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Green Room - Week 10 - Day 4

LJ Idol is all about your personal growth as a writer.

Or it's all about the fun.

Or the strategy.

Or the torture.

Or the combination of all of these things!

Perhaps it's about the all-you-can-eat virtual buffet!

The bottom line is that it always ends up meaning something different to different groups of people, which means that the way folks approach it are going to be completely personalized.

Sooner or later, the idea of "who "deserves" to move forward over others always ends up coming up.

Different people are going to approach that differently.

I'll use an example that I *think* is safe because it can be a real life one, that hasn't really come up this season - and I'm pretty sure the people involved won't see this to take personally. (hopefully no one related to them does. Because it isn't.) The kids participating in Idol this season.

There is a huge difference between Season 9 and Season 10 in that regard. Week 1 of Season 9 the kids and the "troll accounts" (people who folks thought were just there to stir things up) were eliminated. In the coming weeks the remaining "troublemakers" were taken out. Pretty much every time you poked your head up, the voters were chopping it off.

For whatever reason, people in that season decided that it was going to be "really serious", and the overall tone reflected that. And you can't have kids outlasting adults in something that's "really serious".

I'm still trying to figure out what Season 10 is, and honestly, I don't think we will know it's full shape until we see the first couple of post-Second Chance weeks, if not even later than that. But, for whatever reason - maybe as a reaction to the seriousness of Season 9. Or maybe because of the influx of new blood who make their own rules - "the kids" have done better/gotten further than almost any Under-17 year old contestant. Which I think is remarkable. Does that mean they will be gone soon? Does that mean that people are grading them on a scale and they could end up outlasting *all* of the adults? I'll be honest - I literally have no idea right now. That is entirely up to the voters. It's up to YOU.

Not just with the kids, but with every other person - and every kind of writing that you see. You get to decide the "who 'deserves' to stay". That's all you.

The collective "you" has the power to shape the kind of place you want this to be this season, and the bigger story you want to tell. Let's make it a good one!

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Second Chance sign-up http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html and the first Second Chance Topic:http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/986817.html

The main competition topic, due *today, March 2nd* - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/985303.html So make sure to get yours in!!

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messygorgeous
Mar. 2nd, 2017 05:31 am (UTC)
First!!
Cheers! It's what I get for being a night owl even if it isn't good for me!

To me, Idol is therapy, seriously. The prompts force me to look back thoughtfully at my life and see what floats to the surface. Sometimes, I rediscover memories I haven't considered in years and I can ruminate on them with the new perspectives I've gained through the years.

It also forces me to take a few hours for ME, to do something I love, and that is important too!
xo_kizzy_xo
Mar. 2nd, 2017 01:00 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more :)

Season 9 almost killed that aspect for me with the whole "seriousness" stance. I'd never disparage anyone with designs to *be* a published writer and stretching their muscles here (because it's already happened and will probably happen again), but for some reason last season tended to attract people who were not just of this ilk, but were also (again, IMO) quite comfortable dismissing anyone who wasn't of their ilk. Really, I dropped out early on just because Idol for me wasn't fun anymore. I'm hoping to last longer this season but we'll see. This time it's less about fun and more RL stuff hitting me from all directions. It's distracting :p
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eternal_ot
Mar. 2nd, 2017 06:58 am (UTC)
LJ for me has always been Fun and experimental. It also is my escape from the Real world for sometime.

Reading the kids this season has been refreshing. I usually read them when I am tired reading the entries and they always make me smile.

Normally the twists and seriousness of the game takes over as we reach closer to top 50. This time it is a mixed bag of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and each one has equal weightage that's good actually.
favoritebean
Mar. 2nd, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping there will be another season of Idol Jr. If that happens, do try to pop in and read all of the entries there, because it is so delightful. I think yamyam_kat fostered her love of Pokemon there, because of the many stories devoted to it.

Also, thank you for sharing your thoughts. As a parent, I was worried about how the kids would fare.
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murielle
Mar. 2nd, 2017 07:06 am (UTC)
I'm so confused. And second. But mostly confused.

Last season, 9, was my first Idol experience. All I remember is the love and the absolute amazement when I wasn't voted out in the first few weeks. I saw a lot of love, everywhere.

Do you mean the children? The children are wonderful! I read them first, and enjoy their entries so much.kfp_rawr and yamyam_kat are absolutely precious and they bring so much energy and joy to all of us.

Okay, going back to confusion and bed.
kehlen_crow
Mar. 2nd, 2017 01:53 pm (UTC)
I almost never notice the drama either, and to be honest, I don't care for it.
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messygorgeous
Mar. 2nd, 2017 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I wasn't here for 9, but in seasons past, when Gary or another contestant would clue me in on some drama, I usually had no idea anything was going on. Usually I would think I needed to work on my obliviousness!

I believe, if you avoid the drama, or are not the group instigating it, you may not see it happening!
xo_kizzy_xo
Mar. 2nd, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)
The reason why *you* (and I mean that in general, not just you personally) might not have seen it is because much of it went underground via Facebook or what-have-you. *I* knew it was brewing somewhere, but I couldn't pinpoint anything because obviously *I* wasn't part of it nor part of any group, for that matter.

I'm not getting that feeling right now and I think it's because most Idolers are off doing their own thing. I wouldn't be surprised, though, that something starts brewing once we hit the Top 50 or thereabouts.

kehlen_crow
Mar. 2nd, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
The voting-out of kids in season 9 was quite surprising for me for the simple reason that I did not know they were even there. I almost never manage to read all entries, although I do read every contestant on and off, and simply missed their entries.

Usually the way I vote does not affect the results much though, so it was obvious that some people who read them really ~did not vote for them.
favoritebean
Mar. 2nd, 2017 05:03 pm (UTC)
First of all, thank you for even allowing the kids to participate this season. I think for me as a reader, it's been fascinating and inspiring to watch them grow with each season. I adored Idol Jr personally, and I know that yamyam_kat did too.

As a parent, I was worried about the kids would be received in Season 10, and I'm so relieved at how much support they've been getting overall. For Season 9, I remember the kids getting voted out early, although yamyam_kat did not participate that year. I felt bad. The tone this year is far different. I am grateful that they are getting support this time around, because they are all very talented writers.

The overall tone this season is much different, I've noticed. I've not had much opportunity to visit the GR, sadly, but just with the entries alone, the tone has changed. I want to say that perhaps it is due to current events, that I see far more non fiction, and I note that the ideas shared are new- even unique.
sarcasmoqueen
Mar. 2nd, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
I don't remember when season 9 was or what happened dramawise. I will say that for me, I will absolutely judge kids differently from how I judge the (supposed) grown ups.
bleodswean
Mar. 2nd, 2017 06:17 pm (UTC)
Season 9 was my intro and I didn't realize until now that it was more serious than its preceding seasons. I guess....I'm serious? About writing. For me, it was all about creating deeply literary short fiction that year and it was GLORIOUS!!! There was endless fantastic short pieces being written by so many contestants and the season was life-altering for me. So, heh, yeah, that sounds pretty damned serious. I don't remember any drama.

Now...the mini-season. Um...I still have the scars and the deliberate amnesia. That was not good. But the writing was amazing!!!

This season does have a different vibe than those two. It is quiet, the writing is quieter, more personal and non-fictional. It seems there are a lot of deep-thinking introspective players. I began the season writing non-fic but it's simply far too personal for me to share in that way. It's like being skinned and turned inside out and then stripping my bones clean all at the same time, so I'm back in the fiction saddle. We have a strong mix of fic, non-fic, and assorted at the moment!

I think the kids are better suited to a Junior Idol only because I can't see how they will be able to go long with the adults. But reading them is an uptick to any day!

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ryl
Mar. 2nd, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
I began the season writing non-fic but it's simply far too personal for me to share in that way. It's like being skinned and turned inside out and then stripping my bones clean all at the same time, so I'm back in the fiction saddle.

I've done a grand total of one non-fic this season and I was nervous about that mainly out of superstition (I don't want to jinx my muse). I found, however, that I'm more open fictionally than I am nonfictionally. There's elements of me in every story I write, but they're so mixed up with what I've made up that I can feel comfortable with the oversharing. I'm also comfortable with the fact that no one knows what's real or made up but me. >:D
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dmousey
Mar. 2nd, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know where my post went. My kiddo pulled me in to Idol in seas. 9. And did a large portion of mini season. The tone of 9 was more cliquish.
Min season more toned down and a lot more love.
This season so far has been gentler and kinder. I think there is more non-fic than I recall, and poetry.

The one constant is my writing has changed/improved greatly since being a part of Idol.

Thank you for that, my fellow members and players, and most of all to you Evil Overlord Gary.
my_name_is_jenn
Mar. 2nd, 2017 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ah, geez. For some reason, I thought the deadline was tomorrow. YIKES! I'd better get writing! Well, typing at least. I took pen to paper yesterday and the entry is mostly finished.
messygorgeous
Mar. 2nd, 2017 08:52 pm (UTC)
I had the opposite problem. I thought it was due LAST NIGHT, so I was desperately writing yesterday only to realize at 7:57 that the deadline was Thursday, not Wednesday. Good luck! You've got this!
messygorgeous
Mar. 3rd, 2017 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm with you. I wasn't here for 9, but in seasons past, when Gary or another contestant would clue me in on some drama, I usually had no idea anything was going on. Usually I would think I needed to work on my obliviousness!

I believe, if you avoid the drama, or are not the group instigating it, you may not see it happening!
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