It might be an old – and somewhat uncouth – meme, but it makes the point. Slap an unhappy backstory on a villain, and odds are that someone somewhere will ask whether or not he is “really the bad guy.” How can Thanos, for example, be considered evil when he just wants to prevent other … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II cutscenes and Light Side Ending https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2DcbB2vZcc As has been said many times, this author is not much of a video gamer. Given how much time she must spend living, writing, reading, and handling the odd challenge, this is no surprise. There are only so many hours in a … Continue reading A Listening Ear – A Look Back at the Dialogue from Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
On February 7th this author joined Ben Wheeler and Anthony Marchetta on the SuperversiveSF Sunday Livestream to talk about the latest chapter of My Hero Academia*. There were some connection issues, so I didn’t technically appear in the stream until the 20:37 mark. For some reason my connection decided to play games and I had … Continue reading Bulletin: On the Radio with SuperversiveSF!
While puttering around the Internet in search of something to make her smile, this author stumbled across the picture below: I am fairly certain this is a panel from the Zoids: Chaotic Century manga*. If it is not an illustration from any particular issue, I believe it was drawn by one of the artists involved … Continue reading Pretty as a Picture
I have written more than once about My Hero Academia’s “Hero Too,” a song performed by Chrissy Costanza for the anime. This is because the lyrics have a great deal to offer listeners, particularly writers. Reflecting on this song provides those who hear it with a greater appreciation for heroism – not just the extraordinary … Continue reading “Now It’s My Turn….”
Have you ever imagined what your favorite characters from one fictional universe would look like and/or how they would behave in a different one? What if they were something other than human? Admittedly, that last one did not occur to this author at all. Human beings are much too interesting for her to want to … Continue reading Dragons, Superheroes, and Star Wars – Oh, My!
By now, audiences are at least nominally acquainted with both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The scene above, from Marvel’s The Avengers*, ought to be fairly familiar for that reason. Despite receiving less screen time than his fellow heroes, Hawkeye’s over-the-shoulder shot remains a memorable moment in the franchise. For most, this is … Continue reading Is It Camera Magic, or a Crucial Piece of Characterization?
This article is the second in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One may be read here. Following last week’s post on the believability of a character’s demise we come to a seemingly inconsequential point. In fact, this detail has been taken so lightly of late that it has … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier
Clone Commander Wolffe and his Wolfpack. One of the items which the Star Wars prequels failed to properly utilize was the Old Republic’s clone troopers. While the writers in the Clone Wars TV series did an admirable job of developing said replicant soldiers as characters, their focus derailed earlier points made by the authors who … Continue reading The Reality of the Human Soul: How Sci-Fi and Fantasy Prove its Existence
I cannot count the number of times I listened to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” over the years. While it is not one of my favorite songs, the beat is catchy and very, very hard to dispel once it has set up residence in the mind. This can make it annoying after a … Continue reading “We Didn’t Start the Fire…”