They're needed for the plot. This is good, as long as they are there to do more than just make out with Harry.So why the strong supply of original characters?
I think fics that are from an OC's PoV are becoming very trendy and cliché. Everyone wants their own character to be the star. Some of these fics are well written some of them aren't. It all depends on the author.Are original characters just a fad? Something that everyone wants to have, because everyone else has one?
They're amazing if well written. I've fallen in love with some wonderful original characters. But for every good one there are about ten bad ones. If I read a fic with a badly written OC, I either stop reading, or I review and try to help the author with their characterization.How do you feel about OC's?
A good reason to have one is when the character serves a purpose in the fic. They have to be there for a reason. I see OCs that do absolutely nothing, and that is when the author only puts them there to have an OC in their fic.What do you think is a good reason to have one, and when do you think an author is just hopping on the bandwagon?
I see authors that want to write stories that revolve around their own characters, but they like the setting of Hogwarts or the Wizarding World, and stick their characters there instead. I think it's more of the setting than the plot.Is it about a plot that none of the canon characters can fit?
This happens in a lot of clichéd fanfics. Nearly all of these characters are Mary-Sues. If you're going to write an OC that goes out with Harry then you really have to be careful. I'm already a bit skeptical if I'm reading a fic where an OC goes out with Harry, and the OC has to be really great for me to keep reading.Or is it about inventing a new love interest for Harry because the available ones in canon aren't satisfactory?
I don't like most fics that revolve completely around OCs with a few canon characters floating in the background. I've only read a few fics where all the OCs are well written. Once again, you have to be very careful if you do this, because in fanfics that revolve completely around OCs, characterization is everything.Are there too many OC's?
Yes and no. Like I said before, some authors want to put their own characters into the world of HP, and the fanfic hardly has any canon characters. To me, you might as well just come up with your own original fiction.Does it defeat the purpose of fan-fiction?
But if you're writing a fic that isn't just about OCs then I'd say no.
I've seen brilliant OCs that would be great in an original story, but they are also great in a fanfic.Are some OCs wasted on fan-fiction, when they could have their own original story?