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TwistedFayt

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What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« on: April 17, 2011, 06:50:04 PM »

This topic popped into my head out of nowhere and it got me thinking. As a cosplayer and role-player, I have never really stopped to think about what makes both experiences so worthwhile to me. Perhaps it's because I enjoy the idea of stepping into a character's shoes and becoming someone I wish I could be. Or maybe it is because I enjoy making up my own realities for that character that I may have had in my dreams.

Either way, what is it to you that makes you enjoy cosplaying (or dislike it if you don't like to cosplay)?
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 07:39:36 PM »

I LOVE the fact that I'm able to bring a character to life. Plus, if there's smaller children at the con and they are able to recognize who I am, it makes me feel like a character at Disneyland when they get all excited and ask for pictures. ^_^
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2011, 08:49:49 PM »

I'm just going to go ahead and say it, Its because it gets you noticed.  In a costume you get that attention you may not get in the everyday life.  If it wasn't for attention why would there be so much drama among cosplayers? 

(btw I don't believe that, but for the sake of discussion lets roll)
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2011, 11:57:57 AM »

It's always more fun to be someone else other than yourself. Cons don't happen very often, and the rest of the year is filled with mundane everyday life, so it's always fun to dress up and pretend as your favorite characters.

I do it for the experiences and memories. When you get older there will be less and less chances that you will be able to do things like this (natural aging, gaining weight, etc) so it's good to use your youth as long as you can. Making my costumes lets me use some of the skills I picked up in everyday life.
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2011, 02:02:17 PM »

It's always more fun to be someone else other than yourself. Cons don't happen very often, and the rest of the year is filled with mundane everyday life, so it's always fun to dress up and pretend as your favorite characters.

I do it for the experiences and memories. When you get older there will be less and less chances that you will be able to do things like this (natural aging, gaining weight, etc) so it's good to use your youth as long as you can. Making my costumes lets me use some of the skills I picked up in everyday life.

I only started cosplaying about ten years ago (at sci-fi conventions first, then for anime conventions) and am hoping to do so for many years to come (at 52 years of age right now).  I love cosplaying my favorite characters, and learning new sewing/crafting tricks to get the outfits put together.  I'm hoping to get to a few of the cosplaying panels this year, especially the armor making panel, so I can add a new outfit next year!
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2011, 03:33:54 PM »

Well this is definitely the wrong section for this thread.
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2011, 05:38:50 PM »

Yes I think I'd have to agree with all of you. There's just something about becoming someone besides yourself for even just a day that makes the experience thrilling. It's almost like a Halloween that can take place more than only once a year. ^^ Not to mention that cosplaying has allowed me to try new things such as my recent hobby of creating hats, dolls, and other things that I may not have tried before.

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Well this is definitely the wrong section for this thread.

Ah well I wasn't sure where this thread would have went. ^^;
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2011, 10:19:16 AM »

*sigh* This sure gets annoying doesn't it? Wish people would actually read on a forum, but I'm asking too much aren't I?

Moving to general discussion for now.
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2011, 05:31:06 PM »

*sigh* This sure gets annoying doesn't it? Wish people would actually read on a forum, but I'm asking too much aren't I?

Moving to general discussion for now.

D: Sorry. I really was confused because a lot of the boards were similar.
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Re: What Makes Cosplaying so Appealing?
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2011, 12:09:59 AM »

It's all good, it happens all the time.

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