Fandom PainsSo I'm over on Equestria Daily yesterday, and they've got this discussion going where the fans have to think up their own episode ideas. And while a few people are taking it seriously and exploring new possibilities of the characters' personalities and the show's universe, most people are just coming up with the most disturbing self-gratifying shit. And without the slightest trace of irony, either.
I was warned about the unsavory side of the fanbase when I started watching the show, but I figured "Oh, I can just ignore that, it's no big deal." But they're everywhere. People who draw creepy explicit fan art. Or write vicious hate-fics. Or rant endlessly about how Twilight having wings is somehow a travesty to all mankind. Or have disturbing unhealthy obsessions with side characters. It all feels like they're feeding into the brony stereotype, not because they genuinely like the show that much, but as if they're just trying to say "Look at me! I'm a grown man who likes
Fandom Pains, Cont'd.Allow me to clarify my point further. I don't mean to say "everyone has to write fanfiction the same way" or "don't draw this kind of fan art". People can write or draw whatever the hell they want, and I don't have to look at it if I don't want. But my main gripe is when the perverted vocal minority of a fanbase gets so loud and obnoxious that it overtakes the nice quiet people who just want to enjoy the show or movie or whatever. When the people who partake in the sleazier side of fandom take the spotlight and become the public's main perception of what all fans are like.Fandom Pains, Cont'd.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Not all MLP fans are demented furries with a fetish for clopfic; most of us just think it's a cute little show with a great cast of characters. Not all Wreck-It Ralph fans are insane Turbo defenders or squicky Jawbreaker shippers; most of us just find it to be a very entertaining and inspiring film. But when those obnoxious fans start acting out more, whether it's just because they want to make a point or because the
My Top 10 Most Influential Underwater Scenes: 10-6Ever since I started doing Off the Deep End, I suddenly seem to get asked one question more than any other: “What’s the deal with you and underwater scenes?” Well, I’ve always been endlessly fascinated by the contrast between land and water. If you think about it, water is like another dimension where everything is totally different to us, and we humans can’t breathe in it, stand up in it, or see clearly through it – yet it covers more than two-thirds of our home planet. I think it’s really interesting to see people try to carry on their everyday lives underwater, even though we have no business being there. I can see a lot of creative potential in that. Yes, it’s weird, but that weirdness is what draws me to it.My Top 10 Most Influential Underwater Scenes: 10-68 months ago in Personal More Like This
And where did this fascination come from? Well, thinking back to my childhood, of which I spent the vast majority glued to a TV screen, I’ve narrowed down ten of the most noteworthy scenes that flashed before my impressiona
The World Needs More MuppetsI just watched Muppets Most Wanted recently and it reminded me why I love these little fuzzy weirdos so much. While binge-watching Muppet videos on YouTube this week, I noticed a lot of comments from people saying “Bring back the Muppet Show!” or words to that effect. And that got me thinking. Y’know, a new Muppet television show could be a great idea! If you want to stick with the variety format of The Muppet Show, it’s a fairly easy set-up to maintain: comedy sketches, musical numbers, celebrity guests, and the Muppets being their usual Muppety selves. The recent Muppet movies have restored Kermit and the gang back to the forefront of the public consciousness; what better way to keep them there than by bringing them back to television, the medium they were created for in the first place?The World Needs More Muppets3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Well, there are some issues. Namely, the fact that Muppet Show revivals have been attempted twice before and fell flat on their faces both times. First was The Jim Henson Hour
I Love the '90s With a VengeanceDear VH1,I Love the '90s With a Vengeance5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hey, way to go! You finally put together an "I Love the..." series for the 2000s that not only came out after the decade was over, but also highlights stuff people actually remember! I knew you could pull it off. (Definitely could use more Hal Sparks, though. And Michael Ian Black. And Mo Rocca, and Rachel Harris, and Godfrey... But I digress.)
Anyway, now that you're doing new "I Love the..."s again, wouldn't you agree it's high time you finally got around to making one last "I Love the '90s" miniseries? Even with the first one and "I Love the '90s: Part Deux", there's still about 200 or so events from the decade worthy of good-natured ribbing left to cover. Hell, "I Love the '80s" got three series, so why not this one?
I'll even save you some time. I've comprised a list of topics for your cadre of all-but-unknown comedians to discuss for each episode. Rest assured that I have thoroughly checked and double-checked both previous "I Love the '90s" series to ensure that none of
Site Update: Staff Retreat, Holiday HQThis week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's for a good reason. Our Devious Technology team is at a staff retreat! During this retreat, they're discussing our features, conducting hackathons, and creating prototypes for new features.Site Update: Staff Retreat, Holiday HQ1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
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Farewell to a REAL heroYou know, sometimes I ask myself if this world is getting even more silly.Farewell to a REAL hero1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Probably some of you heard the recent news:
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former president of South Africa, has passed away this past December 5th, 2013.
A person who really deserves to be remembered for all his efforts in order to unify a big nation destroyed by racism. A person, whose efforts allowed him to get a big recognition such as a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. A person that somehow will leave a trace in this world.
OK, but believe it or not, this is not the reason of this journal. Of course, you know the other news about this "certain" guy who also died recently. Who else but the great Paul Walker, known for his great roles in the succesful saga "Fast and Furious". I still think it was tragedy, and may him rests in peace, but......wow, checking Facebook, Twitter and all other social media, it was ALL infested with NEWS about Walker's death. But if I check or ask some of my friend
SELLING YOUR SOULSELLING YOUR SOULSELLING YOUR SOUL1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Becoming an actor or someone famous seems fun and amazing, right?
Thousands of people know you and love you, and you have a big influence on the world.
"...Liberty and Justice for all.."
This.. is supposed to be a free country right? And not just the US… the whole world…
once you become famous… you are chained.
Those who do not understand why actors/(other now famous people) should be paid so much do not see reality.
They are basically selling their soul to the world.
Once you become famous, yes, you get many fans and seem to have a great wealthy lifestyle.
But you're all just another target.
Famous people are stalked. Paparazzi pursue their personal life and go past boundaries they shouldn't even get close to.
Crazy fans even pursue the families and practically harass them for information.
You need bodyguards to protect you, but even that is inflicting on your privacy because that way you can hardly find time to be alon