Suburban Senshi IRC Chat #767: “Editorial - Quick Rant”
#767: “Editorial - Quick Rant ”

This is written as a general statement of my intentions regarding Suburban Senshi and my philosophy of running its associated chatbox. Consider it a mid-level rant if you wish. Feel free to ignore it, but these are my thoughts, as formulated due to some complaints I hear from time to time. It also has some information about some future ideas regarding the future of Suburban Senshi.

Suburban Senshi is my house. Bluntly, I am beholden to no one. I do this site, the fanfictions, the art and the live chats for me first, and the guests (even though I cherish them all) second. The chatbox, to me, is an interesting experiment: a work of fiction generated in real time by me. I literally am writing the story of Sub. Senshi as I play. (It's not canon, so there's no need to pay attention to it, but I use that area to sharpen up the characters and generate new ideas.) In the chatbox, I even allow others from other continuities to play in my universe (or their own) with no restriction other than some basic rules of civility (i.e. no raping, keeping it PG-13, etc). This means, the Sub. Senshi plotline there will continue, not matter what some visitors might think of it. And so too will the IRC chats / fanfics.

That means Artemis and Luna have a comedically wrecked marriage, Haruka (currently) is annoyed with the concept of it, and Xadium and Minako are a couple. Yeah, it's self-insertion, and yeah, some people will be annoyed, or roll their eyes at it. But you know what? As I've said before, I'm doing this site for *my* amusement, and everyone else is along for the ride. I *do* know the difference between fantasy and reality, and I know it's annoying to a degree, so I keep it light in the mainline fics. If you MUST know, the pairing (as so much else is here at Sub. Senshi, by design) is a parody of the infamous "Ami's Husband" website, even though I treat it with reverence, being the Venus fan I am. At least I had the courtesy to not "Mary Sue". (It's not Xadium, it's Asai-kun... yeah) If you don't like it, tough. I make sure "Xadium" gets beat up or marginalized enough so he doesn't steal the show from the Senshi, unlike what many other authors tend to do, i.e. putting *themselves* center stage all the time. If you don't like it, I understand. But don't expect me to rewrite my canon for your convenience or outraged sensibility.

Similarly, if Haruka and Michiru get married, or other couples form, like Hotaru and Artemis, I'm not going to bend to complaint. You're free to read what you like, and ignore what you don't. Again, this is all in *fun*. There are many other writers who want to play in the Sub. Senshi universe (and with the upcoming writer's guide coming out, that number may grow) and so these kinds of situations may come up again, and my response will be the same. Don't take it so seriously.

Anime fanfiction is like Shakespeare-- maybe not in quality, but in notion. Shakespeare took existing stories and rejigged them all the time to make new comedies, romances, and tragedies. So too do fanfic writers, whether they realize it or not. Sub. Senshi (The Senshi + rei.bot, Xadium and Sakura) are just a new twist on the mythos. Heck, in the movie (which will go up later this week along with some nifty extras) I made it clear this continuity now stood on its own, as a branch from the main tree. If you don't like it, I'm sorry. You don't have to read it. If you want things to go another way, put fingers to keyboard and make your own fic. It's that simple. If you don't like the chatbox, don't visit. It's not required. It's just an extra bit of fun for you to enjoy if you so please. But don't come into it and try ruining the fun for others because you can't handle a particular *plot point*.

As I've said before, if this site ever stops being fun for me to run, I'll pack up shop. No whining, or bitching, or complaining. Have no fear of that, however-- I have plans for the future. Updates have been sparse because I'm going through the last 2 years of logs compiling info for the Suburban Senshi Daizenshuu which will be a comprehensive universe / writer's guide. I also intend to expand the fanfic area to allow for guest submissions in a controlled format (yes, we have Sub. Senshi spinoff fics now, and those are-- and will always be-- welcome), but I want to also have a more unified, completely "canon" universe extension as well. When it happens, my sole intervention in those fics would be to provide canon pointers, possibly write Chibiusa's dialogue (siz sew dam hurd 2 writ!!!1) and host the work.

End Transmission.





 






Seishiko - Sure it would be fine! We already have an alternate pluto, Kousagi from Parallel Sailor Moon and others. This rant was because someone came in and kept knocking the props out of the game, i.e. After rei.bot smashes Mt. Fuji, they'd say "Oh, but I'm sure if I looked out of my window Fuji would still be there" and "Gee, I wonder how many characters [person] is playing now." Stuff that ruined the fun for those in the box.

Dr. X • 02/14/05 07:42am

So... uh, out of curiosity, what if we want to use a chatbox character who is from another Sailor Moon fanfic-verse? This namesake is from my fic idea based on the manga continuity with several pairings and characterizations different from Suburban Senshi. Is it OK to just introduce some sort of dimensional warp that pops her into this particular universe? I could foresee some interesting conversations and misunderstandings due to her other-versely origins ("Mom, why are you shacking up with a cat? And why is Chibi Usa so stupid all of a sudden?"), but I don't know if this is allowed, and I can't find anything about it in the FAQ.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the Suburban Senshi universe and would like to get on the chatbox sometimes, but I also want to preserve my own views and ideas regarding the series and my fanfic, and this seems like the way to get the best of both worlds. Would this be OK given the situation outlined in this rant?



PS sorry if this is more an email question, but since everyone seems to be ready to chime in with random things, I thought a question might not be inappropriate.

Seishiko Tomoe-Shinigami • 02/14/05 12:59am

Yes, even I have written fan fics of my favorite shows, but this is a whole new level. It is an interesting take on the senshi (and Xadium, if you don't mind self-insertion, which I don't).

Let us hope that this fiction stays good.

TuxRainbow [e-mail] • 02/12/05 03:56pm

Who cares if you break some of the "rules"? Suburban Senshi isn't a serious fanfic designed to continue the series in the style of the original, it's a whole new take on it. The interactive nature the series has taken on makes it impossible for it to be so. And damn straight!

I love the way Xadium can take characters from their stereotypes, yet still make them fully developed and 'real' characters. Haruka's the best example of this, I think.

If I want a fanfiction, I'll read one, heck I'm writing one. But I've never considered Suburban Senshi a fanfic, it's a whole new genre of fandom. And so what if Xadium self-inserts a bit, he does so as a character in himself, with his own odd quirks. Plus, he'll make fun of himself as much as anyone else. As long as it's still funny, I won't care. I've often thought that if it weren't for the in jokes, then I'd recommend Suburban Senshi to everyone I know.

To summarise, Suburban Senshi rocks. It doesn't matter what it is, or what it does. Just enjoy the ride!

Sailor Mewtwo [e-mail] • 02/11/05 09:55am

If I may ask, who's been giving Xadium a hard time?

DryaUnda • 02/11/05 03:26am

Everyone takes certin liberties with stories at one time or another. I've writen two compleat fanfiction (both lemons) and had one that I never finished and took great creative liberties with all of them. You just kinda' have to when it comes to making an interesting and unique story. Tell the Neh sayers to "F off"!

Knight Nephrite [e-mail] • 02/11/05 12:59am

It's a shame that some take it so seriously. I look forward to this website as I find it to be an interesting take on the senshi (and is decently written to boot). Many, many times have I had to stop reading because I'm about ready to wet myself from laughing so hard. Screw the whiners and keep up the good work!

Princess Aine [e-mail] • 02/10/05 08:17pm

It will be a sad day if this place ever shuts down. It's been such a common fixture in everyone's lives here. Let's make sure that day *never* comes!

Solarchos [e-mail] • 02/10/05 06:44pm

But if you wrote ALL of Chibi-usa's stuff, wouldn't your brain melt?

starcat [e-mail] • 02/10/05 06:43pm

Completely understood, as it always has been for me. But as Haak says, clearing things up for some is a good idea. ^_^

Shaldra Darkness [e-mail] • 02/10/05 04:42pm

All sounds good to me. It never hurts to sometimes get these things clarified for those who were perhaps getting the wrong impression. And hurry up with that world guide, the public demands it! XD;

Haak [e-mail] • 02/10/05 10:24am



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