Tweet of the Day: How “Dungeons and Dragons” Changed My Life
So, last night I tweeted a line that popped in my head and this is the response I got:
BigWords88 Gary James @RafaWriter So… Every time she lies, her, um… I’m not gonna say it. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MostCommonSuperPower
To wit I answered (after clicking on the link) that was not what I meant, and that well yes, I do like that most common of superpowers. That of course let me into remembering another page that dealt with Author’s Appeal which is define thus:
A kind of Fanservice where the presence of a particular gimmick or kink is so widespread and prominent that it is interpreted as a specific reason the creator actually produced the work. Often, this can overlap with a certain philosophy the author espouses; for instance, an “enlightened culture” in The Future may have no nudity taboo, or may have everyone bisexual, remove all body hair at birth, et cetera. Deliberately satirical or political stories often invoke associated Take That moments.
Common in superhero comics (the above power being something that has spread across the industry!). Mind you the difference between Fanservice (usually a character created to appeal to fans because of their behavior or mode of dress which usually* highlights a part of the anatomy) and Author Appeal is that the later is something that appeal to the writer in some way. The writer may admit this, deny it or simply remain silent on the subject. It usually takes sharp readers to figure it out on their own, especially if they notice the same recurring themes/gimmick in a book series (the longer the better, as it provides more material to study.)
I don’t know if I have an Author Appeal. I do seem to have a thing for a) eyes, b) hair, specially long natural color hair. Doesn’t matter the color itself, just the fact that it is a deep, rich natural color seems to do it for me. As for eyes, well where I live blue and green eyes are rare, so I tend to gravitate to those. But I’ll leave it to my readers to decide if I have or make any Author Appeals. And whether they approve or not 😉 .
So, what is your Author Appeal?