I wonder if JK Rowling ever just sits around and thinks “Fuck yeah, I wrote Harry Potter, bitches” because I definitely would.
Hm, interesting question! (Are you the same anon that I responded to last time?)
I admit, I’m not overtly fond of OC’s in fanfiction, generally because they always seem to be…well, flaw free would be a good term. (Although you could say that there’s a certain irony that their only flaw is being flawless in and of itself but I digress…)
A lot of the time, the author will use that character as a medium of themselves. (Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way would be a perfect example of that to me.) And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having aspects of an author put into a character. All authors have to do so in order to write well.
But it becomes problematic when that character can magically get rid of any situation easily. The character is literally so flawless that he/she/it/whatever can do whatever it wants with little to no repercussions. That character then becomes ill developed and remains consistently the same level of depth the entire time - or for no apparent reason gets a HUGE ENERGY BOOST IN MAGIC (read as: overpowered) and gains some ridiculous amount of “special abilities”. There are no downsides to whatever they do.
And as readers, we’re supposed to get along with that? We’re supposed to “relate” to that? The problem is, and what a lot of people have difficulty understanding, is that humans are extremely complex. And their lives are DIFFERENT than your own. Trying to put in likable qualities does not make a good character. In fact, it does the opposite. It makes the character boring.
Generally, I like my characters to be well developed and complex. A lot of the time, OC’s generally don’t do that for me. A lot of the time, I don’t really connect well with OC’s (obviously only in fanfiction) - particularly because I haven’t been following their story for as long. It’s simply the fanfiction writer’s job to fill us in on aspects of their lives while we already know every aspect of the other character. And well, that to me is just too strange.
I mean, I give people total props if they can make it work out. Especially when the characters are dynamic and fully fleshed out. So no, I’m definitely not scorning those who try (not immediately, anyways).
And perhaps it could happen. I don’t see why it couldn’t work out. As long as there’s a reason that Tom would be interested in said OC - and not for some superficial reason. There has to be something about said OC that would catch the interest of him, and Tom is not an easy person to impress. He’s often too busy doing whatever he needs to in order to plot for world domination…
But the reason HAS to be a good one. And generally it shouldn’t be about her having super-extraordinary-powers or something.