by Dave Lerner
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Degrees Of Furryness
There are five degrees of Anthropomorphic, Funny Animal, or
Furry stories. These range from the most animal-like to the most
- The first is what we might call the TRUE ANIMAL
stories. In these, the animals act precisely as they do
in nature As as precisely as the needed for the story.
- Various Nature Documentaries
- Stories of a human with a pet, or a human who
tries to save (or kill) an animal
- The second is the SENTIENT ANIMAL type. These
creatures live as animals, but they usually can talk to
each other, and their motivations are not always pure
animal. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate
this from the first type.
- Watership Down
- Fred Basset
- The third type of Anthropomorphic story is the SENTIENT
ANIMAL IN HUMAN SOCIETY. This may be the most common
type of story.
- Bugs Bunny
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Mr. Fwuzzums
- Lissa (in cat form)
- Then there is the NEAR-HUMAN SOCIETY. These
creatures live in a world that is somewhat human-like,
but not completely human. There are numerous subtle (and
not-so-subtle) differences between this form of society
and the human world.
- Kevin And Kell
- And finally, there is the HUMAN WITH ANIMAL HEAD
that is so common. These characters are basically human.
They are just drawn anthropomorphically.
- Omaha The Cat Dancer
- The Sophistikats
No one style is any better or more "true furry" than
any other. It all depends on what the writer is trying to do.
That's my opinion. What's yours?
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