I had an entry awhile ago about contrived situations writers will often use to create conflict in the story. I only listed four examples, and three were situations, and one was a character type (the drama llama). Inspired by a YouTube video, I got to thinking about other character types who exist only to create some kind of obstacle for the protagonist to overcome and hopefully don’t exist in real life. Unlike a trope, these characters exist solely to move the plot forward. Their motivations don’t make sense, their characterization is flat, and their appearance in the story is either lazy on the part of the writer or contrived, or sometimes both.
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?”