I wanted to post for a while now about being behind such a strong character in the Sookieverse. I have been part of the world on Twitter since January 2009, having fought the urge to join yet another Social Network. Then I found @SookieBonTemps and @EricNorthman in the very early stages of the TwitterSookieverse. Immediately I wanted in as Alcide. He struck me from early on in the books as the guy to watch out for.
I thus entered Twitter as a Role Player and began to see the Sookieverse grow before my own eyes. While I got more familiar with the technology and the various external outlets that grew in support of them, I found room as Alcide. In the beginning, with the world new, we were tweeting along book story-lines, then the dead rose and characters long gone arrived and we had to switch things up. Suddenly arrived the quandary “Do I notice @DebbiePelt? @MariaStarC? or do I stick with the current books? Which version of these characters do I interact with?” Too many choices.
Soon I realized that the world is so mailable that I would have to go with the flow and let interactions guide me. I was getting overwhelmed. I took a vacation for a few weeks.
Then the doppelgangers arrived. Suddenly there were 3 of me, 4, 5! And they we going with and against the story-lines and relationships I had established. What to do? Do I care that there are multiple versions of Alcide? Sort of. Let me explain, I only care because it gets confusing when players are tweeting different versions of Alcide and each reacts differently and engages at different levels, in turn confusing people following the thread. Therefore, I prefer to tweet with the circle of original RPers in the Twitter Sookieverse. That is only my preference and I have teamed up with alternate characters at times because they were really cool to work with. That said, I tend not to go completely out of character (say dating Pam or deciding to go out and kill a bunch of people), but I operate within the world, relating to characters in the world even if I have never met or related to them in the books. Right now I am following the world of the books but am in parallel to the show, so my “life” is currently between books 2 and 3.
As for the rest of the copies, hey party-on, establish outside of my circle and we’ll be fine. *Growls* *Winks* RPing is fun, it is meant to be fun, and when it stops being fun, count me out. There are many fantastic variations of characters on Twitter and in this world, all with writers and fans and readers and circles of well-played characters around them. Please be nice. Follow those that you love. Follow them all if you’d like!
There is a player behind the wolf, and there are players behind all these loved characters, before you bring hate just remember, this player started doing this as a fan like you!
I have faith in Joe.