While Nuzlocke comics and stories may be popular, I've noticed a recurring pattern involving the authors within the community. Some authors do it for fun and use nuzlockes as part of a mindless hobby and others dedicate their LIVES to it and take it utterly seriously to the point of asking...what is the point?
Being in a community with these individuals who act as pseudo intellectuals and try really hard to engage you with their flowery vocabulary and pretentious standards, is getting pretty tiring to me. Don't get me wrong, I've met amazing people in this community and it's a blast talking to them. Some of my friends are one of the most popular Nuzlocke artists out there and not once did I think that their popularity was blinding them.
Then I met people who take their popularity so seriously that they make it out of their way to make guides about storytelling and tutorials about making Nuzlocke comics. There have even been GROUPS dedicated in judging Nuzlockes, which is...I'm sorry but pretentious and silly as hell. Their hoards of fans are usually more captivated by their art rather than story, and since some of these fans want to be popular too they take their favorite author's word to heart - so far as calling them their 'senpai' or rolemodel.
You might be asking yourself, why am I writing this? Well I simply want to offer some perspective as someone who has been in the community for years.
Nuzlocke artists/authors are usually college students and hobbyists that are still trying to figure out life for themselves. Idolizing them and taking their words as the ultimate piece of wisdom, CAN be harmful to you creatively and as a person. Just because someone can draw pretty and has watchers in Deviantart, it does not mean they can give good advice 100% of the time. Think about it...
A Nuzlocke is a niche within a niche. Pokemon fanfiction is a niche on it's own but Nuzlocke comics are an even SMALLER niche. They do not represent the pinnacle of storytelling and they don't have to be. They are the most minuscule of hobbies - nothing more and nothing less.
Sure the friendships and relationships that grow out of that are not meaningless at all. Like I said, some of my closest and dearest friends are from this community. But that has more to do with the similarity of interests rather than our stories. Heck, most of them we BARELY talk about our Nuzlockes at all. We usually talk about college and our personal lives.
Therefore I suggest all of you who idolize a Nuzlocke artist (I am not an exception) to please look at this perspective. We are not superior in any shape or form and just because some of us have popular comics that does NOT make us authorities in anything. In real life we are the most normal and imperfect people around. Some people do Nuzlockes for ego boosts BECAUSE real life is hard on them or because their real life is dull.
We are all still learning. Internet popularity may influence your life, and it may be important. But it's not the measurement of someone's knowledge or worth. Please remember that, and don't be afraid to speak out when you see something factually incorrect.
Thank you for hearing me out