Ok so this has been nagging at me for a while now...
Lately (at least here in Sweden) cosplay has become this huge competition and there are a lot of people bashing other people if they don't have a "perfect" cosplay ...and it gets on my nerves like nothing else!! Who the hell decides what a "perfect" cosplay is anyway??
These days I hear oh so many people saying "They really didn't do that very good" or "OMG did you see that wig? horrible!" and stuff like that, and it just makes me so sad! Have they forgotten what cosplay is really about? Having FUN, and expressing our SHARED insert for something, making our favourite characters come to life, play around and meet new people. NOT looking down on others coz you think you're better than them! I makes me ashamed to be a part of this community.
I just read a post on fb where this girl wrote that she couldn't believe why people buy cosplays, and basically said everyone who doesn't make their entire cosplay themselves aren't real cosplayers. And it really made me mad! So here I am speaking up about it.
I continuously try to get better at cosplay. Before it was coz I wanted to get better, for my own sake, now it feels more like I have to or I'll get looked down at by other "better" cosplayers. I don't feel comfortable cosplaying a "casual" character at a convention anymore, or a character that isn't just right. Because I KNOW there will be someone out there thinking I'm not doing it well enough. Thankfully I'm the kind of person who doesn't care too much what strangers think, but it still gets to me. And I can't help but compare myself to other people because of this.
I've even made a decision to start going to conventions having a "bad" cosplay at least half a day there. Only to go against this trend and to show that you don't have to be perfect to cosplay! That being said, I'm not claiming to be perfect normally, far from it. I just wanna show that you can have just as much fun, probably even more if you don't check your make-up every 10 minutes and spend hours getting ready in the morning. I really hurts my pride as a cosplayer when I hear people bashing each other! We all started out as "bad" cosplayers... no, I'm not gonna use that word coz I really don't think there's such a thing as a bad cosplayer, nor do I think there's such a thing as a perfect one. We're all cosplayers, period But we all started out somewhere and learned for there. Some quicker than others, and some chose to stay where they are, just having fun, not thinking too much of the details. AND THAT'S FINE!
I'm not saying there's anything wrong in trying to better yourself, as long as you don't look down on others for staying the way they are. We all have our own ambitions and goals and we should respect that. If you want to buy all your cosplays, then do ^^ and if you wanna make them, so be it but don't go around judging others because they're not doing the same thing you are, because cosplay is so much more than making a costume and taking cool pictures.
This is my opinion, and I stand by it.
As a conclusion I wanted to ask; Is this just here in Sweden or have you guys noticed this trend elsewhere as well? I would very much like to know! as well as your own thoughts on this subject
Thanx! - Nari