[25] The Other Pokereviews, Part 32

Lots of people who don’t understand how to tag their story as anime-related.


https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256051/1/A-Pokemon-Ammourshipping-Story

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You seem to have forgotten to post your story.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256161/1/Pokemon-Sun-and-Moon

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256228/1/Testing-A-Rocketshipping-Fanfic

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You should separate your author notes with a horizontal line; otherwise, they look like part of the story.

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

Centering all your text makes it difficult to read.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256294/1/A-Pokemon-Amourshipping-Story-Remade

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256486/1/AureliaShipping-Drabbles-and-Short-Stories-Collection

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

A drabble is a story consisting of exactly 100 words. It’s a writing exercise, not a word for any short story.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256581/1/The-Ketchum-Siblings

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

A drabble is a story consisting of exactly 100 words. It’s a writing exercise, not a word for any short story.

Non-story chapters are banned. This should go above your first chapter, not stand on its own.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256719/1/The-Ultimate-Half-Breed

Please make a more informative summary. Only giving the reader a vague, abstract summary open to many interpretations is very frustrating.

[Well, Life isn’t going to have any of that]

“Life” shouldn’t be capitalized here.

You should separate your author notes with a horizontal line; otherwise, they look like part of the story.

[“Normal speech”

‘Thoughts’

*action*

-Time setting/change-

{POV}]

I guarantee you do not need this key. If basic actions aren’t obvious from context, you’re doing something wrong. Also, using quotes, even single quotes, for thoughts is confusing, because it makes it look like characters are talking out loud.

[-Present-]

This is jarring; it’s better to use generalized scene transitions. Time and place should be clear from context or narration.

[*sigh*]

Actions in narration are similarly jarring, especially when you’re using first-person POV, since it reads like script format. You should describe these instead; you’re writing a story, not a comic book.

[Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea, after all.” I say]

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts.

[The fate of Humanity ]

“Humanity” should not be capitalized here.

[Her eyes were like that of sapphires that even Arceus would treasure for eternity.]

Using Arceus in place of God sounds ridiculous and has no basis in canon. It’s fine to assume they have a religion like Christianity and just use “God”.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

[But that’s OK]

It’s written “okay”, four letters. It is not an abbreviation for something else, nor is it pronounced ook, therefore it should never be written as OK, Ok, O.K. or ok.

[“I’m heading out, mom!”]

When a title (such as “mom” or “dad”) is used in place of a name, it’s capitalized like one.

You might want to get a beta reader. Start looking here: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/42724996/1/Beta-Signup

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256853/1/dragonite

Not using capital letters makes me not want to read your story.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256978/1/gre-Ninjas-In-Lumiose

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

[Edit Your First Chapter Here]

You appear to have forgotten to post your story.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12256996/1/hungry-like-a-wolf-amourshipping

[“Soda and Scotch for the angel here, ” he jutted his thumb at her direction]

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

Additionally, “scotch” and “vodka” are not proper nouns and therefore should not be capitalized.

What does this have to do with Pokemon?

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12257535/1/Light-and-Dark-The-Battle-Within

Your formatting is behaving strangely. You should preview your story before posting it.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12257572/1/Pok%C3%A9mon-Destinies-Trial-of-The-Heart

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258000/1/Misfortune

[“You heard me, young master. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop your mother from destroying you and your sister’s marks, but I was able to preserve images of them and pass them off to your father as he left the Foundation.”]

Their father didn’t leave the Foundation; he fell into the ultra wormholes and is presumably dead, as explained by Gladion in the postgame.

[Hearing crashing behind him, Gladion turned to see Silvally splayed out on the floor after flailing its way through the turnstile. It clambered to its feet and huffed as if to say, “it’s not my fault you humans have such unnecessary things!”]

This is adorable.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer, or kahuna. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

[“Alola, Gladion!” he greated]

“greeted”

[He lopped and arm]

Typo.

[a come-to-Arceus]

Using Arceus in place of God like this sounds ridiculous and has no basis in canon. It’s fine to assume they have a religion like Christianity and just use “God”.

[Well we have the, but]

Typo.

[She never had one herself and wanted us to be perfect like she was.]

What? How is that possible? You start the story by saying everyone has one. And she is married. Why wouldn’t she have a soulmate?

[You’re still beautiful with it, though.]

That’s… kind of a tasteless thing to say given Lusamine’s obsession with beauty. It feels like it would be more on point for him to express a sentiment to the effect that it’s okay if Gladion isn’t beautiful.

This is sweet and well-written, otherwise.

oh no I care about canon characters now

Also another soulmate thing. Been a while since we saw one of those.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258019/1/Pokemon-XY-Z-revised

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You might want to pick a more original title. There are quite literally thousands of titles in this category that are variations on, if not identical to, this one.

Please make a more informative summary. Only giving the reader a vague, abstract summary open to many interpretations is very frustrating.

You should separate your author notes with a horizontal line; otherwise, they look like part of the story.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Or region. Or forest. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258181/1/A-Broken-Family-is-a-Easy-Target

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You should separate your author notes with a horizontal line; otherwise, they look like part of the story.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258560/1/In-The-Thick-Of-The-Night

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

A drabble is a story consisting of exactly 100 words. It’s a writing exercise, not a word for any short story.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258659/1/Muto-Moves

[“Really? That bird is paranoid? I saw her and thought of her as calm and serene. And really, really, not there a lot to humans. Actually, that’s a jackass move.”

“First, he. Second, don’t get me started with him,”]

Ho-oh is genderless in canon. I’m not sure why this back-and-forth is necessary.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

[‘Oh, this should be good,’ Meloetta thinks watching.]

Using quotes, even single quotes, for thoughts is confusing, because it makes it look like characters are talking out loud.

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258669/1/Pokemon-Adventures-V1

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

Script format is banned on this site. You’re an author, not a screenwriter.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258735/1/A-Winding-Road

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12258894/1/Pokemon-sun-and-moon-Lillie-X-male-protagonist-The-war

This is incoherent. You need a beta reader. Start looking here: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/42724996/1/Beta-Signup

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12259140/1/The-Champion-of-Jhoto

It’s “Johto”.

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You should separate your author notes with a horizontal line; otherwise, they look like part of the story.

[He was about 4’11 in height]

If you list height down to the inch, that’s not “about”. You don’t need to do this anyway, exact statistics will just be forgotten by readers immediately. Saying something like “about five feet” or “of average height” is much better for helping readers visualize the character.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12259565/1/carvings

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

I appreciate that you’re not capitalizing pokemon.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12259816/1/Nervous-Jessie

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You should separate your author notes with a horizontal line; otherwise, they look like part of the story.

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12260381/1/2-be-a-Master

This belongs in the Anime category. Find your story under “Manage Stories” and select it from the dropdown menu in the “Category” section.

You wouldn’t capitalize animal or mouse or dragon, so you shouldn’t capitalize words like pokemon or pikachu or charizard. The only time you should capitalize it is if you’re using it as the pokemon’s name, ie, Ash’s pikachu is called Pikachu. This is because you only capitalize when it’s a proper noun, which are the names of places or things. Similar reasoning should be applied to any other words you’re thinking of capitalizing, like telephone or trainer. Or professor. Please direct any concerns to this thread: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/55376155/1/Capitalization-Thread

You’re formatting dialogue incorrectly. Dialogue is written as [“Hello,” she said] or [“Hello!” she said], never [“Hello.” She said] or [“Hello”, she said] or [“Hello” she said]. This is because dialogue and speech tags are considered to be part of the same sentence, so they have to flow together. The only exception to this is if the next sentence doesn’t contain a speech verb. In that case, the second part <i>is</i> considered a separate sentence, so it’s written as [“Hello.” She grinned], never [“Hello,” she grinned]. Note that something isn’t a speech verb just because it’s a sound you make with your mouth, so generally stuff like “laughed” or “giggled” is in the second category. Furthermore, if you’re breaking up two complete sentences it’s [“Hi,” she said. “This is it.”] not [“Hi,” she said, “this is it.”] or [“Hi,” she said “this is it.”] And if you’re breaking up a sentence in the middle, it’s [“Hi. This,” she said, “is it.”] The same punctuation and capitalization rules apply to thoughts, except you don’t use quotation marks (or single quotes) with thoughts. This is because quotation marks for thoughts make it look like your characters are talking out loud, which is confusing to the reader.

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12261361/1/my-lavender-town-syndrome

This is a mess. You need a beta reader. Start looking here: fanfiction {dot} net/topic/11834/42724996/1/Beta-Signup

Generally, try harder.

6 Comments

  1. ?? says:
    I’m fine with assuming one or more religions could likely exist in the Pokemon setting, but I don’t understand why default to assuming “like Christianity”. Not that it couldn’t be, but I’m not sure why it’d be more likely than it being like any other religion. Though maybe because the context of “oh God” or such. This comment might be pointless since I may have just answered my own question



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    1. Shared cultural context, like you said. Most of these writers are from Christian-dominated cultures and use Christian expressions, so it’s easier to just use the terms even if they might not make literal sense in a fantasy setting.

      (In my recent fic which incidentally Farla you can read now, I played with this by having Gladion — a white blond kid and therefore presumably a mainland American — use “God”, but having Hau use “the gods” when repeating the same phrase to reflect the fact that Alola has the only confirmed polytheistic religion in the franchise.)




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    2. illhousen says:

      It’s mostly about swear words and the least effort. The complaint exist in the context of authors replacing “god” in such constructions as “goddamned,” “oh my God” and so on with a pokemon name, which just reads really awkward (a similar phenomenon exist in fandoms for stories – mostly anime – set in Japan where characters swear “kami damn it,” which… is not really a thing you are likely to hear from actual Shinto followers).

       

      The argument here is that if you really want to use religion-themed swears, it’s OK to assume that cultural context necessary for their existence (in this case, a religion similar to Christianity in a sense that people believe in one God and swear by the word “god”) is present in the setting.

      Of course, if your goal is actual world-building, you can do whatever you like. Weird cults worshipping gods that are yet to be born, quasi-gnostics convinced they’re a part of divine entity fractured and trapped in the material world, a death cult convinced that we’re all dead and need to die again to be reborn, whatever would make for an interesting story and can more or less plausibly exist in the setting.

      In such cases, however, you should use more general swear words that won’t force you to mutilate the language.

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  2. sophiecognito says:
    Okay it’s been ages since I’ve been to ff.net proper so is the anime/manga/game distinction a new thing? It was never one before.



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    1. I believe it is relatively new, yes.




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  3. someone says:
    I suppose it’s worth noting (and maybe worth adding as something to cite when you come across stories that use Arceus in place of God) that in BW2’s Pokemon World Tournament one of the things the announcer can say is “the goddess of victory smiled on [name]” rather than, say, “Victini smiled on you” so people in the Pokemon world [i]do[/i] have canon references to gods/goddesses in a more general sense.



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