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English citations of OC
Initialism: "(fandom slang) original character"
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1999 October 28, Laura Taylor, “Re: Voyager Mary Sue Litmus Test”, in alt.startrek.creative, Usenet:
- One point that almost always seems to be overlooked every time the Mary Sue issue comes up is that *not* all original characters are Mary Sues. Although there are those who think OCs should be kept out of fanfic, it is possible and acceptable to write OCs into your stories without deifying them.
2001 July 22, Jungle Kitty [username], “"Original" writing (was: A Presumptuous Request)”, in alt.startrek.creative, Usenet:
- I think the biggest hurdle in creating an OC who will interact with the Trek characters in a significant way (other than the above mentioned lack of practice at creating rather than invoking characters) is the tendency of the writer to rush to the "good parts." I've read a number of OC stories in which a main character falls in love with the OC.
2004 September 3, Ventura33 [username], “Re: Revised REV TOS "Jimmy Boy" [NC-17] (K/f, K/S, bisexuality, kinky sex, and assorted disquieting weirdness, 1/1)”, in alt.startrek.creative, Usenet:
- A Mary Sue doesn't necessarily have to be first-person; she just has to be an OC doing something that the author would like to be doing.
- 2006, Linda Green, Entering Potter's World: A Guide for Fanfiction Writers, Lulu.com (2006), ISBN 9781411616356, page 165:
- When faced with an OC, reviewers have much more leeway in reviewing. OC's[sic] are completely new characters that need to be developed as well as the canon characters were in the books.
- 2008, Rebecca W. Black, Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction, Peter Lang (2008), ISBN 9781433103056, page 40:
- For instance, one fan might create an OC or Original Character that does not exist in the primary media canon. Then, with that fan's permission (it is considered good form to request permission from the OC creator; however, this does not always happen) another fan may incorporate that OC into his or her texts.
- 2011, Tisha Turk, "Metalepsis in Fan Videos and Fan Fiction", in Metalepsis in Popular Culture (eds. Karin Kukkonen & Sonja Klimek), De Gruyter (2011), ISBN 9783110252781, page 98:
- In the broadest sense, we might say that any fan-created characters (usually called original characters, or OCs, to distinguish them from characters established by the source texts) are metaleptic whether or not they are authorial self-insertions: they are fan additions both to the story and to the discourse— the storytelling strategy—of the fantext, elements introduced from outside the source text.