Is Tolerance Tolerant?Its possible, I hope at least, to have a discussion with point and counter point without the need to become enemies.
How many times has someone silenced you with a simple offhanded reiteration of 'That wasn't very tolerant'?
Strange how tolerance sometimes becomes the byword of intolerance: namely censoring opposing positions without any due consideration.
Now not everyone uses 'tolerance' in this way. We all grew up learning tolerance was a good thing and that people should be accepted just the way they are. Its a good thing, definitionally, that you seek to act in a moral and friendly fashion and encourage that behavior in others by calling their attention to speaking out in anger or being unjust to others.
'Everyone is entitled to their opinions' is taken at face value as undeniable fact, yes? Of course. We're all well bred people who wouldn't dream of imposing ourselves on others.
Or would we?
This 'tolerance' and 'equality of opinion' stops dead in the mind of many for people w
Solutions to Popular ClichesWe all know they exist, and they usually exist for a reason: to serve as the lynchpin of a plot that is either too lazy or the writer too unversed in films and stories to realize how stock they've made their production without intending to. Stereotypical plot turns, unrealistic but procedural character reactions, suspension of logic for the sake of following in well worn footsteps: none of this necessarily means the final product won't be entertaining, don't get me wrong. But what can't be denied is that cliches cheapen a product and make story lines feel less organic and more contrived.Solutions to Popular Cliches1 year ago in Personal More Like This
However in addition to pointing out a few of these classics and trying briefly to explain why they might be used, I'd also like to provide my suggestions for how to get around these road bumps in plot structure and accomplish what these placeholders are meant to, but perhaps accomplish it in a much more interesting way in service to the story, not detrimental to it.
Plot and story are not the same thin
On Dark AdaptationsKilling Dreams or Nurturing Them?On Dark Adaptations4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I've been accused in several instances now of ruining or killing childhoods through my proposed reimaginings of classic shows and franchises as well as my interest in 'darker' versions of the same. It's a concern that has dogged me for some time as I try to strike a balance between darkening and deepening a concept without destroying the fundamental enjoyment of it or making it morbid.
Here I'll try to describe my thoughts on the matter, why I make reimaginings the way I do, and why I feel I'm attempting to nurture dreams, not kill them.
This is not meant as an attack and I'll alter it if I learn otherwise, but this is my explanation for now.
1: My Stories are still Dreams
When I reimagine Sonic say or when I support wholeheartedly American McGee's reimagining of Alice in Wonderland this is because these tales are still essentially dreams. Regardless of how dark a story becomes it remains quintessentially a dream; a looking glass land to inspire the im
Common Myths About HistoryWhen I was growing up I learned the same well-known oft repeated facts about the history of my nation and the world as most people do. I didn't question what I read on the page or what I was told to believe from the front of the class and in all the television shows, movies, video games and modern novels the same ideas of what happened and why persisted.Common Myths About History3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But then I went to college. The same narrative continued oftentimes, but bizarrely my teachers started to disagree with the texts they were assigned. Their own experiences as professional historians led them to different conclusions then the popular perception would have it, and from that moment on I drew in my mind a disconnect between what the curriculum said was true and what actual recorded history revealed.
This disconnect grew stronger the more I began to read and research on my own.
I discovered to my amazement that those moments so fixated in the public consciousness, recreated in so many medias, and repeated by so many as unqu
Story Concept: ConclaveStory Concept: Conclave4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Story Concept: Conclave
Collectively it is called The Magnavox.
It is everything there is: galaxies, suns, planets, moons, the history and the past. From the times lost to history of lone wanderers and ancient magic, to the present of bold struggle against oppressive regimes, to the grim future of stalwart survivors against incredible odds. The threads of legend and destiny unite every warrior, soldier, humble hero, wizard and rebel who has ever lived.
This is one of a thousand tales, a thousand tales contained in its telling. For no life, good or ill, exists without affecting the paths of others.
These are the tales of The Conclave.
They came from the depths of the void.
In the years following humankind's discovery of The Chaos Emeralds, a source of unlimited power, the species experienced a scientific golden age in which is was discovered that the principal of the universe was energy, not physical laws. With no constraints to advancement they crafted a worldwide utopia of technology&
Female Roles or Sterotypes?For all its hoopla about racism and sexism, Hollywood is without exception the single biggest practitioner of both.Female Roles or Sterotypes?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Why are there not very many minority actors? Not because people don't want to see them, but because Hollywood won't hire them. Why are there so few woman directors or actors playing anything but pretty distractions and generic roles? Not because there's no public demand for better female characters, but because Hollywood sees no reason to spend the time writing any.
Female roles especially fall into one of two subgroups most often...
1: The superfluous, amiable damsel in distress there to look pretty and be rescued.
2: The grouchy, superior, businesslike, alpha-female archetype.
And these two can blend or even replace one another as time goes, but this seems to be the norm unfortunately in most major productions. Woman it seems can't play characters, can be PEOPLE they have to represent something, either a male or female power fantasy. Men sometimes have this
Sonic FF Wrap UpSonic FF Wrap Up4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sonic Freedom Fighters Wrap Up
There comes a day when Dr. Robotnik, having finally gathered enough Chaos Emeralds to power his generators, executes his master plan a stratagem he has statistically proven impossible to overcome. Stage one is to send several autonomously powered Doom Bots to hover over Knothole Camp firing newly designed Robotization ray weapons.
The attack is devastating, destroying the camp and forcing what Freedom Fighters can escape to flee deeper inland.
Sadly Bunnie Rabbot, Antoine Décolleté, and Kit the cub are among the victims to be Robotisized from the air; Bunnie and Antoine taken when both refused to leave the other's side after Antoine broke his ankle and Kit captured for going back to rescue both.
Sally's general Bruin loses his life in the follow up attack by human soldiers Robotnik has been training to do what his Swatbots cannot. His final action is to rush the line giving the others a chance to escape.
The Robotisized a
Alice 2: Part 1Alice 2: Part 17 years ago in Horror More Like This
Written by Dan Oles
Based on the video game by American Mcgee
In a frenzied instant, a cankered feline pounced on Alice while she was about
to be carried inside. Startled by the cat's yowl, the bearers lost their grip
and dropped the wretched girl to the ground. Most curious to behold, the cat
stood atop Alice as if claiming territorial right, or as if defending a rodent
captured in the day's hunt from other hungry predators. Only when an orderly
threatened it with a stick did the creature scamper into a nearby hedge. Even
then the cat crouched beneath the shrubbery. With eyes agape, it fixed on
Alice as if it had some vital interest in our proceedings.
It pays to heed the felinesomething Ive learned over the years.
From the papers of Nurse Madeline Sharpe: 21/10/73
Part 1: Pictures and Conversations
My little sister was trundled on a metal trolley into that dark and dingy place I hate with all my heart.
I wondered wh
Do You Want a Franchise, or a World?There's a difference between a franchise and a fictive universe.Do You Want a Franchise, or a World?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
When George Lucas dreamed up Star Wars, when Tolkien devised Lord of the Rings, when Roddenberry conjured Star Trek, and numerous other visionaries lay pen to paper or started the reel on a camera their initial thought was not 'I can probably make a lot of money off of this idea by selling merchandise.'
To clarify Lucas thought his strange throwback experiment movie would make so little money he bet Steven Spielberg a portion of the merchandising rights to his impending flop in favor of an investment in the clearly about to be more successful film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. As for Tolkien he barely intended to publish his private writings made principally to test out a language he had invented, and Roddenberry thought after his original Trek show was canceled following lackluster initial impact that that was the end of that.
To each of these people the world was crafted before the franchise because the fran
How To Keep SuspenseI don't know how many out there aren't sick of me discussing filmic ideas and criticism. If your one of those who isn't interested in what I have to say or doesn't want to read potentially judgmental musings then by all means read another journal.How To Keep Suspense3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll think none the less of you for it.
For everyone who stuck around, I hope at least my words are food for thought.
There will be spoilers for various shows...sort of. Actually given that this discussion will be about how predictability creates a lack of suspense, you probably could have guessed these 'spoilers' yourself without any help from me.
Why is it that a lot of modern shows seemingly go out of their way to ruin what I consider one of the most important aspects of storytelling, especially for film and television?
Suspense comes with uncertainty. It can be a breath held before or a joke or a thrill or a scare. It's atmosphere building to an unknown conclusion or something the audience knows that the characters do not leadin