Let me paint you all an interesting picture, in the form of an analogy for my feelings on... OCs.
Okay, imagine, if you would, candy shops. Candy shops in town always custom make every individual piece of candy. There's only one piece of candy like every piece of candy, with millions and billions of flavor combinations. Now, you and your friends love a particular candy shop, and one day, you and one of your friends go there. they have a huge assortment of different candies, but your friend is more eager and active than you. And unfortunately for you, they have the same tastes as you.
Every piece of candy you see that you like, they get to it before you, unware they keep snatching up every piece you want. Your friend has lots of their own unique pieces of candy that they trade on the spot for the pieces of candy they want (relationships), and those that they don't have candy to trade for, they just outright buy. But eventually your friend runs out of candy to trade, and money to pay, and by this point you still haven't gotten any candy, and there isn't any left for you now.
Suddenly, out of the back room, the candy maker comes out with their latest creation! It's an amazing flavor concept, and you and your friend stare in awe! You're friend wants it, but he doesn't have anything for it. He begs them to hold it for him, it's every flavor that is his favorite combined! But the candy maker shakes their head and seeing your plight, offers you the candy. You know your friend wants it, you see it in his sad eyes, you hear it in his heartbroken voice, but realizing what he did he reluctantly insists that you get the candy. So you trade your candy for it, you can't help it, you really like the sound of this candy too, and you really want at least one piece of candy! So even though it pains you, and your friend, you eat the candy. And it's some of the best candy you've had in a long time, maybe because it's been so long since you had even one piece of candy from this shop before!
Then the two of you have a very awkward and silent drive home.
Every time you return to the candy shop, your friends (multiple not just one) have already bought what was new while you were busy at work. Maybe you see one still there, but you see your friends fawning over it and already making offers, even if it's a variant of a type of candy they once had long ago (alternate universe). But seeing them all wanting it, you tell yourself no. You don't want to break anymore hearts. And the candy shop already told you a while ago that they had some new candy ideas they were working on just for you that they wanted you to be the one personally to get the chance to try.
In a surprise reversal of the situation, you fancy yourself a candy maker as well. You're not confident in your candy, but your friends seem to want to trade for some of it or even buy some of it! But then you get a situation where more than one wants the same piece of candy. They both make great offers for it, but you lean towards wanting to trade for one friends candy more than the other, but your scared your going to upset one of them. Maybe you offer them both some of the candy, but maybe they don't want to share. What are you supposed to do in that situation? How do you make everyone happy?
To clear your head, you go to a candy museum. Some people make candy to have it on display, or at the very least are very exclusive to who they'd be willing to sell it to or trade it with. And your not in that select group, you don't have the money t auction for that candy, you don't have the connections to work out trades with these strangers, so you just look. Window shop if you would.
That's when you see an amazing piece of candy! It's beautiful! You want it, but you can't have it! So determination overtakes you: If you can't have that piece of candy, you'll recreate it! But if you make it exactly the same, you'll get sue'd for copying the original creator's creation. So you try to alter the flavor, try to reshape it just enough. But is it enough? Will people call foul on you? Will you get away with it? You just really wanted to make a similar piece of candy, and maybe even share and/or trade it with your friends. But then, maybe you lose confidence in your ability to make such an amazing piece of candy that is only similar.
Sometimes we can be greedy for our candy. Sometimes we hurt our friends who don't get our candy who want it. Sometimes we try to recreate candy we love without getting in trouble for copying. In the end, you can't help but love candy, no matter how many hardships you go through to even get a taste of it or make it.
Candy, am I right?