I feel redundant. I don't feel there's anything I can contribute with when it comes to organizing this, you guys are already doing such a great job
And this "claiming & reserving"- system seems good to me.
The only idea I have to come with is this: If we are in fact attempting to do a novelization
, I feel we should adjust our work to actually fit a real novel. I am mostly talking about chapter divisioning. Having about a 100 shorter chapters feels a little inconvenient for a novel. So what if we would be to take, say, 3-5 chapters and put them together into a "big" chapter?Example:
Let's say I novelize the first two chapters of the story, and Dearheart
the two chapters after that. Then we (or kkg22104
, our main editor) take(s) our four chapters and mesh them togehter into a larger one, with a fitting chapter title. Of course, if the stories in these particular chapters would vary too much from one to another for the entire "big" chapter to feel consistent, you could perhaps have some sort of interludes, or split it into different parts of the particular meshed chapter in question. Example 2:
Chapters 1 and 2 of the manga, The Two Alchemists
and The Price of Life
, could make one part (seeing how the story int those two chapters follow eachother directly), possibly entitled Chapter 1, part 1: "Ed and Al goes adventuring in Liore!"
(well, obviuosly someone would have to think of a better name, that was just an example..)
Then Chapter 3 of the manga, The Mining town
, could probably do as a single part on it's own, considering the following chapter has a totally different plot device. Or
, if some dedicated soul feels like merging those two completely different chapters into one part of the main, big, novel-chapter, and is able to make it work, then that'd be fine too of course.
Just thought of something else (crap, this is getting complicated):
write a particular chapter, and somebody else writes the one directly after, it might be a good idea to split those two chapters into two different parts, within the main big chapter, even
if we are dealing with two manga chapters that are direclyl connected. The reason? Different people have different writing styles, and if suddenly one style would jump to another completely different, that'd probably be a bit confusing for anyone reading. So I guess the best would be to have every part of the main chapter credited to the person who wrote it, and not
to have two different people's novelizations of manga chapters included in the same part
of the main big novel chapter.
WOW, I don't know if I'm making any sense. At all. I'm tired, so if I'm being inane/weird/stupid/redundant (deja-vu!), PLEASE, tell me so right away. Give it to me. Slap me in the face and shout it out loud, maybe that'd wake me up from the mental comatose I feel like I'm currently in xD
ANY-EFFING-WAY, I'm gonna try and collect my thoughts in an attempt to wrap this up.
Too many short chapters = not good. Fewer, longer, more evenely paced/adjusted chapters = good!
Fewer, longer chapters divided into different parts, depending on who wrote what and how much = good. A certain part written by a certain person should be credited to said person in beginning of said part.
Title for big, main chapter (the one including the several, shorter parts, Chapter 1, part 1 etc.) should be a uniform title reflecting the contents of the chapter.
THERE. I think that's all I wanted said.
Oh, man. Hope anyone understands what this overly redundant ramble was all about. I barely do myself. My brain is worn out from working, not sleeping, and being in frickin love
Also, I guess being a teenager and all that comes with it doesn't really help with the smarts.
QUOTE (Dearheart @ Aug 4 2009, 12:15 PM)
*giggles at ChouChou* Awesome, chapter 1! Squeeee!! *bounces* And while we're on the topic...would you mind much if I just did pages 15-18? Or would you rather just do the whole chapter? I don't mind either way. It's a cool scene; if you really want to do that part yourself, I totally understand.
(And sorry if I'm butting in too much or anything! I'm not trying to hog all the good stuff! Really!)
I'm flipping and re-flipping through those pages, and can't really see what's so special about it. Are you referring to the scene where Rose asks Cornello when he'll be able to bring her boyfriend back?
Anyway, as DistantBlue said, I think it'd be best to do one whole chapter on your own, and not just do a couple of pages here and there, to keep complications to a minimum. Besides, I would really feel more satisfied with doing it myself
QUOTE (Dearheart @ Aug 4 2009, 03:50 PM)
Hey, I have a suggestion...and sorry if I'm just pointing out the obvious here or if no one else agrees; I'm just throwing this out there, just in case...
As we all know, Arakawa has a wonderfully wacky sense of humor.
Most of the comedy is in silly cartoonish visuals, and it's part of what makes FMA so much fun.
One of the difficulties we'll have to work with while novelizing it is adapting that humor into novel format. (Again, sorry if I'm just pointing out the obvious here.) I suggest that when we come to parts like that (Ed's short rants, for instance), let's try to make them work in a way that still brings out the delicious humor, but doesn't go TOO over-the-top. When I read a funny part in a book, I want it to be clever and make sense with what the rest of the story's put in my head. Um...am I making sense at all? XD
And this is just my opinion. If no one else agrees... *shrugs* That's cool.
I completely agree. But seeing as everybody will have different takes and interpretions of certain events, or in some cases the overall story, I think it should be up to each author to do as he wishes. That said, I still think we could at least TRY and make the funny parts actually funny, without going overboard with it all by exaggerating, or using too immature jokes. As you said, book-humor is more often clever than the direct visual humor you get out of comics, for an example. And I'm convinced that can be done with FMA, "converting" the
hilarious visual Arakawa-humor into something a little more sober, and realistic, and kind of well thought-out.
And with that, I bid you goodnight. I'm out. Gonna go lie down on the couch for a while.
Sleep away some stupidness.
Just one, final, last thing. Aribelle
, I'd like to claim
chapter 1 & 2 (if possible) and reserve
Now I can black out safely