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So, I came across this fanfic Epiphany by CaptainLeBubbles. It’s a very basic human Perry the Platypus and Dr Doofenshmirtz slash fic. Not a stand out fic for good or bad, except for the notes:

Well! Okay first things first, for my regular readers: One Large Family is officially on hiatus until I start feeling RWBY again, probably late summer or early fall we'll see what happens. In the meantime enjoy the Perry T stuff.

Anyway! Welcome to the Perry T verse. Verse notes to get y'all up to speed really quickly:

-Perry T Platypus. I know what the T stands for; Heinz thinks it's The. (It is not.)
-Perry lives in the Flynn-Fletcher house as a boarder; he took on when they were just starting the shop, to pad their income, and just never left. The kids call him Uncle Perry because they love him.
-His cover is that he's a writer (they don't do much) and thanks to Inator shenanigans, everyone thinks he writes bad gay smut novels. Since this leads to no one wanting to question him too hard, this actually lends itself to his cover very well.
-Perry and Heinz are both trans in this verse but again, thanks to Inator shenanigans, it's a bit moot at this point. It may or may not ever come up, but I'm still putting it out there so the audience knows.
-Jacked(tm)

Okay yeah I think that's it! This fic is the first of several I have planned that will cover the length of the summer and the breadth of Perry's pining for Heinz; it's a slow burn that will necessarily last the entire series so strap in and be patient and hope I keep my attention span long enough to write the whole darn thing. Okay have fun. (Images in the end notes, this one is getting kind of long.)

Great writing right? So to sum the important parts, everyone thinks that Perry writes gay porn and both Perry and Doof are trans for absolutely no reason.
 
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This crap is everywhere in actual published genre fiction as well. Characters are told to you rather than shown to you.
That's quite typical and a hallmark of amateur writing skills.

While each genre of writing has a different expectation for their characters, and some have such well established formuliac tropes that people fall into an expectation of how a character should be, and writers oblige.

That said lazy shoddy writing is not an excuse, and really is indefensible. I've made this argument several times in regards to token characters, and it applies for Gay characters, or whatever imaginary sexuality that these "writers" come up with. If the character is gay, then unless it's for a very specific reason, their sexuality should not equate to the whole of their identity. Just the same how black identity can inform a character, but it should never be the absolute defining characteristic of that character.

Another thing that really irks me about this style of writing as well is the failure to understand the basic principals of character development.

Obviously in a shorter story context it is more difficult to come to a defined character that grows over time, but in a novel length format the character must be able to grow in a meaningful way over a period of time, because it creates interest.

None of the characters within these roiling pieces of shit ever actually have any real character conflict, and any enemies they encounter also are so black and white that it really makes for low level shit, that's more humorous and frustrating in it's reading.

I also think that's why specific interest groups don't get wider readership. Obviously it's not going to have as much mass appeal, but there is so little in terms of minorities literature, that is actually good or of merit outside of it's small bubble interest group, that nobody else wants to read it.
 
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