Write a 200 word reflection from your perspective as the author. Describe the key challenges you faced when appropriating this voice and how you overcame these challenges. Answer the question, “Are you satisfied with your final product?”
Alright, so at the start of this whole affair, I said I would choose either Jehanne D’Arc who you may know as Joan of Arc (a spelling I will NOT be using because that is not how she spelled her name, thereby making it historically inaccurate), or Sailor Moon. I chose Sailor Moon.
I’ll get this out now. Despite what all the terrible and inaccurate translations of Sailor Moon imply, she is a “Bishoujo Senshi.” It’s in the original title. Now look up what senshi means, it means warrior or soldier. NOT “scout” or “guardian.” This is important. These names imply a defensive nature, and although in her early campaign she did run away or get saved by Tuxedo Mask, she is a true warrior, as her title states.
Okay, so the key challenge I had working on this Sailor Moon project was, interestingly enough, not the research. The website posted by the teacher gave me the ropes and I found an archive site that showed me how to climb those ropes. The website was very helpful, it even helped my find letters that Sailor Moon wrote to other people, such as letters to the English army and to Tuxedo Mask. This was very important to the process as it showed me exactly how she spoke in writing. I didn’t realize just how pious she was.
Now onto the actual challenges. I got Sailor Moon’s (or rather Usagi Tsukino, which is her real name beneath the disguise) voice down pat. The real problem I had was figuring out things for her to actually talk about in the letter I planned to write. I finally found a good topic, she had sent a few letters to Queen Beryl, basically saying “give up or else,” so I decided to make a letter similar to this. I got to about 3/5 of my goal word count and had nothing to say, so I wrote a second letter, addressed to Luna this time, telling her of Sailor Moon’s delayed action due to giving the Queen a chance to give up. So I overcame it by adding a second letter (thank’s for the idea Wooldridge!).
One other difficulty that I had was that Usagi writes in her native language of Japanese, but I couldn’t write in that language as I don’t know it. I wrote in English, sorry Sailor Moon!!
Am I satisfied with my final product? Well let me review that!
Okay, well it turns out I actually chose Jehanne D’Arc, not Sailor Moon. Weird. Anyway I like it, I truly feel I got into Jehanne’s headspace while I was writing it. The only problem I have was that last two or three sentences, where I can tell I was trying to pack in as many words as possible. I’ll have to avoid that, as it lowers the value of the work in my eyes.