Cosplay is short for “costume play”. This is where people get dressed up to resemble characters from various media. Cosplayers can generally be seen at anime, comic and sci-fi conventions. If you’re unsure about what I mean, Google and deviantART have some brilliant examples – the first page of Google Image Search alone provides some good pictures of people dressed Wonder Woman, Jessie and James from Pokémon, the Vocaloid Miku Hatsune and Sakura Haruno from the anime/manga series Naruto, and all just on the first page of results. So what exactly does this have to do with WAM?
To answer that, I’ll have to say “nothing, inherently at least”. What I’m interested to know is what other WAM enthusiasts think of the idea of seeing someone dressed as a character getting gunged. I’m also going to share my thoughts on the idea.
Due to the amount of time, money and effort people put into their costumes I doubt many people would be up for it. I honestly can’t say I blame them either. And sure, Pied Asian Girls has done some videos based around things like Sailor Moon and Street Fighter but really proves to me how rarely these two interests of mine cross over – the only times I’ve seen it happen were on a WAM fetish site, and even then only about three times in total. This is something of a shame, since it’s the closest you’re ever going to get to seeing any character gunged (aside from ones in live-action TV/films or stage shows, of course).
At this point you’re probably wondering why should anyone care about seeing a fictional character getting gunged. If you’re asking that, instead ask yourself this: if nobody wanted to read about fictional characters, why are there so many original characters in stories on this very blog alone? With a fictional character you can choose any aesthetic and any personality you wish. Well that’s all well and good but what if you can’t think of a good aesthetic or personality? Write about a real person? Well okay, but that’s got disadvantages too. Risks like the media throwing a hissy-fit over the existence of your story if someone decides that it would be a good idea to make it happen, regardless of whether they actually read your story in the first place. Plus, trying to write about someone based on someone you know personally (even only a little) is a bit awkward – the last time I met Cristina Scabbia I pondered whether or not she’d read Top of the Slops, what she’d thought of it if she had and if she’d be able to know I wrote it.
This is where the idea of writing about a fictional character not of your own design comes into its own. You already know the character’s look and personality since they already “exist”, but since they’re not an actual person you don’t run the risk of harming a real person with the story. You could risk damaging someone’s intellectual property but frankly, I don’t see that as an issue – far more sexual and/or disturbing things exist as plots for people’s stories involving fictional characters.
In conclusion, I’d love to see cosplayers getting gunged but I also admit the likelihood of them doing so to be nearly zero. That doesn’t stop us from dreaming about it happening though, and certainly doesn’t stop us thinking about the possibility of what would happen if the characters themselves were to be gunged. What we write is all fiction anyway, so there is literally nothing to stop us writing about fictional characters other than our own.
I’d be really happy if people could give some feedback and opinions.
One last thing: another exception to the “cosplayers would never get messy” rule – Jenn Croft cosplays as Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider games, complete with mud in a number of cases. I’d imagine it’s just a make-up-like effect, but still might be worth a look. You can find her website here.