I agree 100% with shimo.shimobaatar wrote: ↑06 May 2019 18:07I know it can be hard not to get hung up on comments like that, but I don't think you have anything to worry about if just one person, or even just a few people, once said that they didn't find your mantis people relatable. Sure, this won't be true for everyone, but in my personal experience, I've encountered quite a few people who seem to have no problem relating to fictional races that don't look very human. It would be pretty hard for anyone to come up with something that has universal appeal, so my advice would be to not worry about it, although I know that's much easier said than done.
I have to say, fruityloops, that your Mantisfolk look a lot more relatable than many other alien peoples I've come across! Good case in point are Lorinda Taylor's Termite Folk. They are, quite essentially, big alien termites:
They have no physical human characteristics whatsoever. Yours have a bipedal stance, an insecto-humanoid body plan, they wear clothing, the clothing is tailored and patterned; their limbs and digits appear quite "human" and their overall shape is quite "relatable". Lorinda's Termites are, well, big bugs. They don't become relatable at all until you get to know their culture, and even then, they're big bugs! They do things that we don't really connect with, but as people, the Termites are still entirely relatable.
I shouldn't worry about what one "someone" told you. After all, aren't there now (at least!) two of us countering that perspective?