Wow. So the Gilberts are over. Things are finished. And this is a long overdue ‘Author’s Commentary’ that I promised.
When I started out, I had absolutely no plan at all. Ambro’s generation was a complete surprise to me, and that was when I learned I had to start planning things out a bit.
Ria’s generation went basically to plan, though Matty was just a random sim I used, she was at the library, he was there, so I used him in the role that I needed him for. It could have been anyone.
Bennett’s generation went fairly to plan as well, though I had hoped for a few more murders to be honest. I was so new to the whole thing at the time, so I have nothing I could use other than what was already in the game. I didn’t know how to add anything new to my game except really basic CC like hair and clothing. Maybe now I could do Bennett’s generation better. I like to think so.
Nonny… oh, I loved Nonny, and right from the beginning I knew the song ‘Mine’ by Taylor Swift would be her theme song (well, hers and Harleys). I knew this from gen 2. It was because of that that I started out planning Bennett’s generation as him being a terrible father, though maybe that got a little out of hand. The other thing with Nonny was her relationship with her first boyfriend, Dave? I think that’s what I named him. Well, a few people didn’t like him, and found him emotionally abusive, and that was the plan. But originally I wasn’t going to stop at the emotional abuse, I was also going to involve sexual abuse, but in the end I couldn’t do it to Nonny. She’s been through enough in her life, and it was bad enough that he was trying to control her and stop her from having any friends. (Nonny’s story was largely influenced by my first relationship, also. Dave being my first boyfriend and Harley taking the place of my second. Though my father was nothing like Bennett. Maybe emotionally distant, but I’ll take that any day over Bennett)
Siobhan’s story went very much to plan, and I loved that it did. She was the last generation that went by the vampiracy rules. And, as much as I wanted her and Alexandre to stay together, it was inevitable that it was going to fall apart one day. They did love each other, but sometimes people just don’t fit well together. And I hated what I did to them. I hated making them lost their son.
Lilli’s story could have gone two ways. The way that it did, or a complete other direction, where she made up for her lonely childhood by having kids constantly. I went for the more angsty one. Of course I did. I felt terrible for her, but she is happy in a weird way. With ghost Fletcher and their ghost baby Antoine.
Now it comes to Aimee and Brigitte and boy did their story get messed up along the way. It was NOT how I planned it at all, and it’s all because Aimee decided she wanted to kiss Jessica and they were just too adorable to give up. Originally I had planned for Aimee (as well as being a singer) to get a bit ‘stupid’ about boys, and as an adult have an accidental pregnancy. Shortly after her baby was born, Aimee was going to disappear, and Brigitte was going to raise the baby, never have children of her own, and spend the rest of the generation looking for Aimee (without success. It was going to be a multi-generational story arc).
Once that changed I hastily changed my own plans. Aimee and Jessica were going to be adorable together, and Brigitte would meet someone. That someone was Martin, and they were cute, but I was going to be horrible. After Brigitte had one child with him and was pregnant with a second, I was going to move him away, say he’d been transferred, and move him out of the house. This all happened. What didn’t happen was that Martin was never going to make it to Bridgeport. He was never going to make it to the other end. Another disappearance. And Brigitte was going to spend the rest of the generation looking for him (basically, I swapped Aimee with Martin and changed things). Again, this didn’t happen. I couldn’t be that cruel, and in the end, Martin came back and he and Brigitte got married. Finally.
Eilidh’s generation went fairly much to plan, though originally she wasn’t going to get back with Aaron. I had her have one night stands, but I was going to have one of those be an accidental pregnancy (tbh, I think I need to come up with a new storyline), she was going to move back home, and then eventually meet someone knew. I can’t remember what changed my mind, but it may have been messing around in CAS and seeing how Nicholas and Eilidh’s children would turn out.
Aaron’s story went much to plan, though I had hoped to make things a bit more dramatic and maybe involve more sims but I haven’t quite learnt how to manage multiple sims in a story, and I couldn’t find any poses that would work with what I wanted.
Adalia’s story went perfectly, and I had planned from early on that the vampiracy would end with someone taking the cure before they had any vampire children.
But, imagine how different it would have been if I’d stuck with the original plan for Aimee or Brigitte. Or even the second one. When I first started the generation, even though I said there was ‘no’ heir, I still saw Aimee as the heir, and I think it’s funny that it was Brigitte’s daughter that continued the story.
The Gilberts was so much fun to write, and even now I miss them so much. In fact, I miss them so much that I’ve started using their twitter again (this time it’s Eilidh’s) because of MLCSC’s band, Night Crawlers. Nessa started a twitter for them, so I though Eilidh could follow them, especially since in my story Eilidh and Will were friends while Eilidh was in Bridgeport. And I am in fact planning on writing a short story on Eilidh and Will catching up shortly before Eilidh moves to Moonlight Falls, and I’m going to post it here.
I wasn’t a perfect writer with the Gilberts, but I do think they helped me improve as a writer. And maybe it’s a bit ridiculous to be so attached to pixel people, but I get attached to fictional characters, whether they’re mine or from something else I’m into, all the time. Aimee and Brigitte even inspired me to write a whole novel on them (though that is still in first draft, not quite finished, and somewhat terrible. One day I’ll look at it again). I wouldn’t be surprised if I expanded another of the Gilberts stories and wrote something for them, either, one day. Who knows.
But that’s all I have to say about the Gilberts right now. Thank you all of you so so much for reading it, and I hope you found what I had to say about my original plans interesting. It’s funny how things can change so drastically because of one thing a sim rolls a wish for.