Found an interesting article on otakukin today. Its an nice take from an outsiders point of view. Most of the article is lead up invovling a discussion of suspension and shelving of disbelief. You can read the whole thing with links in tact (I didn’t bother to copy them) here

Like the otherkin, the mediakin (also called otakukin, fictionkin and soulbonders) have a bewildering variety of beliefs about themselves that vary so much from one person to the next it is difficult to boil things down to a simple explanation. However, if anything could be described as the core belief of the mediakin, it is the idea that all fictional universes are real to at least some extent. This belief may be couched in terms of certain ideas from quantum physics which suggest that an infinite number of alternate universes exist (and that some of these would then coincidentally resemble settings created by writers). The belief may also be couched in terms of psychic powers, proposing that all writers are unknowingly psychics who are receiving clairvoyant visions from other worlds. Anyway, besides believing that fictional settings are somehow real, mediakin identify themselves as being real, actual fictional characters (sometimes individuals claim to be more than one fictional character at the same time!). The mediakin livejournal community says:

“There are worlds alongside worlds, spaces within spaces, shows outside of the shows. This community exists for the discussion of those spaces and places that are the true world on one level of existance, yet exist on this plane only as fiction. We’ve been there, we exist there, we watch them through those small windows of wisdom called televisions, and now we puzzle out what we know, what we remember, and what connections exist between them.”

For an example, a notorious pair of mediakin are Seattle’s Neo and Trinity from The Matrix. This pair is reportedly mind-boggling even within the mediakin sub-subculture, though I personally can’t see much difference between them and others such as the Vincent Valentine woman, except that their “glamourbombing” attempt was mistaken (briefly) for an actual bomb.

What does this mean? It means that every degree of the “shelving of disbelief” is possible and has in fact already been done, ranging from the perceiving of various minor details of life as truly being the way they are portrayed in fiction to the full-blown acceptance of fictional settings and characters as real. It means that when writers write, they might be creating little escapist fantasies that people don’t take seriously, or they might be profoundly influencing people’s actual beliefs. When you’re a writer, there is no way to tell how you’ll be influencing people, but my guess would be that the more popular a work of fiction becomes, the more likely it is that people will turn the suspension of disbelief into the shelving of disbelief.

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