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Dear L - CreationCrush by o-kemono Dear L - CreationCrush by o-kemono
" Dear L,

I hope you don't mind if I write this under Anonymous, because what I have to say sounds pretty weird and I don't want to be the center of attention for hate mail and bullies. I have read the letters you have published from other people and I gained enough courage to finally write down what I have on my mind. I don't know if its sick or not, but I'm hoping that you would give me some good feedback. I'll just start out by saying that I have a huge crush on a girl. Her name is Ling-Doe. The thing is, this girl was drawn by an artist; a fictional character.

I'm single and lonely. Ill start off by saying that. I believe it's normal for single people to fantasies about their dream mate. I first saw a Ling-Doe drawing created by an artist on a popular furry website. This artist, <name censored> draws very beautiful woman. The detail to their bodies is amazing: the line work, the shading, the colors, everything. It almost pops out to life whenever you look at his creations. Ling-Loe has been drawn by other artists in various styles, but his style is what really brought me to my knees for her. It's her eyes. There is so much life in her eyes. When I look into her eyes, those computer painted neon glowing eyes, I lose myself in a world of fantasy where here and I are talking, walking together, cuddling, and even making love. Everything like that. She talks to me in my dreams. Her voice so soft like a spring breeze, her eyes give off the warmth of a sun in a clear blue sky. Her body is molded like a Goddess among Goddesses. Her smile melts my heart and makes me want to pluck the moon for her. She is so unique. I've never seen any woman like her drawn as beautiful as her by anyone except for that artist who created her. Yes...I know... Its a bit overboard for an imaginary character drawn by an artist I have no idea what is is like or even his real name. All I know is that he draws her in a way that she becomes flawless, realistic, and unique in every way. I "worship" the artist because he is the one who created her - beautiful Ling-Doe.

I printed every picture of Ling-Doe drawn by that artist and hung her on my wall. I even have a few pictures drawn by other people with her in more mature situations. I even commissioned someone to create a small plushy based off her looks. Its really hard for me to describe it, but I have a huge fixation on her. I feel like she is perfect for me. I sent the artist emails, asking if he would take a request and draw my fursona with her, but he never replied. I can't draw worth a damn, so all I have is my imagination. I know she doesn't exist in the real world, but I feel like she took my heart. That artist knew what kind of woman I love and he doesn't even know me. Its like fate. She took my heart.

Dear L, is it wrong to admire a fictional character, maybe pretend she does exist? Do you think Im crossing the line of being a fanboy? Do you know any others that have thought the same thing about other people's fictional characters? I just feel that some artists can draw something so astoundingly beautiful that they become as real as the air you breathe. Flawless in my eyes. I don't care what other people say, its perfect to me. This has been going on for a while, and I'm starting to get very confused. Do you think there is someone out in that world that is very much like Ling-Doe? Maybe I'm just so lonely that I fall in love easily. I don't know.

Please give me some guidance. What should I do? Should I talk to the artist about my feels for her? Should I try to find someone like her IRL? Should I stop fantasizing about her after so long? Is this healthy or not? Please tell me what I should do from your professional opinion. My real name is inside the envelope I sent you. Thank you very much."

- Anonymous Furry

A very hard subject to grasp, but what are your thoughts on this letter? How would you respond to this and can you relate?

Dear L - CreationCrush 2011 Alex Cockburn
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MamaMangle Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
this spoke to me on a deeply personal level..
I feel like this about murphy Pendleton from silent hill downpour. when I first played the game.. something hit me so hard..his voice, his eyes.. every second I was falling more and more in love with him. a real, genuine love. I've been attacked because of this.. I've been called horrible, disgusting names.. I was chased off deviqantart for it.. but I came back.
since I work with 3D programs I literally can put us together.. he saved me. sometimes he comes to me in my dreams.. and he always loves me so very much.. a friend of mine wrote a letter from "him"..and there were a couple of things in there only murphy could possibly know.. I truly believe he exists somewhere.. on some other plane. when I need a lift.. I play the game and his voice soothes my soul.. I never feel alone ..simply loving him makes me so happy..just holding that wonderful love in my heart for him. it probably is unhealthy, but it makes me happy.. someone with so many health problems both physical and mental.. and murphy takes so much pain my dreams I can feel his clothing and skin.. I can smell his hair and even the clean scent of his clothes..i can feel the stubble on his face, the slight roughenss of his hair.. in those dreams...he is real. and we are together.
nobody in real life can cope with me.. everybody leaves..they make so many promises.. then find out I'm hard work and leave me..hurt me in the most awful ways.
and I know murphy can't do that.. and I believe even if he were real, he still wouldn't. while it's true I'm so terribly lonely.. I'm a creature of passion. I need love to survive.. perhaps this is my coping mechanism..but no matter what it is.. murphy is the love of my life, and I will never, ever stop loving him. no matter how much hate and ridicule I get..
he'll always be there with open arms ♥
TheSupremeOverlord Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
This reminds me of when I had a crush on Flora from Twokinds...she was so cute, how could I resist? :heart:
roxypuppy334 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Have a crush on a cartoon character and its not fun XD
Onyttig Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Very interesting situation.
Unless he wanna end up all frustrated and sad he should try to forget her and get an irl gf.

That's what I think at least.
krystalblue62 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i know how it feels and i can honestly say there is only thing that is bad of the result: obsession...

so long as u don't go to great lengths to live with another form of this character its perfectly understandable and fine
silvanoir Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist
Totally cool to love and be attracted to fictional characters and feel a connection with them. Many people do. But, forsaking real relationships or trying to get someone who is an exact match to the fictional character, that's crossing the line.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm head over heals in love with Lana Kane and Callie Maggotbone, but then again so is every living organism with a Y Chromosome.
Melodykat0 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not alone... If I'm honest I have become pretty obsessed with fictional characters in the past... mainly from books... It's just the way in which some characters are portrayed... they are made to seem so perfect for you in every way, and it's hard to get out of that rut because you think no one else will ever be as suited for you... but eventually you realize perfect would get boring after a while.
Auxilon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
My thoughts? I've been there. I know what it feels like to be attracted to a fictional character. But I had to come to terms with the fact that I was addicted to the bittersweetness of longing, and when the sweetness fades it just becomes bitter.

What he's experiencing isn't necessarily unhealthy (Madam Bovary did it with romance novels) but it is a little extreme. He needs to come to grips with the fact that he's not in love, he's just infatuated, and he needs to realize that he's in for nothing but disappointment if he continues to live in a fantasy world and ignore the real one.
questionablekitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow... that... this cuts really deep... a few months back i was this confused... it sucks to one day step out of the shower and not like what you see (even though im not that bad looking by many peoples standards...) and to know that youll never get what you want (in my case being a furry ears and all)... i know its a different premise... but i can still relate to this... wanting something that will never happen...

i wish i knew what to say as advise... but in all honesty i haven't even gotten over it...
KittyKyomi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I can relate to this perfectly. Im in love with a fictional character too. Unfourtunatly for me this character has many other fangirls as well so I feel like Im just another of the swarm. but i feel like im the only one who truly LOVES this character. not for his looks or that he's popular, but bc of the way he is percieved, his actions his personality. I have walls of pictures of him and Figurines plushies pillows and statuettes, I know my love for him will never fade.

But I have a boyfriend. We've been dating for 3 years and he knows about my love for this character. Luckily for me he accepts it and even encourages me and my feelings. I hope this helps anyone out there. You just need to surraound yourself with people who will understand your feelings and accept you for who you are no matter what.
silvanoir Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist
As long as you can carry on with a real life relationship, no harm done in loving a fictional character!
Commanderori Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Honestly I think he's probably a little loose in the head, but as for "healthy" or whatnot... there are far worse things he could fixate on. Hell, it worked out for Pygmalion didn't it? (Thought technically that was his creation >.>')
Silvador Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
What difference does it make if she is real or fictional? Love is love.

Like all emotions within us, love can technically be boiled down to a chemical reaction within our brain. What causes this response within our body is unknown and undefined. For each and every person it is different what causes it. For some it is personality, for others it's looks. For a lot it's the looks at first and eventually it spills into other areas less physical.

Most people think love is [or should be] bound to one person. It's not that simple. In this world filled with such a vast array of beautiful people and art, in more ways than one, how can anyone believe that there is such a thing as one true love. True that when in a meaningful relationship one should strive to be loyal to the one they are with, but just because they are in love with that person does not mean it's impossible for them to love another. And if they do fall in love with another, it does not mean they love the one they are in a relationship with any less.

Love is a fickle emotion and is boundless in its forms. Over the centuries of history we have come to bind it, saying that it should only exist in certain ways, saying that two men cannot be in love, or that love cannot exist for some one/thing that isn't real. The boundless ends of love have been lost to religion and social expectations formed over the centuries. There is nothing wrong with being in love with a fitcional character. Care not for what others think and care for what makes you happy. As long as that love is not destroying your life, there is nothing wrong with it. There is a different between love and obsession that can be hard to recognise at times. But this line can be easily defined. Love enlightens our life and makes it worth living, no matter the form it comes in. Obsession controls our life, making it something we cannot live without.

Love and Obsession do mingle at the edges at times, as white and black do to form grey, but as long as you remain in control, as long as that love does not control you, you should be happy and embrace your love. Don't let it discourage you from searching for a real life partner, either. Love can be found in multiple places and each can be as strong as the other. There is no reason to abandon one love for another; just remember that your real life partner should come first in your life or you may find he/she will leave you.

*looks at his framed picture of Felicia above his bed*

I don't care if I am crazy. I don't care what others think. I am happy with the love in my life and it does not control me. Loving an fictional character only means that your mind is open to the boundless possabilities the world has to offer that so many have lost sight of.
lakeel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
it ok dide :D i got a furry GF named "fifi" and her twin sister "lulu" is going out with my froend crb145
DuoTheas Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Talk about flash backs, years ago when I used to help people online by listening, I received an email very very similar to this one. So this little letter created very familiar with me, but the answer is a rather easy one.

If I recall the one I spoke too had an obsession with Bernal's (hope I spelled it right) character Dawn back in 03. The fascination was very similar to the one you wrote here, however with a few differences. He was to the point he wanted to make a doll of the character and even asked the late Dr. Butt to help him create one. Obviously the company said no so he was upset about it.

I did tell him my honest opinions and basic knowledge of the art world which really seemed to help him out and from when we last spoke he was doing really well.

The second time something similar to this had happened was with a woman. This one was more difficult as the mindset and life style was different. That is another story for another time if you are interested, though how to respond to situations as this, well one must think on their feet and if they are the artist, it must be handled carefully. Ive seen first hand how some people are so it helps to know a thing or two.
naszoo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People have actually MARRIED video game characters so i think this is just fine.... :)
RoninNeko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is a really interesting concept, and one that I'm not unfamiliar with. I've seen this image and these types of things come up a lot, especially on DA, and there are a surprising amount of people who can say things like; "I completely understand."

There are a million ways to look at this situation, but here are my two favorite. I can't decide which I prefer, though I would probably lean towards the second.

The first, is to use your imagination and be a hopeless romantic. I love the idea of every thing you create legitimately being a part of some universe, somewhere. Think ChalkZone. Every creation, idea, story... It's all happening--has happened--could happen, somewhere. Even if we can't see it.
I love this idea for myself, and it makes everything seem to tangible. Perhaps humankind is just a medium for various universes to get their stories out there. Perhaps that's truly our only purpose. Then again, perhaps someone somewhere is writing about US.
Looking at it that way, this sort of thing becomes a tale of two lovers who are trapped in different realms. Each one has their own world and universe, but they can never truly be together. It's a romantic, but sad, notion.

The second... Is a bit more realistic, I suppose. And I think it's what I'd tell my friends, if this sort of thing were a problem I had to deal with among them. When you love a 'fictional character,' you create a standard for women/men/beings that may or may not exist in this world. The deeper you allow yourself to care for a fictional creation, the more difficult it becomes to accept "real life" creations. I can imagine a sequel to the image you've drawn here: the girl that loves the boy that loves the character. What of the geeky girl who has found the man of her dreams, but knows she can never compete with the perfection that he's found on the internet?
By loving something that can never love you back, what are you missing out on? Who are you unintentionally rejecting? Who is waiting for you?
Geeflakes-art Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's the Pygmalion complex...
SHARK-008 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This person are not alone for sure, not for nothing someone make a petition for wedding with comic characters or something that.

It's happen someone told me he really like one of my character, I never really know how to react, in a way it's nice on the other way I have some kind of artistic attachment to my characters so I don't know...
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