A Media/TV Entry – Understanding Another’s Otaku

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.

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A Media Entry – Random Weekend, Holiday Edition

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.

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A Movie/TV Entry – Other Stories to Tell

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.

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A Media Entry – Random Thoughts of the Midweek: Out of the Random

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!

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A Writing Entry – For Your Information

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.

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A Media Entry – Synergistic Hegemony Integrating Extensive Licensed Domains

or, “What SHIELD really stands for.”
or, “Why the hell is Ghost Rider in Agents of SHIELD?”

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Storytelling Successes – I Heart Agent Carter, So, So Much

Having at long last concluded season 2 (and sadly it seems the final season) of the excellent Marvel’s Agent Carter, I maintain my conviction I would rather have seen this show continue than Agents of SHIELD (although I will give AoS one point of credit over the movies: there are tangible stakes to the characters). Yes, it is a prequel series, and there are a lot of inherent issues with prequel series. However, really the only two known quantities of “Agent Carter” are that Howard Stark lives long enough to settle down, get married, and produce Tony Stark, and that Agent Carter herself founds SHIELD and lives a very long, very kickass life. A guessed quantity is that Agent Carter’s brother Michael is not actually dead, and that’s because otherwise it would be really difficult for Sharon Carter to be Peggy’s great-niece. But overall, I think the show was a storytelling success.

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