I honestly don’t understand them. I mean, someone gives an artist money to gain ownership of a character they’ve created? Why not just make your own character? Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice that some people are willing to give money to the artists they like, and it’s nice that the artists are willing to part with a character they created and give it to someone else, but even if the surrounding circumstances are nice, that doesn’t really excuse the fact that the entire basis is just… weird.
For larger companies this makes a lot more sense; they buy the rights to a character so they can continue to write stories about them and, thus, earn a revenue from those willing to buy and read said stories. With online character adoptables, however, it’s a rarity that I see the adopting party do anything with the character after they’ve “adopted” them. They don’t use them for anything. They have no real purpose for buying them other than to say “this is mine” and I don’t understand it.
A lot of the time the adopting party doesn’t even draw! What’s the story behind adopting a drawn character you’re not going to draw? Written work? Well by that logic you still could have created a character yourself, why did you have to buy one from someone else? If it’s because of a lack of creativity, 1.) you should be striving to be more creative if it ties into your passions, 2.) if you are going to be writing about the character then you still have to be creative to some extent, so again, why not just make them yourself?
And if the goal is to adopt the character and then have other artists draw them in the form of commissions or requests, 1.) you can basically request that sort of thing of any character regardless as to whether or not you own them, and 2.) wouldn’t it be more interesting to have people draw characters that you created yourself rather than one that you bought pre-made from someone else?
Finally, artists create characters with the explicit purpose of auctioning them off…. eeeehhhhhh…. I suppose if you don’t do anything with the characters on your own it makes a little sense. I could probably give a little more leeway here since, if you don’t really come up with a personality, name, backstory, whatever for the character, it’s pretty easy to keep yourself detached from them.
Still, the entire concept seems strange to me. Anyone who partakes in adoptables wanna fill me in on the appeal?