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amealea
01-17-2011, 05:47 AM
I'm a girl and I can't buy stuff because I'm a kid and I want to be like l, do I have to have the clothes too because I have the characteristics lithe thumbnail biting, not seen sleeping, and a bunch of others. Help?

x-Steffi-x
01-17-2011, 08:41 AM
Anybody can act like their character, but it doesn't count as cosplaying. If you want to cosplay you have to wear the clothing, and even better, have a wig.
Since you're only a kid, your cosplay doesn't have to be perfect I mean L, you only need a white shirt and jeans and you can get away with not being 100% like the character.
Sadly, just having the characteristics doesn't make you L unless you are dressed up as him.

It's just like people who wear a Naruto headband and run around claiming to be a ninja or "cosplaying" when in fact it's not.

But anyway, cosplaying is a really expensive hobby but since you are a kid, I'd save up before attempting to do a cosplay.

Juliapop
01-17-2011, 05:49 PM
Mostly what x-Steffi-x said. You can do whatever you want and call it cosplay, and it's not really going to hurt anything. But, without getting into the "what counts as cosplay" discussion for the millionth time... if you want to actually look like and "become" the character, then yeah, you need the right clothes.

There are lots of reasons cosplaying L is awesome besides the fact that the outfit is cheap, but because his clothes are so simple, it can be a good choice if money's an issue. The only thing that might be a problem is the wig - but you can save up for that. If buying or making things still isn't an option, maybe ask for things for cosplay for your birthday or holidays? And if that doesn't work, hey, you could always buy a $2 bag of lollipops and walk around a convention handing them out and acting like L. It'll make people smile, even if it isn't cosplay.

x-Steffi-x
01-19-2011, 02:39 PM
Mostly what x-Steffi-x said. You can do whatever you want and call it cosplay, and it's not really going to hurt anything. But, without getting into the "what counts as cosplay" discussion for the millionth time... if you want to actually look like and "become" the character, then yeah, you need the right clothes.

There are lots of reasons cosplaying L is awesome besides the fact that the outfit is cheap, but because his clothes are so simple, it can be a good choice if money's an issue. The only thing that might be a problem is the wig - but you can save up for that. If buying or making things still isn't an option, maybe ask for things for cosplay for your birthday or holidays? And if that doesn't work, hey, you could always buy a $2 bag of lollipops and walk around a convention handing them out and acting like L. It'll make people smile, even if it isn't cosplay.

Everybody has a different view of what is and what isn't cosplay, I don't count random pieces of costumes worn to be cosplay but other people may think so. Besides, if someone were to claim it as cosplay, I wouldn't bash them for it as it's their choice and their standards.
Anyway, I take up Xmas and Birthdays as a great opportunity to get certain cosplay parts (especially the more expensive pieces like shoes, wigs and props) and leave the fabric buying for my own allowance.
No one is expecting a newcomer to the hobby to be perfect, heck I wasn't, nor was anybody. My first "cosplay" (was only the costume, no wig or shoes so it wasn't really cosplay) was atrocious, but I expanded and learnt from it and now I'm much better.

It's the case of experimenting, if you don't want to order online, heck, go to a thrift store! You never know what you can find and alter. If you do end up altering stuff, you've technically made it your own, and also it gives you experience on how things work!
If you wish to become more better in the future it might be a good idea to start looking into sewing if you don't want to buy expensive commissioned (well made ones, not the sweatshop Chinese ones as they're cheap) in the future.

Remember, cosplay is about fun, forget anything people telling you it's srs bzns (serious business), unless you're a well known cosplayer, model, more experienced cosplayer, then it's just fun.
I'm sort of in between the two, I have fun at the convention whilst being serious about who I cosplay and dressing up as close to the character as possible. Otherwise I just act like someone who is new to the scene as in behaviour wise, like "ooh what's this!?" As cons vary every year it never fails to bore me :) I've recently got into doing photoshoots which can be a serious or fun thing!

Cosplay is about you, not everyone else, you can't please everyone but chances are, you'll get lots of people who like you and are in the same position. Have fun!

Juliapop
01-19-2011, 09:12 PM
I'm definitely in the "cosplay is only srs bzns if you want it to be, so do whatever you want" school of thought. I'm sorry if I phrased my post badly and my thoughts came across differently. :)

x-Steffi-x
01-20-2011, 02:44 AM
I'm definitely in the "cosplay is only srs bzns if you want it to be, so do whatever you want" school of thought. I'm sorry if I phrased my post badly and my thoughts came across differently. :)

Naw, it's ok, I understand :)