Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moving

I don't have a whole lot to say at the moment. I've been plugging away at the next chapter to Harry Potter and the Heir of Slytherin. It remains the easiest story for me to write for, and I suspect I'll be finished with the writing and editing of the chapter by next Friday.

In other news, I'll be moving this weekend into a Condo I just managed to get for a really nice price, so I'll be pretty busy this Saturday and Sunday. I don't know how much writing I'll be able to do during that time and figured I'd let you all know.

And now that I've given you the most recent news that's been going down in my, which I'm sure none of you care for beyond how it effects my ability to write fanfiction, I'll give you something a bit more interesting.

Today, I've decided to talk (rant) about the overused concept called the Clan Restoration Act, otherwise known as the CRA. This concept, which is mostly centered around Naruto fanfics but as since made it's way into Harry Potter and even Bleach now, is not only the most used way of giving Naruto (or any other male character) a harem, but also what I like to call a dead concept.

Yes. A dead concept. Not a cliche. Cliche's are like tropes. They are used because they work. The reason people dislike their use so much is because most people simply don't know how to properly use them and simply add them in because it means less work for them.

Dead concepts are another matter entirely. They are ideas that had been good ones at one point, then strayed into the realm of cliche, then simply became so overused that they no longer work at all. The CRA is one such concept.

I believe the Lemon Sage said it best when he wrote:

Finally I'll end on a piece of legislature that almost every Harem story centers around. It is called the CRA. Now for most people that have delved into the Harem genre of Naruto fanfiction they instantly know what this is. Before I delve too deeply into this topic let me first say that whoever originally thought of it is owed a great deal of thanks. However, it is an idea whose time has come and gone. To me the CRA is just a lazy way of justifing a harem in a story. 

In all honesty in most of the stories I've seen where it is introduced it usually results in ninety percent of the women discovering their long and previously unknown desire for Naruto. They then literally beat his door down to annouce this fact to him. Lemons soon follow.

Now to me, if Naruto has managed to charm and win over the various ladies of his Harem, do they really need a bill to legitimize their feelings. Obviously I'm of the opinion that they don't. Plus there is just the fact that a bill passed in Konoha would do nothing for say those in Suna and Kumo.
 For those who are wondering, this is the very reason why I don't write for my Namikaze's Return story as much. It's really the only fanfic I have that uses the CRA (it was my first fanfic ever, so yeah) and I've long since come to the opinion that the CRA is simply a lazy way for writers to justify the creation of a harem.

And now that I've given you all some food for thought, I'll leave you here. If you have any opinions on what I've written, don't be afraid to post, even if it's contradictory to what I've said.