I haven't created a page on the introductions subforum yet, and probably never will, so: hi. I'm Bob.
I'm posting because I have an idea for an SCP that I think doesn't quite work, and am looking for feedback about what needs to be added to or subtracted from the basic concept in order to make it work.
The basic idea is:
- It's a bonsai tree.
- Persons in close proximity to the tree have intrusive thoughts about things they can't control, which can be anything the subject believes is out of their control, whether or not it in fact actually is. (examples: the weather on a particular date, the response of a romantic interest of the subject's to being asked out on a date, election results, global warming, the possibility of SCP-682 getting loose and killing everyone in the facility, the eventual heat death of the universe)
- Some people react poorly to being forced to think about things they can't control all the time, and go, you know, kinda crazy.
- Other people (say, those in certain religious traditions which emphasize humility) aren't bothered at all.
The sandboxed version is here; I wish to emphasize that I am strongly aware that it's too long — a lot of the stuff in the sandbox is there because I was trying to work out its limitations and mode of action for myself. Most of that wouldn't be in the finished SCP, if in fact there ever is one. Also: it's a bonsai because the art of bonsai is all about controlling every little aspect of growth of a living creature; it seemed reasonable to me that a bonsai-grown plant would have a strong interest in the topics of helplessness, resignation, passivity, etc.
So it's a Thing What Makes You Crazy, except whether or not it makes you crazy depends a lot on your basic attitude toward your place in the universe, how badly you need to be in control of things, and how much time you spend reading/watching the news. My specific questions:
- Is it too much of a Thing What Makes You Crazy to be interesting?
- How about a Thing What is Just Fucking Lame?
- I strongly suspect it's not scary enough. True? What scary qualities would naturally follow from this sort of object?