating up a superwoman. But I suppose interpretations on what makes it Peril can vary. 

For my part, I'd love to write a story featuring Galadriel from LOTR where she proves that the oldest and most powerful of elves have powers that are Kryptonian'esq. Perhaps elves get stronger every year, and she's lived for multiple eons. But it's very heavy lifting to get the dialog and scene and relationships and all the other Tolkien'esq world-makings right. And I don't speak Quenya.

Shadar

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