Member Interview With RidiculouslyNoir
Welcome back to member interviews! Apologies for the delay in these starting properly. With changes to sponsorship and some personal things in my life (I'm moving house!) it got pushed back a little. But never fear, for Member Interviews are here!
I'm excited to kick Member Interviews off with the amazing RidiculouslyNoir who has been an active member of VF since 2005. It has been great to sit down with Elliot to learn more about him, and I have to say I really enjoyed us talking about Hannibal, Stephen King and roleplaying - I hope you do too! Below is our conversation, with my questions in purple and Elliot's responses in white.
Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to nominate members below for who YOU think should be interviewed next!
Hey Elliot, thank you so much for joining me today for your VF Member Interview!
Hi, Alexa! Thank you for having me here! Though I'm still surprised you'd ask me to get this kick started again xD
You were actually nominated by a couple of members, I think you might be more loved than you think!
Oh, wow! Just give me a big head why don't you
So let's get this kicked off. You've been on VF since 2005, what first brought you to the site?
Honestly, my best friend had a scrap of paper with the VF web address written on it, and I was like, "Hey, what's this?" So I checked it out, joined up, and the rest is history. She was pissed at me because she wanted to join up first xD
I hope she forgave you eventually!
I think she did. She joined but left and never came back, so...
2005 was thirteen years ago now, so what has made you stay on the site for such a long time? (And yes, we're all allowed to feel old now!)
OMG now I do feel old! Jeez. Well, I guess I stayed initially because of the people I met and all the friends I made. I've still got a couple friends I met way back when I first joined and I'm still in touch with them, so I guess that's a testament to the power on VampireFreaks. The community on here has definitely helped keep me online. I think once you find your little niche it's easy to log on everyday and waste time doing a whole load of nothing! But the thing that keeps me here consistently is the roleplaying. I've made some great friends through RP, and I wouldn't change it.
That is great you still have friends on here from back in the day! I think a lot of people underestimate the strength of the friendships made on here, and the roleplay community is certainly one of those close knit groups. Did you start writing on VF, or were you already interested in it?
Couldn't agree with you more! And I started writing long before I joined VF. I was always writing something, whether it was something for school or just something I thought up. I would fill exercise books with poems, short stories, all sorts of things! My primary school teacher actively encouraged me to write whatever came into my head, and he always enjoyed my writing, so I definitely developed a taste for it at a young age.
That is so amazing what your teacher did! I don't think enough children have teachers who are so encouraging. Did you find that helped you to have confidence in your writing?
He was such a good teacher! I miss him. And definitely! I don't think enough teachers these days really give praise where it's needed. If more people were encouraged from an early age to actually pursue the things they wanted to do or the things they enjoyed doing, less people would become bitter adults.
I couldn't agree more! So, we're going to rewind a little and talk about roleplay. It's no secret I'm a roleplay nerd, but it is a big part of VF and I think this would be a great chance for more members to learn about it. What attracted you to roleplay in the first place, and do you remember the first roleplay cult you joined?
It was actually my partner who got me into roleplay originally. He'd joined a cult and had met a few people, and he asked me to join so I did. I didn't really get it at first, but I learned pretty quickly what was considered good roleplaying and bad roleplaying. I honestly don't remember the first roleplay cult I joined, though I do know it's been long since deleted, which is a shame.
I think the initial attraction to it was the fact I could improve on my writing skills with a fully participating and engaged partner, so there was feedback straight away on what was well written and what wasn't, which, as a young budding writer, was really helpful.
Do you happen to remember one of your first characters?
I do, actually, cause he's still around today! His name is Franklin and he's an aristocratic vampire. He's had so many face claims it's unreal. I just can't ever capture him properly XD
What has been your favourite plot that you've done with him? Don't spare any gorey details!
I had a plot idea that involved Franklin trying to avenge his wife's murder by hunting down the people responsible... And failing dramatically! Frankie isn't a fighter and he isn't a warrior. He's a practical, level headed and methodical man who rarely does anything as a spur of the moment sort-of-thing. So he got a lot more hurt than, say, some of my other characters would, and he fell into a period of self loathing and regret. I wish it was more interesting or gorey than it is, but it's pretty standard for poor Frankie, really. He never was lucky in love
I really like it! It feels more realistic than a lot of roleplay - scarily! So that was your favourite plot with him, but what has been your favourite plot of all time?
Oh that boy has been through the wringer alright! My favourite plot of all time has to be the one I've still got going on in StoneHallows (a Harry Potter roleplay cult)
Okay, so it's basically a rip off of the Hannibal TV series (and no, I am not ashamed to admit that; it's a fantastic program and I just...ugh x.x) except instead of Hannibal Lecter, it's Killian Cane, and he's a gigantic dick, whereas Hannibal is a suave motherfucker. Killian is obsessed with one Vincent Matthews (a Ministry Auror) and the two of them have had several run ins in the past (mostly Killian killing and eating people Vince loves, but that's normal, right?). Anyways, because of the recent cult plot involving an attack on the Ministry of Magic and Killian's involvement with the attack, he and Vince play a rather dangerous game of cat and mouse, with Vince getting clobbered constantly by Killian and his main minion bitch, Felicity. The plotline isn't over yet, not by a long shot, and there's a whole lot more kidnap, torture and shit to go down yet. Basically I'm trying to reduce poor little Vince into a blubbering mess.
AND I'M LOVING EVERY SECOND!
Wow, that plot sounds really intense! I love how intricate it is, and you definately had me sold at the words 'cannibal' and 'main minion bitch' (seriously, I am stealing that second one!). So, you're a fan of Hannibal then I take it
Oh my god yes! I honestly can't get enough of it. I still get emotional over certain scenes, even if they're just in GIF form! The writing for the episodes is spectacular, the acting is incredible, the set design is incredible, the locations, shooting - everything is just perfect. Next to Harry Potter, it's my favourite thing in the universe, and people that know me well enough will know just what HP means to me, so it's kinda huge. I think the first 2 seasons are still on Netflix, so GO WATCH IT.
So it is safe to say you're a fan then
In all seriousness though, Hannibal is known for dark deaths, gripping story lines, and being one of the genuinely scarist horror TV shows around. Is there one particular episode or scene that stands out as your favourite moment?
It certainly doesn't hold back it in's brutality. There's so many to choose from! But I'll have to go with the last episode of season 2, Mizumono. I don't want to give spoilers, so I won't go into too much detail, but the acting in the last few scenes involving Will and Hannibal are spectacular. There's so much emotion both obvious and hidden that passes between the two men, and the dialogue and everything just fits together so wonderfully that it's truly a heart wrenching moment.
Not to mention the fact that there's a little sound uttered by Will that will be the death of me -swoon-
I feel Hannibal achieved that so often, especially making us all fangirl and fanboy. I've never fulled recovered from the people who were kept alive to grow mushrooms. It was almost too beautiful and dark to handle!
I know, that bit was just genius! I don't think Bryan Fuller gets enough credit for the things he thought up while writing the script.
I remember watching the build up to those boys finding the mushroom field like, "Oh shit, something bad is gonna happen to these kids" and I was SO RELIEVED when we found out the bad thing had already happened. Not that seeing bodies covered in mushrooms is something they'll recover from soon, but still, I had visions of Hannibal swooping in for some veal
So we've talked about roleplay, how you joined VF, and your small obsession with Hannibal. What is something else that people might not know about you?
Errrrrrr...I don't know, to be honest. I consider myself to be an open book, so all the obvious things I can think of people probably already know. Maybe that despite how manic my creativity is on VF, in the real world I can't be bothered to do shit. Trying to write a novel when you can't be bothered is tough!
If I could snap my fingers and magically create a novel that you've written, what would it be about?
Christ there's about 3! But the one I really want to write came about as an idea for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) a couple years ago.
The title and premise needs some work, but it's basically about this race of beings that are capable of looking, acting and generally being someone else, but once you get close enough to really look at them you can tell that there's something not quite right about them. Little things like eye colour maybe not being quite as blue as you might remember, or maybe they're a bit shorter or taller, their mannerisms are slightly off, that sort of thing. They start off taking over regular people, like the postman, your local greengrocer, nobodies really, but they get cockier and start mimicking people in positions of power. But the people they mimic aren't dead, they're just switched, so they're living in a world filled with these creatures, trying to figure out how to get back to their own reality.
I've got Stephen King to thank for a lot of my novel ideas. Especially that one and the one about a man who can stop time
We'll have to run a VF campaign #ElliotToWrite2k18 - I need that novel in my life!
I need to channel my passion for writing drabbles into writing something that might actually earn me some money, huh?
It's really intersting that you mentioned Stephen King inspiring you, I think a lot of members will be able to relate to that. What is your favourite novel by him and why?
Stephen King is amazing. I tell people all the time. My favourite novel by him is Dark Half, and it's my favourite because of features one of my biggest fears as a writer; that something I created could possibly become a living, breathing entity with it's own agenda. The story is so well written and so captivating, much like King's other works, but there's something about Dark Half that always calls to me. I really need to re-read it. I think I fell in love with Thad Beaumont, the main character, and was able to picture him in my mind easily. In fact, that could be said about the whole book. King writes in such a way that's unique to him, I think. You always know you're reading a King novel even if you don't look at the front cover. He's got such a style and it sucks you right in, helps you visualise everything about the story. I could go on about him for ages xD
I can see that, and I'd be more than happy to fangirl with you all day about him. But funortunately we're coming to the end of the interview! Here I am going to ask every member the same three questions in a quick fire round! Are you ready for your final three questions?
I was born ready!
What does your usertitle mean?
Oh man I hate this question It doesn't really mean anything. It's actually a misheard lyric from my favourite Panic! At the Disco song, and I don't know why but it kinda stuck with me. I thought Brendon was singing ridiculously noir, when it's actually ridiculously odd. I'm just an idiot xD
What is your favourite cult on VF, and why should members join?
My favourite cult on VF is StoneHallows. People should join because we're like a family in there, and everybody gets on. There's great games, great characters, great plots and great banter. What else could you want from a cult?
And finally, is there a user who you would like to see interviewed?
I'll have to go with spifffylisa - she seems interesting, and she's always in the top rated for the girls, so there's bound to be a good reason behind that!
Amazing, thank you so much for taking part in the quick fire round and for the interview! I've had a lot of fun talking with you today, and I can't wait to see you around VF. Any parting words or quotes you'd like us to end the interview on?
Thank you for having me! And how about a quote from Hannibal?
"First and worst sign of sociopathic behavior, cruelty to animals."
A big thank you to Elliot for joining me this week! Who do you think we should be interviewing next? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe you'll see them on the main page soon enough! </div>