What with people losing their minds over the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” I thought maybe I should try to set aside some of my limited time to see what all the fuss was about (I have not read the books). So I finally got around to watching the first episode of this landmark HBO series based on an unfinished set of novels roughly the length of a geologic era. It was not what I expected. First episodes are so important because not only do they set the tone for a series, they have to grab the viewer and draw them in for the long haul. There are plenty of shows with underwhelming first episodes that still survive for seasons and seasons, but given all the hype around “Game of Thrones” I expected the first episode to knock my socks off. Perhaps I expected too much.
or, “Concerning Top Gear/The Grand Tour”
I’ve written before about how I would like to share my joy of certain media to other people even though I realize in general such media is not their taste. I wish to share my otaku, as it were, and even if I can’t get people to share it, I hope to at least get them to understand why I enjoy my otaku so much. And then I thought about whether or not this is feasible. People like what they like, right? So I decided to figure out if I could come up with an example in my own life in which someone else successfully got me to understand their otaku even if I didn’t adopt it. And when the show The Grand Tour debuted, I realized I had my example.
This is generally one of my favorite times of year, but it also gets me down. One of my co-workers has taken a part-time job working customer service at a big-box toy store. This is the first year he’s worked there and some of the stories he tells make me lose faith in humanity (not that I had much left). But anyway, it’s impractical to try to drown one’s sorrows in spiked eggnog for a month, so I present my favorite holiday media.
Usually reading Cracked.com makes me laugh. Sometimes it makes me cry. But when I read this article about several upcoming movies, and on the heels of the news of the Lion King “live-action” reboot, the writer inside me screamed in agony at the metaphorical crane jib. There are so many, many new stories to tell or even different stories to adapt, and most of the movies appear to variations on the same boring themes.
All I’m going to say considering this date and my geographic location is that I hate living in a swing state. But on to random pop culture (mostly comic book) musings!
or, “Thoughts on informed attributes and the closely related assumed attributes.”
“Informed attributes” is an example of telling instead of showing. Basically, a character/narrator in a story informs the audience about the attributes of another character. Sometimes this is a necessary evil to avoid paragraphs worth of exposition/description. Sometimes an informed attribute can even be useful. But when a writer does nothing but tell the audience about their characters instead of showing who those characters are through actions, that’s lazy.
or, “What SHIELD really stands for.”
or, “Why the hell is Ghost Rider in Agents of SHIELD?”