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Anonymous asked: I’m tired of the over oppressing government of dystopians, yet I’m addicted to them. Can you list some other types of governments to use? I can only think of always at war city states.
Here’s a list of the many forms of government.
It’s important to remember that you can have an oppressive government without war or rebellion. Oppressive governments don’t spring up and fall apart overnight. They’re usually in existence for a long time before a rebellion kicks off, so it’s okay to write about what other things are happening in that society that aren’t related to rebellion. I wish I could think of some examples, but dystopians really are so rebellion-oriented, I can’t think of one off the top of my head.
Well, first of all you need to know which animal you plan on using as the ‘animal side’ for the character. Then…
Know Their Anatomy
All animals have different capabilities based on their general make-up. They have evolved to survive in their main environment which in turn grants them various abilities.
Knowing how their anatomy relates to these abilities is a good place to start. Whether it’s enhanced hearing, great strength, high sensitivity to smell or the acquisition of extra senses outside of those experienced by a human… learn everything you can about what the animal is capable of and consider how it could work with an animal/human hybrid character.
Know Their Behaviour
The thing that will really differentiate your hybrid character from a regular, human character, is the way they behave due to their ‘animal’ side.
So, for example, Momomiya Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew, upon acquiring feline DNA, suddenly exhibits more ‘feline’ type behaviour (even though it is often used for comedic effect). All animals have different movements and quirks (such as a Meerkat standing up tall and turning its head left, then right, then left… or a dog cocking its head and lifting/folding back its ears). These behaviours have a specific function in the wild, of course, but even humans have their own versions (expressions, posture…). Replace the more ‘human’ behaviours with those exhibited by our animal counterparts to emphasise the animal side to your character.
Additionally, each animal has its own way of communicating the way it feels or for to give specific messages to other members of its pack/herd/flock, etc. It also benefits a hybrid character to use some of these communicators (like, growling, purring, bleating, etc) instead of human exclamations and noises.
There’s not much else I can really say on this subhect as a lot of this will depend on your researching…! Use the resources below as a start, but Google (and books!) will be a better friend to you than me for this.
- Friends With Fur - Writing Animals
- Feline Body Language
- Wolf Body Language
- Canine Body Language
- Designing A Character With Wings
- Little Tips For Writing Winged Characters
- Animal Tutorial Masterpost
Best of luck…!
Invisible Garden Gnomes
I am a straight hispanic male. Those three adjectives I can accept. I interact with women, people of other races and gay people on a daily basis, so although I don’t place much value in either three classifications, I do accept that they are important in my interactions with others in 21st Century USA.
However when it comes to ‘cis’ and ‘neurotypical’, ‘thin priv.’ and ‘binary’, I really don’t care.
What I find most funny however is all these trans people who hate my guts for being ‘cis’. At first it made me sad but then I thought to myself, I’ve lived for 19 years and never cared or even known that I was hated, why should I now?
For all I know, there could be a weird community of invisible garden gnomes who hate me for being human. Right now as you read this, they blog about my ‘human privilege’, create ‘die human-scum’ memes and otherwise engage in sad internet activities, all without me ever knowing.
That’s pretty much how I view all these internet types, who hate ‘cis-scum’. Obsess over us all you want, most of you don’t even know you exist.
Norwegian fairy cats
The fun thing about Norwegian forest cats (also known as Norwegian fairy cats, as noted here) is that they’re not just fluffy. They’re also some of the buffest cats around - there’s twenty pounds of solid muscle under that luxurious fluff, and a set of enormous claws designed for climbing sheer cliffs. The “Norwegian” part of their name isn’t just about geography, either - these little bastards used to sail with the Vikings.