Writers and publishers are allowed to hate, but only an editor can truly despise.
A variant on an old jokeI got up this morning, and I wrote a song in my pajamas.
How a song got in my pajamas, I will never know.
IS REY FROM STAR WARS VII A MARY-SUE?IS REY FROM STAR WARS VII A MARY-SUE?
My immediate reaction is no. No, Rey is not a Mary-Sue. Because a Mary-Sue wraps the story around herself, until the entire story is about her. That does not happen in Episode VII: she certainly is relevant to the plot, but that’s because she’s the protagonist!
But I can see where these folks have a point: there are things about Rey that grate a bit, how she knows how to do so many things in the movie. I would say that she is on the border. But let’s put her to the test:
Putting rey to my Mary-Sue test 2.0:
She is several times shown to have great skill at several things, particularly, piloting and repairing spaceships. She also is shown to be able to understand droid languages that most people need a translator droid for
Different people desire her for different reasons: Discount Vader wants her for the map to Luke, Whatsisname the ex-Stormtrooper is attracted to her, Han Solo sees h
Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu Test, Version 2.0My first test (and every test that I have seen, actually) work by counting up character features and counting up the ‘score.’ In the context of the great variety of stories and settings, this is not a very accurate measure. In this test, I will try something different, in hopes of producing a more accurate test.
The point of this test is to help people to look at their characters, and understand if there is a problem, something that needs to be worked on, not to make anyone feel bad about their characters. So no putting other people's characters through the test and then going 'ha-ha! Your character's a Mary-Sue!'
What makes a Sue a Sue(or a Stu a Stu) is that they are MORE than any other character: more beautiful, they get more attention, they are more skilled, more strong, etc.
So, is the character. . .
(if the character is more skilled in multiple areas, each of which has bearing on the plot, add an extr
Quote of the Day, Series 4: 85Heaven and Hell seem to me mere abstractions, what matters is this world, and what we do in it.
18 Questions Asked by AtheistTop 18 Questions Asked by Atheists
-- These are taken from my own personal experience discussing with atheists. You can find them also in my "How I Know God Exists" journal, but I thought I'd spread them to the public more. Hopefully both atheists and Christians will read these and learn more.
--Note that I try to keep these concise and to the point. I could probably write a small book on each individual one, haha. But for space and time's sake, I won't. That's why I've also supplied plenty of links for you to learn more. If you think I don't fully answer something, read the links I give you. If you have more questions concerning something, read the links I give you. Anyone who comes to me asking about something that the links could have answered will be ignored.
1. Why would God allow evil?
Two words: free will.
We have free will to commit evil, and free will to choose not to.
Evil is the absence of God. The same way cold is the absence of heat, and darkness is the abs
The Concept of Pailing and Troll AnatomyThe Concept of Pailing, Troll Anatomy, and Troll Developement.
The trolls reproductive cycle is truly a concept shrouded in mystery. The reproductive organs used still a secret on canon terms to many of us avid fans. Plenty of headcanons have been created to atone for this absence in knowledge. Many popular ones tend to resurface again and again. My own ideals on the anatomy of trolls are fairly similar to some of these widely known headcanons.
Most likely, the best method to describe anatomy would be to start with the actual method of reproduction itself. Filling buckets. The need for concupiscent partners is actual far more urgent on Alternia, and is more likely to be a stress filled action with the amount of weight such an action holds for trolls. It is far more complex a thing than your usual instincts for reproduction. When the Imperial Drones appear at a hive door, you had better be able to fill the Filial Pails with genetic material or face an immediate dea
The Issues With Modern Day Political Correctness“The avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against” (Google). That is the definition of political correctness. Though this definition displays this particular phrase in a relatively negative light, the ideological movement under the guise of it continues to grow at an exponentially fast rate. Relying on most definitions to confirm this, it can be concluded that this expression is tied to the more liberal, or “left leaning” side of the political spectrum. For most news and media outlets, celebrities, and popular culture icons this is a phrase that has no harm whatsoever, and it is even praised by these groups more often than not. Truly, this generation has been hard pressed by nearly every news outlet and piece of media absorbed by young minds today. It can be argued that this movement is positive for
Defense of Modern SonicDefense of Modern Sonic, Sega, and Sonic Team
A while back, when looking for Sonic art, I came across a now popular piece of Classic-Sonic fanart. The picture itself was very well done. The glow looked realistic, and the colors on Sonic, Tails, and the environment really matched the bright yellow glow of the sunlight. As someone who has played the Sonic games since late-1991 to early-1992, Classic Sonic brings back memories and nostalgia when Sonic was at its peak in popularity.
Unfortunately, that pic is not in my favorites and very likely will never be placed there. The sole reason is the rant in the Artist's Comments section, which, to me, features nothing more than pointless bashing of Modern Sonic, Sega, and Sonic Team. Bashing that I felt REALLY spoiled the beauty of the pic.
Sadly, I continue to see all this bashing, disrespect, and nitpicking of (many) Modern Sonic games and ideas. It's not just here on DeviantArt, but in other sites like Fanfiction.
Tips For Editing Poetry
***Tips For the Novice (and otherwise) - Editing***
The blanket statement, "Editing/revision harms poetry," is simply wrong. It's akin to a photographer claiming that focusing the lens ruins the emotion of the photograph. It is the details, and the appropriate attention paid to them, that separate a photograph from a snapshot. Imagine a film maker slapping every frame he shot up on the screen without editing for continuity, for pacing, for effect. What a disaster. That is not to say that editing can't be destructive - there is such a thing as poor editing, just as there is poor writing. But done correctly, done well, it is one of the most important tools in the poet's shed.
Never shy away from editing/revision. Some young writers feel that to revise is to kill the spirit of the poem. This notion serves to sacrifice the potential of a poem for an ideal that
10 Facts That Disprove Evolution1. We share half our DNA with bananas.
2. The fossil record has holes in it. Dinosaur and humans footprints were found side-by-side in Arizona and Turkmenistan. In Uzbekistan, 86 consecutive hoof prints of horses were found in rocks dating back to the dinosaurs. Petrified trees in Arizona's petrified forest have fossilized nests of bees and cocoons of wasps. Those forests are reputedly 220 million years old, while bees (and flowering plants which bees require) supposedly evolved almost 100 million years later.
3. No macro variations (speciation) in evolution have ever been observed. Micro evolution is species adaptations, and it's not the same as macro. Adjusting to the climate is very, very different than changing from species to another.
4. Humans have the most neurons in their brains but primates don't have even close to that amount. They aren't even in the top ten.
5. Radiometric dating does not take into account the way heat and water affect the aging of bones (it makes them appea
Why HinataHaters Hate HinataContrary to popular belief HinataHaters don't blindly hate, we do have reasons for not liking the character Hinata Hyuuga
I'm sure we don't personally agree with all of them but here is the list.
She's boring: It's called an "opinion". There isn't much you can do to "correct" it.
She has little / no personality
Her stuttering. It use to be cute but now its just a time consuming annoyance
She comes from a great clan and is still useless.
It's rather difficult to not bring up NaruHina while talking about her.
Pick a character, any character. Now bash them. Bonus points if it's Sakura. Now suddenly Hinata looks so much better.
We must have missed the memo from Kishimoto about her being an important character. According to an interview, even the author himself seems confused.
she is the stupid, sexist "ideal" female. A submissive woman who follows her beloved around like
Murdering Mary SueMurdering Mary Sue
Every aspiring writer has met her at least once, whether in his own works or in those of others. The alluring temptation of a perfect character taunts the author from one side while his muse urges him to keep writing from the other. Who wouldn't love her? She's the most beautiful, talented, fantastic woman in the universe, with not a flaw in sight. Every woman wants to be her; every man wants to marry her, so why would anyone want to kill her? Who would want to murder Mary Sue?
I would. I and many greater authors have been working hard to keep this succubus in her proper place: the trash can. Mary Sue is one of the worst enemies of good fiction, second only to poor spelling and grammar. And the seductress tempts even the most cautious writer. Her many disguises can make her difficult to spot, allowing her to weave her way into every plot twist and turn, slowly destroying the author's work. By the time shes found, she may have done so much damage that the