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Tue, Jan. 19th, 2010, 11:51 pm
LINE PIECE!

New year, new default userpic. Like it? Does it...turn you on? Don't answer that...

Well dearest readers, as you can see by the ad over there, I've finally whored out to LJ's advertising. And for what did I sell my integrity and self respect, you ask? (you know, the things I never had to begin with? Ha ha LJ, suckers!)

Why, a higher user pic limit of course!!!

I had a hard time finding any I liked. Either I'm looking in all the wrong places, or most people stopped making video game icon pics a long time ago. Some of them hint at projects I'll publish this year, god willing and the creek don't rise, and some of them are lies. Kinda like the engrish hints those bullshitting peasants give you in Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest. Have fun guessing.

I don't make new years resolutions. One should resolve oneself to new resolutions when the time is ripe, not on the arbitrary dictation of moldy tradition. January is a terrible time of the year to change one's life, for a large number of reasons. Also, the gyms are so damn crowded. Ugh. It so happens, though, that I find myself giving serious consideration to my lack of output this past year. I need desparately to pick up this slack that's strangling me. More on that later. Maybe.

As I discussed with Shadow Holds Sway, I'll try to get a preview of my WIPs up by Feb. or March. There's a ton of stuff I want to get done this year. If only I could figure out how to balance writing new material with rewriting and editing the old. I have a hard time doing more than one thing at once. Any advice, anecdotes, dear readers?

And I really should get around to addressing the Golden Hammer situation one of these years months days.

Before I post anything serious, I wanted to share some of my favorite stupid stuff I've found this last year. Behold!


This first item isn't stupid at all. It's the Protomen.

Here's the first song of their first album, which pretty well sums up the band's premise:


They are our hope. They are a Tennessee music band that reimages the classic Mega Man saga into a dark and dystopian vision transmitted via the glorious medium of rock opera. They are the reason I will probably never write Mega Man fan fiction. Because they have already raised the bar to a height I could never reach, and I have nothing left to say that would make the slightest difference. Maybe.

If their anguished human cries did not impress you in the first song above, try this track from their second album. It features a younger Dr. Light angsting over whether or not to turn on the machines. Dr. Wiley tells him to stop pussing out and seize the fate of all mankind already. There are a variety of music genres in each album, from Spaghetti Western soundtrack to rock to electionica.



Next up is a SSB Brawl machinima that I found highly enjoyable. Be sure to watch through the end of the credits.



This is a Mario Galaxy spec ad that didn't get bought, for shame. But man, it's so...so life afirming. And uplifting. And emotional. Nearly brings a tear to my eye. I'm serious. Watch it!



Here is a real treat. A live action mini-series, 10 episodes long, featuring all the Super Smash Brothers Brawl characters in a noir/HBO-style thriller. I cannot recommend this highly enough. And yes, it has yaoi. But watch even if you're not a fan of teh g@y. The first episode's a little slow, but it only gets better from there (the end of episode had me at "Greetings...Princess Peach.")

http://therewillbebrawl.com/episodes.php

PS: episode 10, the final, can only be found on the Escapist Magazine's site.

Edit: I almost forgot. Here's a Zelda 2 rap I like even though I shouldn't:


Finally, there is the Tetris God. This one needs no commentary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alw5hs0chj0


Peace!

Thu, Jan. 21st, 2010 08:58 am (UTC)
psychox

"the gyms are so damn crowded. Ugh."

That's so you can make more friends, Mild. Just don't get an infection.

I've seen that Mario Galaxy vid. It is pretty damn inspirational. It kicks the ass of that international FF13 trailer with Leona Lewis singing in the background.

I don't have time to watch There Will Be Brawl right now, but someone ought to let Pit know that his man-boob is hanging out of the toga, which is not how it's supposed to be in the game. Or was that--oh, wait, I get it now....

And, as always, hope things are going well. (Now stop wasting time online and get back to work!)

Sat, Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
mild_guy

I don't have time to watch There Will Be Brawl right now, but someone ought to let Pit know that his man-boob is hanging out of the toga, which is not how it's supposed to be in the game. Or was that--oh, wait, I get it now....

When you do get the time to see it, let me know what you think. I'm curious what you'll think about the character interpretations, the story, and everything else.

And, as always, hope things are going well. (Now stop wasting time online and get back to work!)

Still alive, but my birthday is coming up soon, and that's got me depressed as hell. A person my age shouldn't be living with Mum. Still working, got deadlines to meet, but I wanted to get my correspondence done before the weekend. This is going to be a busy one if I'm going to make that MGS/ contest deadline.

Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
psychox

"Next up is a SSB Brawl machinima that I found highly enjoyable. Be sure to watch through the end of the credits."

YES!!! Reversible Paunch ftw. Bottom-tier Falcon beats S-tier Meta Knight! My dreams have come true.

"Still alive, but my birthday is coming up soon, and that's got me depressed as hell. A person my age shouldn't be living with Mum."

Ah, well. I think financial considerations come first before pride, right? (Of course, I also come from a different cultural background, where that sort of thing is not...unusual, or even discouraged.) I mean, I moved out at 18 and pretty much proceeded to burn a lot of money by renting and going into credit debt. Had I had stayed home, maybe I could afford a house right now.

But then again, the price for that is dealing with family on a daily basis.

I know Americans can be very attached to the idea of independence at legal age. But to be honest, in these times, I hear more and more about people moving in with family. If you're gaining something (saving money or whatever) that's progress.

Anyway. That's it for pep talk. Happy birthday. Good luck with the MGS contest.

Sun, Jan. 31st, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
mild_guy

Bottom-tier Falcon beats S-tier Meta Knight!

I'm curious (stupid nerd question alert!). Considering the Brawl cast's capacity to do harm in "real time" and not game mechanics, how do you think Falcon would place in a battle to the death? For me, I'd say god tier, or close to it. Hard to out-kill Samus... Then again, blood baths are rathing unpredictable in nature.

Sorry. (Yanks hard on nerdism leash).

Of course, I also come from a different cultural background, where that sort of thing is not...unusual, or even discouraged

Yes, that's true for much of the world, throughout much of human history. Still embarassing as all hell.

That's it for pep talk.
Thanks.

Good luck with the MGS contest.
Aaarrggghhhhkkrrauugbble!

Neil Gaimen's daughter once asked for a short story for her birthday. She got it. Three years later, on a day that wasn't her birthday. Good to know I'm not the only one having deadline issues.

Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
psychox

"Considering the Brawl cast's capacity to do harm in "real time" and not game mechanics, how do you think Falcon would place in a battle to the death?"

According to the anime, his Paunch tears a hole in the space time continuum and is visible from outside the galaxy. That's, like, I dunno, Samus tier?

If we're going strictly on game canon, I guess I'd put him in just under Snake. He'd place above things that don't have guns.

Or maybe over Snake. It's hard to say. I mean, he paunches. With fire. In the form of a falcon. Snake uses technology. He sneaks around. I guess if they had access to the same tech, or if it was an all out brawl in a ring with no places to hide, Falcon out-classes Snake, even though Snake is/was military and Falcon was civilian police before he became a bounty hunter (if I can remember that far back correctly).

And Samus can annihilate entire species. So.

Zero-Suit may rank differently though. Samus is hard because of the whole "alien" enhancement thing. If she can survive inhospitable planets, I guess she'd be hard to kill. But is this a challenge to out-kill your opponent or to stay alive the longest? Like Battle Royale? Now I'm getting ideas....

Ideas I shouldn't be getting because I need to stay focused on the current plan, damn it.

"Neil Gaimen's daughter once asked for a short story for her birthday. She got it. Three years later, on a day that wasn't her birthday."

I once promised someone a story as a gift. I tried. I really did. But it didn't happen. I learned from that mistake. (Or did I?)

Sun, Feb. 14th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
mild_guy

According to the anime, his Paunch tears a hole in the space time continuum and is visible from outside the galaxy. That's, like, I dunno, Samus tier?

If we're going strictly on game canon, I guess I'd put him in just under Snake. He'd place above things that don't have guns.

Or maybe over Snake. It's hard to say. I mean, he paunches. With fire. In the form of a falcon. Snake uses technology. He sneaks around. I guess if they had access to the same tech, or if it was an all out brawl in a ring with no places to hide, Falcon out-classes Snake, even though Snake is/was military and Falcon was civilian police before he became a bounty hunter (if I can remember that far back correctly).

And Samus can annihilate entire species. So.


You and I are of the same mind here, mostly. With Falcon, what you gotta keep in mind is, are the Galaxy police really policemen, or just soldiers under a different name? Give that Samus was also a cop at some point in the distant past, that would seem to indicate a job of a more...martial nature.

Like Battle Royale? Now I'm getting ideas....

You're not kidding. A Battle Royale fan, huh? God, with the Brawl cast, and bringing in additional cast from their games and non playable characters, that could really work.

Ideas I shouldn't be getting because I need to stay focused on the current plan, damn it.

Mwahahahahahaha! *Cracks whip*

I once promised someone a story as a gift. I tried. I really did. But it didn't happen. I learned from that mistake. (Or did I?)

Forgot if I mentioned this, but I still wanted to write your Kirby/Meta Knight fic. I just can't figure out an angle for it though. It's a tough one.

Tue, Feb. 16th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
psychox

"are the Galaxy police really policemen, or just soldiers under a different name?"

Good point. I actually don't know.

"A Battle Royale fan, huh? God, with the Brawl cast, and bringing in additional cast from their games and non playable characters, that could really work."

NO. Don't encourage me.

Furthermore, how to incorporate all those "cute" characters? It would have to be non-lethal (yet brutal) competition and elimination.

Okay, okay, I did once entertain the BR setup before. It got nasty.

"I still wanted to write your Kirby/Meta Knight fic. I just can't figure out an angle for it though."

It's okay. Ditch the idea and work on your own stuff. I forgot I made that request until you brought it up. I think I just wanted to see you do something with non-humanoid characters. (And poking fun of your darkfic tendencies with ridiculous cute.)

Tue, Feb. 16th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
psychox: brain 'sploded

In other news, I just finished all of "There Will Be Brawl" right now.

Hang on while I pick up the shattered fragments of my skull and put them back together.

That was kind of trippy. I feel like SSB fanfic-dom just exploded all over my face.

I think I get most of the movie references, but there were some that went over my head due to me living in a cave. Maybe it got a bit too heavy with the Hannibal stuff. And we were supposed to know those were Sakurai's legs?

+rep to the whole team though for...Jigglypuff (you know what I'm talking about). I lol'd a bit too hard.

And maybe people need to start carrying 1-Up mushrooms more often around the Mushroom Kingdom.

How did Game & Watch...nevermind.

I think I died and came back to life when Falcon showed up. And that's about the only time you'll ever catch me saying that yaoi involving Pit is at all appealing ("Captain!").

And: "Hey! That's my bike!"

And Samus.

And Snake in box. And Luigi as the 2nd player hero. And Sonic. And...everything.

Plus random Ike/Marth for extra homo.

All elements combined is almost too much. I think I've been in SSB fandom a bit too long, and I think I "get it" a bit too much.

Anyway. Now I go back to gluing my skull together.

Sat, Feb. 27th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
mild_guy: Re: brain 'sploded

Oh god, I hope I didn't just ruin SSB fandom for you.

First thought after watching the first 3 episodes straight: Nice. Wish I'd written it first.

In fact, they used a few plot points and character interpritations I've considered in the past.

I know you just finished scooping you brains back into your newly ducktaped skull, but I have to pick your brain some more on this.

That was kind of trippy. I feel like SSB fanfic-dom just exploded all over my face.

Likewise. It was almost like a waking dream. "Is this for real?" They even had a phantos!

I think I get most of the movie references, but there were some that went over my head due to me living in a cave. Maybe it got a bit too heavy with the Hannibal stuff. And we were supposed to know those were Sakurai's legs?

Yes, Sakurai's. And then he was going to eat Miyamoto(sp?). A Silence of the Lambs rip off where Hannible calls from like Cuba, stalking his former psychologist. Probably the one scene in the whole series that I found questionably distasteful.

And wasn't Lil' Mac awsome (too awesome to die)?

And what do you think of Samus? I thought they were commenting on how Nintendo's made her more fanservice-y of late, at least in some fan's eyes.

Luigi being the protagonist was the right move, I think. When this starts out, I thought it was going to be all the same tired cliches we've seen from grimdark Mario revisionings before. Powerups as adictive narcotics, Luigi resenting his most famous brother, Peach being a skank.

But it seemed they used those cliches to ease you into the wild premise, to help lubricate the suspension of disbelief. Then they threw the cliches away or minimized them. Luigi doesn't envy his brother at all, and feels torn about seeing Peach behind his back. (I noticed Mario didn't morn for long. He was trying to hook up with Pauline and then in the last episode he was eyeing that one woman, can't remember who she is.)

Oh god, did you like what they did with Olimar? And Sandbag!?!?

And how about Ganon? Definately an improvement. Naturally the fan girls ate him up, and the guys probably did too.

I nearly lost it when Falcon paunched Saki and Isaac out of existence.

Kirby. You see how a cute Kirby/Meta Knight was hard to write now? He was a paper mache puppet, yet when that cell went dark and then there he was, outside the bars, mouth sliding open right at Luigi's feet, man, gave me chills.

Also I think this series did a good job of modeling one of the key difficulties of any fanfic/adaptation. Some characters are in character, some characters are revisioned in a brilliant way that makes sense growing from the original. And then some are just plain, lazy ol' OoC. Mostly for the plot's sake. It makes me wonder if a fanfic/adaptation with a large cast is possbile without falling into this "mistake."

Think about Shadow Holds Sway's Angel in comparison.

Mon, Mar. 1st, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
psychox: Re: brain 'sploded

"Probably the one scene in the whole series that I found questionably distasteful."

Well, yeah. Silence of the Lambs (even in parody form) gets kind of dark and heavy.

"And wasn't Lil' Mac awsome (too awesome to die)?"

YES.

"And what do you think of Samus? I thought they were commenting on how Nintendo's made her more fanservice-y of late, at least in some fan's eyes."

Yeah, that's definitely it. I mean, she strips. And the audience was a pretty spot-on imitation of fanboys after Zero Suit was revealed for Brawl.

Her characterization is similar to how I would have done it years ago, when I first started writing for fandom. I've since re-thought my approach. The way TWBB did it was very appealing though. I don't think Aran is that well socialized, is all.

Olimar and Sandbag kind of reminded me of some 80's horror films. In a time when puppets were pretty damn scary. Like I said, mind trip. But also campy and non-serious.

There's nothing I could have done to improve on Ganon.

"I nearly lost it when Falcon paunched Saki and Isaac out of existence."

I think I nearly lost it whenever Falcon was on screen.

"You see how a cute Kirby/Meta Knight was hard to write now? He was a paper mache puppet, yet when that cell went dark and then there he was, outside the bars, mouth sliding open right at Luigi's feet, man, gave me chills."

I'm telling you, man. Puppets. Are scary.

I took the whole thing as a parody on fandom. There was no way I could not. I think when we try to write stories based off of these characters, "the crazy" is ultimately in effect. SSB is a free-for-all of elements that cross multiple genres. Even combining two characters into one story often crosses two different paradigms. Is this a science fiction story, or a detective story? Is this fantasy or action? It just ends up really really weird.

And good. But weird.

It's like they took a collective daydream and gave it physical form and fed it back to us. Fanfic is derivative by nature. Unlike its original counterpart, it celebrates its derivative-ness. So it's appropriate that TWBB would draw from other story-lines in popular media, and then, without subtlety, throw it out there are part of the punchline.

"Think about Shadow Holds Sway's Angel in comparison."

I haven't followed up on Shadow's story. I think most of the characters in Angel are presented in an unorthodox fashion, IIRC. There's a lot of OoC-ness in that one, though I wouldn't call it the "lazy" variety. It just seems that Pit is the central character, and the rest of the cast fills in specific roles that suit the story.

"It makes me wonder if a fanfic/adaptation with a large cast is possbile without falling into this 'mistake.'"

Well, I think you just hit on a good point, and you made me realize something. The biggest problem with SSB is the large number of characters and the wide variety of genres their backstories involve. When you write a story, you have to choose one or two genres, one or two moods. I don't think it's actually possible to include everyone in one story and have them all be represented correctly. I think SSE is a good example of what happens when you try. There will be hits and there will be misses. TWBB at least doesn't take itself too seriously.

(Wait, did they leave out Tabuu?)

Sun, Mar. 14th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
mild_guy: Re: brain 'sploded

Well, yeah. Silence of the Lambs (even in parody form) gets kind of dark and heavy.

Much of it is dark and heavy. What I meant was, I dunno, I guess having Kirby eat respected and beloved real life game developers... I dunno.

Yeah, that's definitely it. I mean, she strips. And the audience was a pretty spot-on imitation of fanboys after Zero Suit was revealed for Brawl.

Yep. Plus, she did strip a little in the old games if one played well enough, but she's exposed a lot more in recent years. And I think there is a sizeable portion (or at least a noisy one) of the Metroid fandom that resents this.

Her characterization is similar to how I would have done it years ago, when I first started writing for fandom. I've since re-thought my approach. The way TWBB did it was very appealing though. I don't think Aran is that well socialized, is all.

Really? Fascinating. Samus is, or was, come Other M, pretty wide open for interpretation like most other Nintendo characters. I think they did a good job with her, other than she fought very little. She looked like she was going to pair up with Barbara, but then at the end she's warming up to Luigi.

My vision of Samus was a combination of my own perspective of her as a hard bitten action hero, and of some of the early Metroid fic I read of her, Insomniacbychoice specifically.

I know some fans resent her being shown as robotic or "manly." They think we cast her that way for the purpose of fap fodder, or because we're doing the whole "real women don't wear dresses" thing as TV Tropes calls it.

IMO, Samus is an unusual woman because she's an unusual human being! Having been raised by a race of cosmic space bird scientist sorcerers into a walking embodiment of vengeance, an engine of death powered by the bottled fury of a thousand exploding stars will do that to anyone.

Olimar and Sandbag kind of reminded me of some 80's horror films. In a time when puppets were pretty damn scary. Like I said, mind trip. But also campy and non-serious.

Those were great scenes! The guy playing Luigi really sold it too. The way he was drawn into the Bag's pitiless black eyes...

There's nothing I could have done to improve on Ganon.

Ganon needs more canon character development, Nintendo. Do IT! NAO!

I think I nearly lost it whenever Falcon was on screen.

"Why don't you come back sometime and... show me your moves?" You knew the line was coming, but that didn't make it any less awesome.

I took the whole thing as a parody on fandom. There was no way I could not. I think when we try to write stories based off of these characters, "the crazy" is ultimately in effect. SSB is a free-for-all of elements that cross multiple genres. Even combining two characters into one story often crosses two different paradigms. Is this a science fiction story, or a detective story? Is this fantasy or action? It just ends up really really weird.

And good. But weird.


True. You don't see that level of genre bending/blending often in publish fiction, not to that degree. And that also explains why settling on a tone for a SSB fic can be so tricky.

It's like they took a collective daydream and gave it physical form and fed it back to us. Fanfic is derivative by nature. Unlike its original counterpart, it celebrates its derivative-ness. So it's appropriate that TWBB would draw from other story-lines in popular media, and then, without subtlety, throw it out there are part of the punchline.

It does seem dreamlike. Sometimes I wonder if I imagined the whole thing, it's that hard to believe the whole thing exists. And they really did have to do this, because SSBB and the source games have rather simple, similar plots.

Sun, Mar. 14th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
psychox: Re: brain 'sploded

"I know some fans resent her being shown as robotic or "manly." They think we cast her that way for the purpose of fap fodder, or because we're doing the whole "real women don't wear dresses" thing as TV Tropes calls it.

IMO, Samus is an unusual woman because she's an unusual human being! Having been raised by a race of cosmic space bird scientist sorcerers into a walking embodiment of vengeance, an engine of death powered by the bottled fury of a thousand exploding stars will do that to anyone."


I agree that she is an unusual human being. This really belongs to a longer meditation on my difficulties in writing Samus and Samus/Zelda, but what helps me is not thinking about gender too much while writing. (And "not thinking" about it really means thinking about it intently.) It's like a natural impulse, since she's an action hero, to compare her to male and female characters of the same genre and to meditate long and hard about gender. However....

In the canon, she grew up with foster parents of a different species, and to them she was the only one of her kind. It'd be like being Eve without Adam. I don't think there'd be any rules about gender in that regard, nothing about dresses or trousers. She'd still have old memories of her childhood, but what she remains, in the end, is a bridge between two cultures alien to each other. That goes way beyond male-female (human) gender roles.

When members of her own species look at her, they'll try to see her as woman, but that would be a false picture. It'd be like people looking at other animals and trying to figure out which ones are male or female, only to realize that they're looking at clownfish that can switch gender depending on circumstances.

I think people, in general, may have problems conceptualizing a female as a prototypical human. To the Chozo, she would have been a prototypical human. In light of that, I'm not sure I can call her a "woman" in the traditional sense.

Wed, Apr. 14th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
mild_guy: Re: brain 'sploded

True, Samus doesn't reject (at least at first) some of the more traditional female gender roles because she wants to be more like a man or she doesn't prefer them. She's never had to make any such choice, or know that any such choice existed, the way it did (does) for us. But that makes me wonder, what does it mean to be a prototypical human, as you call it?

And what did the Chozo in turn press on her? Did they try to, out of some kind of compassion or pity, raise her in a way they felt typical human parents might have? I doubt it, or if they tried, they probably failed. And what's with giving her a battle suit and all the combat training? I've only seen a few brief snipits of the manga, so I don't know how good the explanation is there.

Thu, Apr. 15th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
psychox: Re: brain 'sploded

But that makes me wonder, what does it mean to be a prototypical human, as you call it?

There's a sociological take on "prototypical." But the biological explanation is simpler: the most basic form. The male sex in humans is an alteration of the female "prototype." In the womb, we all begin as female, until androgens kick in, in those with the Y chromosome, that changes into the female child into a male.

But that has nothing to do with anything. Sources say that the developers made her a woman on a whim (http://metroid.wikia.com/wiki/Samus). And then I guess the alien origins help explain why she is good at what she does (like Superman's alien origins explaining his superpowers). She had to have combat training for the purposes of the game. I guess any explanation you can come up with as to the why would be as good as anyone else's.

Sun, Apr. 18th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
mild_guy: Re: brain 'sploded

Sources say that the developers made her a woman on a whim

I get the notion sometimes that most canon defining/career changing/genre defining creative choices are made this way. Based off a last minute change, an offthewall suggestion by an editor, executive meddling forcing an artist to choose a "dumbed down" third option. Etc.

Wed, Apr. 14th, 2010 07:40 am (UTC)
mild_guy: Re: brain 'sploded

my difficulties in writing Samus and Samus/Zelda

Just have her spit a lot and spout lines from Duke Nukem and Ahnold action movies. NO ONE WILL NOTICE ANYTHING AMISS. That's the Mild Guy way.

Kidding, but I can't wait to see how you handle this.

Sun, Mar. 14th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
mild_guy: Re: brain 'sploded

Well, I think you just hit on a good point, and you made me realize something. The biggest problem with SSB is the large number of characters and the wide variety of genres their backstories involve. When you write a story, you have to choose one or two genres, one or two moods. I don't think it's actually possible to include everyone in one story and have them all be represented correctly. I think SSE is a good example of what happens when you try. There will be hits and there will be misses. TWBB at least doesn't take itself too seriously.

Could not have said it better myself. But I do think that the large number of genres and characters can be a strength as well. The challenge, as you said, is to find a way to take advantage of it outside of a crazy free for all like the SSE plot. Must characterization fidelity always be compromised so often in ensamble casts?

(Wait, did they leave out Tabuu?)

Yes. My guess is, they either dislike him like I do, or they figured having a "god" jump out at the end was poor writing. Which I also agree with, in most cases.

Speaking of which, what did you think of having OMG SPOILERZ Lucas and Ness be the butcher? Sure, their abilities fit to a tee. But I felt it was a hair's breath away from cheating. I mean come on, they showed them for like 4 seconds, in the background, in one episode. Whatever happened to hiding things in plain sight? Cripes, if that's all I have to do to hide the killer's identity in the story, I'll mention him off hand for one sentence, in a random middle chapter. So easy!

Sun, Mar. 14th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
psychox: Re: brain 'sploded

"Must characterization fidelity always be compromised so often in ensamble casts?"

Characterization in literature is not separate from the other elements, I don't think. It's worked into plot, setting and theme. So it's hard to get accurate characterization when you're combining characters from radically different genres in the same setting. More than likely, not all of those characters are suited to that setting.

"what did you think of having OMG SPOILERZ Lucas and Ness be the butcher?"

I liked it, but looking back it could have used more foreshadowing. Some movies do it that way, usually in a comedy. But I still would have liked to have seen some clues hinted at, however slightly.