If you want to make your point with a sledgehammer, fine. But I object to a shovel.
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.
Theoretical Dog GeneticsAs a kid I remember being confused by the logic of dog genetics presented in cartoons. When two dogs had puppies, the boys looked like the dad and the girls looked like the mom. I can only guess that this lack of originality was an attempt to cash in on the new character's resemblance to an older character that had already won people over, but where's the fun in that? Being the animal nerd that I am, I wanted a realistic guide to prevent such blandness.
How to use
Much of this has not yet been proven in studies with real dogs, so if you want to learn more about a real dog it is useful to research the specific breed or likely breeds that are in the dog's background.
Each locus is a spot which can hold two possible alleles out of any number present in the whole species. All together the alleles (genotype) give the final appearance (phenotype). To decide the appearance of offspring, give each parent a full list of genes to describe their appearance and "breed" them by randomly sele
Pride and Prejudice vs. AvatarWARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOLIERS!!!!!
Zutara is a crackship: plain and simple.
"They only ship Katara because she's a traditional 'pretty girl' and Zuko is the hot guy."
"Anyone who ships Zutara is watching Avatar with their butts. Blindfolded."
"Oh, fandom. You amuse me so. Show me the 'evidence' that Zutara is going to happen. It reveals a complete ignorance of how literature works."
Zutaraians, have you heard those words? Kataangers and Maikoans, have you ever said those words? (I mock you with your lack of new ideas of bashing someone.) I dont know about you, but that sounds familiar to something else. Darcybeth from Pride and Prejudice. The crackship as it were.
"It's fine if you want to ship Darcybeth in fanon. I have no problems with that. Just don't say that Darcybeth is going to become cannon."
"But Darcy and Elizabeth hate each other."
"How can you not see the epic love between Wickham and Elizabeth???"
"Darcybeth will never, ever happe
Are You Gay, Bi or Straight?
DETERMINING SEXUAL IDENTITY
For many people, there is no question at all about what their Sexual Orientation and Identity are, starting at a very young age. But for many others, it can be very confusing and traumatic. ALL of us are a blend of Straight and Gay. People who are almost completely Straight or Gay usually know how they are different from very young ages. Everyone else will have some someone degree of Confusion and Questioning. Many young people have a small amount of latent homosexuality, enough to confuse them, but not enough to be a Bisexual. Others can be confused by having a friend they love dearly. Some young people are late bloomers, becoming sexually aware later than most others. For others, there is also confusion about Gender. For others, they may not have sexual feelings at all.
Some people may not become aware of their homosexual nature, or may not recognize, realize, or acknowledge their homo
How to REALLY become Popular
Is it really worth it chasing after that meaningless "page view" count? Or is page views a synonym for popularity? Sure, we all want more watchers, but how much more? If you type the word "popular" in the DA search engine you will get a long stream of deviations bashing popular artworks and artists. I mean hey! It's easy to say "My art is 10 times better then that crap on the front page!", and it's okay to say that funnily enough, because art is subjective. But what's not okay to say is "I deserve to be more popular then them it's unfair!" the reason why they are more popular than you is because they know the "method".
Everybody's method is different find yours
What is this "method?" you must be thinking. The method is essentially their own way to gain awareness, sounds silly doesn't it? Most of the biggest artists on DA never asked to be popular; it just came to them naturally. Yet regardless, subconsciously they knew which deviations to upload would make a big hit.
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
A How To on Writing Fanfiction
1. Intelligence is required. No matter how interesting or humorous a plot you may have, it is always better to read a well-written, intelligible fiction than a thrown-together piece of junk riddled with spelling/grammatical mistakes.
2. Plot is important. There are such things as PWP's (see PWP section), but other than that, plot is what really makes a story. What is happening is what makes the reader go on and want to read more.
3. Creativity is a must. No one wants to read the same thing that they have seen from 50 other writers. Try to be original, and if you see an idea you really like, improvise it a little without copying it outright.
4. Every element in the story matters. From the plot to the series to what happens to the characters, everything ties together to make the story what it is.
OVERALL WRITING SKILLS
Some writers are just naturally gifted and have a way with words. Others struggle with how to make complex senten
Insane Twilighters: YOU SUCK
Im sick of the hype over some book/stupid movie. Im even more pissed off at the annoying people who worship it and make everyones life hell.
But why you ask?
1. Youre in love with Edward/Jasper/Emmet/Jacob.
Ignore the fact that they are completely 100% fictional. But, hey love knows no boundaries right? And you certainly make sure that everyone on Gods green fucking earth is aware of the fact that OMG I <3<3 EDWARD CULLEN! Sure you can say that youre showing your support for one of your favorite fiction characters. But there is a difference between support and obsession. Obsession is scary, makes everyone question your sanity, and will ultimately lead to you living the rest of your life alone. Or possibly in a mental hospital. It would all depend on how nice the people surrounding you are.
2. You talk about it all the time like somebody actually gives a shit.
Newsflash! I did not- I repeat did NO
So You've Created a Mary SueSo Youve Created a Mary-Sue
One day while browsing on deviant Art or even Fanfiction.net you get a really great idea to create your own Original Character (OC). So cool, right? You make him/her for your favorite fandom so you can draw or write them it, its like youre in the series. You can make your favorite sexy anime guy or beautiful girl fall head over heels in love. You quickly write everything you would like if you were in that fandom and upload away. Thats when you get your first comment or review. As soon as you open it the room catches fire and you are incinerated within the depths of a Flame. A flame is a type of review or comment that is left usually to bash one writing or drawing and hold little to no constructive criticism to help with improvements. Thats when you realized you have been infected by the dread disease of creating a Mary-Sue. Whats the first thing you should do, throw it out right? wrong!
Just like learning to
Hanna is Not an EssayTo die. To kick the bucket. To push up daises. To shove it, off it, kick it, snuff it. To shuffle off this mortal coil. To take a dirt nap. To pass on, away, or over. To be deceased. To be expired. To meet one's maker. To run down the curtain. To join the invisible choir. To be in a better place. To be six feet under. To cross over, cross the bar, cross the River Styx. To sleep with the fishes. To buy the farm. To be extinct. To dance the last dance. To give up the ghost. To buy a pine condo. To go toes up i.
Death. No matter how one says it, the thing of dying and the thing of living are considered two very separate states in the life-cycles of things classified under living organisms. The paranormal, however - literally meaning things above the normal - deal with pretty much anything and everything that defies death in all sorts of standards. Zombies, for instance, are the living dead, and according to general media and the internet, there is only one that seems to lack a certain tas