Roleplaying: When We Forget to P L A Y
I've been lurking the forums, more specifically, the Barton Town forum, a forum for roleplayers. It sounded like my kind of place until I had a peek inside. I'm not too sure how I feel about what I've found and maybe it's just me being picky. That can be the case but still, I would like a second opinion.
What I've found in the OOC forum was a lot of search threads. That wasn't what made me hesitant to post or respond in any of the forums. No, what made me hesitate to interact was when I looking into these threads. Now, I'm all for looking for your perfect roleplaying partner and I do understand having specific interests. Really, I do because I am terribly picking in what genre/fandom/etc. I roleplay. Still, I find a lot of "I'm only looking for someone to play the male to my female" and "I'm interested in this pairing". And then, there are the threads that demand "lit" or "advanced lit" and things like that. They want five, meaty paragraphs or "make your post pretty" or something of the sort.
Now, there are certain things I do understand. You have to be able to write and read in a grammatically correct fashion and have as few spelling errors as possible. That isn't so hard. We all have access to spell check and grammar check which can easily be found on the internet if you don't have access to a microsoft word type program.
Really, it isn't difficult.
But what I really find lacking in a lot of these threads is what roleplaying is all about: having fun and playing. It's in the name, for crying out loud! I want to roleplay and have. I'm not perfect but I didn't start roleplaying yesterday.
And why is everyone so hell-bent on having pairs? What if the character I create doesn't mesh well with the character you created? Does that demand that we no longer roleplay those characters? NO! We get creative! We have fun with it! Let's roll with the punches and see where our characters can take us!
Maybe I have an issue with all this because I don't like a set plan. Maybe there's something wrong with me because I don't want to feel like I'm just helping you write a story that you can't write alone.
I don't know. It just seems like a lot of trouble and a lot of contorting to fit into a box that wasn't made for me.
I'm done ranting, I swear. I suppose I should shut up and continue my search or post my own thread. All I really want is just to roleplay. Is that so much to ask for?