The Art (Or Non-Art) of CitybustingNot a tirade about nuclear weapons, before you ask.
Since I apparently live in a vacuum, I only just saw a trailer for the new GI Joe movie today, and only because it kept showing up when I was trying to read articles on Mass Effect wiki. I can't lie, it doesn't much appeal to me - it seems to be trying to be more 'realistic' then the last, when what I liked about the first one was that is was quite stupid and therefore amusing. So yeah, no Bruce Willis for me.
One thing that caught my eye, however, was a certain scene. Specifically, the destruction of London to some kind of improbable Earthquake missile thing.
Being the nationalist sod I am, my first reaction was to tut and shake my head and say 'those blasted colonials, why can't they blow up their own cities, what?' But then I started thinking. The original movie got some flak from the French for destroying the Eiffel Tower, an event which is basically used to wow the audience and introduce a plot element the characters and audience
How To Fan Fiction - A Guide - Fanfiction and YouHello, and welcome to How to Fan Fiction.How To Fan Fiction - A Guide - Fanfiction and You5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I suppose the immediate question that comes to mind is; why write a guide to fanfiction? Simple, really - I have an ego the size of Tejas and I want to dispense my quote-unquote 'wisdom' onto others. So, like a rambling old man, I have emerged from my doom bunker to sit on a reasonable comfortable computer chair and ramble aimlessly for a large portion of time.
Before I begin, I would like to thank all of the artists whose work we viciously pilfer to create our own bizarre stories. Without you, this world would be a much more boring place.
Without further ado, sit back, relax and enjoy my handy guide on writing fiction in other people's worlds. And really, why not do that? Ours is boring.
So why write fan fiction?
In the modern age of the internet and mass pop culture, fanfic has become a legitimate form of art . Whole communities have sprun
How To Fan Fiction - A Guide - PlanningHow To Fan Fiction - A Guide - Planning5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello, and welcome back to How to Fanfiction. Today were are going to cover one of the most vital stages of writing - planning.
"I don't know about you, Monty, but I've got a really good feeling about these ice-aircraft-carriers."
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that 'plans are worthless, but planning is essential.' What he meant by this was that any planned operation could be expected to go wrong when being executed, but as long as you plan for these eventualities, you'll be pretty fine. Ike was talking about the battlefield and politics, of course, but his maxim can easily be applied to everyday life - you can't predict every event of the day, but you can prepare for the eventuality that something will go wrong.
The first step to writing a story is to work out the narrative. You might have heard of this if you did English class in school. There are many different ways to describe narr
How to Fanfiction - A Guide - ShippingHow to Fanfiction - A Guide - Shipping5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello and welcome back to How to Fanfiction, where we're about to have one of the most uncomfortable talks you've had since you were twelve. That's right, we're going into Shipping.
No getting out of this.
What is shipping?
That is a very, very good question.
Shipping, as in 'relationship', refers to the age old practice of reading or watching something fictional and shouting 'JUST KISS ALREADY'. This is a tradition that goes back to pre-Greco-Roman times, but was named by the fandom for the X-Files - fans of the Mulder/Scully pairing were referred to as 'relationshippers', which eventually became 'shippers'. The name caught on.
As I said, shipping is almost as ancient as Prince Phillip - half of what we now know as Arthurian legend was created by Franco-English authors shoving together Lancelot and Guinevere, which might well make that the earliest known fanon ship. There is also the
How to Fanfiction - A Guide - CharactersHow to Fanfiction - A Guide - Characters5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello and welcome back to How to Fanfiction, a guide that cannot be used to change a car tire. Today, we're going to cover characters.
Your challenge for today is to write a coherent story starring all of these characters.
Characters can make or break a story. Good characters - the Sherlock Holmeses, the Luke Skywalkers and the Indiana Joneses - stick in the public consciousness. Meanwhile, the likes of Scrappy-Doo and Jar-Jar Binks have been deservingly consigned to the scrapheap of mockery and ridicule, right next to Coca Cola with Lemon.
A good balance of characters is key to a good story. This is why most stories do not have thirty-six main characters. You'll generally want to aim for between one and seven protagonists, and maybe between one and three major villains. There are always exceptions to this rule, however - don't be afraid to experiment. You could probably write a story with no
How to Fanfiction - A Guide - The PlotHow to Fanfiction - A Guide - The Plot5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello and welcome back to How to Fanfiction, which I promise has no subliminal messages. Today we're going to be covering the most important aspect of any story, the Plot.
The plot, seen in it's natural state.
Genres dictate the tone of your story. You should generally have an idea of what your genre or genres are going to be before you start writing. I'm going to go through the FFN genre system and tell you what they mean.
Adventure: The story is based around some kind of adventure. This'll generally involve traveling and going to unusual places. Example: Indiana Jones.
Angst: Generally sad stories about people being sad. There are more angst fics on FFN then there are stars in the Milky Way because Angsty Teens. Example: There aren't a lot of purely angst things in mainstream media, but maybe Torchwood: Children of Earth
Spongehammer 40kIt is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries The Emperor has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the Master of Mankind by the will of the gods, and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the Imperium for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day, so that he may never truly die.Spongehammer 40k3 years ago in Humor More Like This
Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in his name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever vigilant