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So, I am finally watching The Flash - only about 3 years after everyone else. :-) It took me this long because I watched the first ep when the series started, and, well. Did not think it was promising. But since everyone else seems to be enjoying the series so much, I figured it must get better, and have given it another try! I started with ep2 this time, and things have been going much better.

I'm only up to S01E05, so the series hasn't really found its feet yet, but its doing well enough. Standard superhero series plots, but entertaining, with likeable characters. I like Barry and many of the secondary characters, and am happy to see what the series holds in store. It hasn't really grabbed me, but it isn't rubbing me the wrong way either, and I can see it getting there in time.

But there is one thing that I really, really dislike and that fills me with apprehension: The Iris Situation. Warning for extreme grumpiness that may harsh squee under the cut...

My grumpy thoughts on The Iris Situation - do not read if squee might be harshed. )

Feel free to spoil me for the Iris Situation, which I feel it can only be a good thing to be prepared for. Not for anything else though, please!
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Some pairings have potential names that are just so good.

- Loki/Tony = Loony (what could be more fitting?)
- Brienne/Jaime = BJ (well duh)
- Kaner/Tazer = Kata (from a tantric discipline, of course)

Can you think of any others?
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Please help me out, friendslist! A fragmentary old story idea is finally coming together, but there is a reader perception question that I need input on.

Imagine you are reading a story in which the main character can enter and travel between fictional worlds (novels, short stories, poems, plays... anything goes). The main character gets lost and finds himself in a fictional world he doesn't know; it is a pleasant spring setting outside the gates of a near-by city, where people from various walks of life are taking in the sunshine in 19th-century garb.

A large poodle begins sniffing around the main character just as something goes wrong, and in the confusion, the dog is carried along with the main character to the next fictional world.

Do you have any feelings, opinions or preconceptions about the dog at this point in the narrative?
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Parts of a plot idea have been stuck in my head for months, but they will not come together into something coherent. They will also not go away. Argh!
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SyFy ordered a pilot based on Frank Miller's comic Ronin, which is about a samurai from feudal Japan time-travelling to a dystopic near-future New York on a mission to slay the demon who killed his lord.

My first thought? "No way, an Asian main character? Surely they're going to whitewash the samurai somehow!" And you'll never guess: turns out the samurai inhabits someone else's body in NY, namely the body of Billy, "a medical experiment".

I'm going to go out on a limb here and bet the medical experiment in question will be entirely non-Asian - and, in fact, blindingly WASP. Anyone willing to take me up on that bet?

SyFy also ordered pilots for several other scifi shows that fill me with apprehension, including Pax Romana, in which WW3 soldiers travel back to Ancient Rome. That is a set-up just begging for enraging historical ignorance and modern-day chauvinism.

Also, there's an adaptation of Lev Grossman's The Magicians, which actually might be less aggravating in series form. It can hardly be more enraging than the novel.

In conclusion, I am easily enraged by fictional narratives. And I am not sorry.
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Warning: rambly meta with no real point ahead.

I've just come across an author warning for an amoral main character. The character in question is amoral in canon, so for a moment, it seemed odd to me that the adherence to canon characterization was considered warnings-worthy... but then, I realized that it actually isn't odd, but rather directly related to the prevalent fannish tendency to white-wash beloved characters of all their canon sins.

It's a time-honored fannish tradition to take a villain or an otherwise morally impeachable canon character and turn them into a misunderstood dear with a secretly white vest. It's happened in every fandom I've ever known that had a popular "bad" (or ambiguous) guy. I don't speak of the somewhat different fannish tradition of trying to fill the blanks canon leaves to create actual well-rounded characters; to ascribe reasons to actions; to provide the antagonist's point of view, and other such things. I also don't speak of working with a morally dubious canon character to turn him into a relatable, even sympathetic figure, despite his failings. I mean the actual white-washing of a character to absolve him of all sins.

In extreme cases, this white-washing can involve ignoring the canon character pretty much entirely. For example, I will never forget the fan who remarked that serial killing, sociopathic and sadistic character X was her favorite because she was just like him. She went on to explain this rather alarming statement by saying that X was very intelligent, and so was she. While X was very intelligent, it was hardly his defining trait; she might as well have said that she wore the same size shoes. However, the (canonically extremely unsubtle) sadistic, serial killing sociopathy fell to the wayside in the face of the fan's liking for the character, and all that remained for her was the positive trait of intelligence.
Disclaimer: X is also my favorite. Fortunately, however, I am nothing like him. I'm pretty sure we don't even have the same shoe size.

Long rambly story short: In the context of a fandom that is used to being shown a canonically amoral character as a fluffy white-vest-wearing bunny in fanfic, a warning for writing him as an amoral character does make sense.

Sorry for rambling. ;-)
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I have a story up on AO3 with a "rape/non-con" archive warning. Today, I received a (very polite and not at all flamey!) comment remarking that the rape was difficult to read, and that a trigger warning might have been a good idea.

Incidentally, I also thought that a trigger warning would be a good idea for this story. That's why I used the archive warning.

Now I'm wondering - did the reader overlook the warning, or did she feel there should have been another warning within the text itself to mark the passages in question? I suspect I'm not entirely up to date on the eternal "warnings" discussion.
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Dear writers,

what is this pleasing scent of clean sweat that I've been stumbling across in so many sex scenes? Perhaps I am simply not enough of a connoisseur of perspiration, but I can honestly say that I have never smelled anything that I would consider both a clean scent and a sweat scent. So far, every time I personally have smelled sweat, it has been because it was laced with the pungent waste products of bacteria. In fact, I believe that perspiration itself has no scent, and it is only ever when it is not clean that it smells like anything at all.

Perhaps some women find the odor of sweat sexy, in moderation? Or certain strains of sweat-scents...? Or perhaps the "clean sweat" trope is merely intended to show that the character in question is athletic and/or physically active, and is not intended to allude to any actual scent at all?

Whatever the reason for the sudden infestation of clean sweat in my reading material, I am not a fan. I have a very sensitive nose and a very active imagination, so when I read something like, say, "Chad's athletic physique was redolent of soap, clean sweat and cologne, and Dirk sucked down deep draughts of air laden with the overpowering odor"...

Ugh. Instant mood killer. Go take a shower, Chad, you sweaty brat! Then we'll talk.
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There are stories on my harddrive that I will never finish. Many of them are just fragments; some are too embarrassing to ever be allowed to see the light of day. The latter category includes my first foray into slash, which took place in Star Trek: Voyager fandom (I went the extra mile to include every tired ST:V slash cliché I could buy, steal or borrow). This category also includes a JE AU that is probably the single most wrong thing I have ever written (and I hadn't even gotten to the sex yet).

But! There are also partly-written stories based on ideas that I still find very interesting, and for which I've already written quite a bit of text that I like.

I've been wondering if I should post these stories as exactly what they are: incomplete stories that never will be finished, but that some readers might be interested in despite their fragmentary state. And I thought I'd ask you, gentle readers, how you feel about this kind of thing. So: poll time.

I can't post polls on Dreamwidth, so if you could pop over to this post on LJ to check your answer in the poll there, I would very much appreciate it! Alternately, of course, commenting here with your opinion is also good. :-)

(Does anyone know what happened to [community profile] metafandom, by the way? Is there a DW alternative or some such?)
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I've noticed this before: My characters seem to spend a lot of time in bathrooms, much of it traumatized.*

Wonder what other kind of odd tropes are hanging out in my stories. Hmm...

* J&R should thank their lucky stars that they're not in an X-Files story. Trust me, boys. This is nothing.
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Dear fanfic fans, I have a question. In your opinion, what is the best way of posting a very long piece of fanfiction (think novel, 150.000 words or more)? Please take a sec to let me know!

This way to the poll. )

Why I ask? Because I'm in the process of writing a very long piece of fanfiction, and would like to post it in a way that agrees with the readers. :-) I won't start posting before the novel's finished, by the way, so readers can be sure the story won't remain incomplete. I won't leave anyone hanging; I know how frustrating that is.

Thank you very much! :-)
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Today, I organized my epic.

Which epic, you ask? Oh, the one that started out as a short fling on my part with a fandom… and that somehow exploded into the longest fanfic novel I have ever written. And that isn't finished yet. (How do I get myself into these things? It's a long story. Not quite as long as the epic, though. *g*)

When an author's delusion she is writing a short story collides with burgeoning inspiration, the resulting writing process can be chaotic. But today, I have girded my loins and heroically waded into the fictional jungle, there to ruthlessly index, streamline and organize. As it turns out, the chaos wasn't nearly as bad as I feared – and now I totally have that epic's number. ;-)

The Epic's Number(s) )

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Undercover in a gay bar, pretending to be a couple, bodyswap, time loops, crossovers and AUs, amnesia, telepathy, superpowers… ooh yes, sign me up! *g*

There are many fanfic cliches I love passionately, so the cliche bingo challenge is right up my alley. Particularly since it's a relaxed challenge that doesn't threaten my skittish inspiration with tight deadlines. My bingo card is interesting, too – it holds few of my favorite cliches, and so (I hope!) may help me stretch my imagination in new ways.

What are your favorite fanfic cliches? Or do you hate them all with righteous zeal? Tell me! Inquiring minds want to know. :-)

Admissions over at [livejournal.com profile] cliche_bingo closed early because of the unanticipated deluge of cliche-loving fanfic writers… I squeaked in just before they did, but [livejournal.com profile] solo____ was not so lucky. And because I pimped the challenge to her in the first place, I am supplying her with an unofficial cliche bingo card myself. )

Did anyone else miss the chance to sign up? I'm willing to make a couple more unofficial cliche cards, if anyone's interested, because I know how much fun cliches can be. (And you could repay the favor by writing one of the cliched stories about a certain sparkly boy! But don't worry, that isn't obligatory. *g*)

ETA: Please note! When I speak of a sparkly boy, I absolutely do not mean the "Twilight" kind of sparkly vampire boy. I mean the highly attractive and dorky kind of Japanese sparkly dancing boy, who is not in himself sparkly, when not wearing sparkly clothes. Or, you know. Body glitter.
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Today, I bring to you something I'm sure nobody expected from me: a bit of writing meta. :-)

My usual writing method is very straightforward and methodical: I start at the beginning and keep writing until I get to the end.

It helps if I don't know too much about what happens along the way, but just let the story unfold as I write. This is because if I want to find out what happens next, I have a motive for writing; if I already know everything that happens, I tend to lose interest. )

So… Do any of you usually use the alinear writing method? How do you motivate and/or inspire yourselves when the time comes to go back to the beginning – or don't you need to? Do you have a different writing method altogether? Do you have any general tips and tricks on motivation and inspiration?

This is all related to the new quasi-fandom I mentioned in my previous post… I think that I will soon have to out myself completely here, in the hopes that maybe, just maybe I can interest some of you. :-)

But now for something completely different.

Have some Snape/Nazgûl slash: vulgarweed's "Black Is the Colour" reveals the secret of just where all of those villains shop for clothes anyway (Bram's of Carpathia: The Very Finest in Sinister Menswear, if you must know), what undead witch kings use as a pickup line, and many other things you will not want to miss.

* I've done this several times, once with a really long scifi novel that I still vaguely wish could be saved – but that I still have no idea *how* to save. (Besides which so much time has passed that I'd have to rewrite the entire thing anyway to adjust the main character – he's noticably from a different phase. *g*)
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[livejournal.com profile] bowtrunckle has posted a lovely, thoughtful and insightful SPN meta essay titled "Tension, Conflict, Motivation, and Plot: Why the Story is About Dean and We Do Know Sam". She makes a lot of fascinating points – not just about SPN but about constructing narratives and dramatic tension in general – and has a wonderful geeky chart, too. :-)

Her essay almost – but not quite – addresses an issue that has been making me uneasy about where the SPN mytharc might be going since S1. And so, because it was time, I finally committed SPN meta myself.

Vague mytharc spoilers up to 3x12, no spoilers for unaired episodes. I am unspoiled for any and all unaired eps and wish to remain so, so please, no spoilers in comments!

To my mind, there are different ways of being a presence in a fictional universe. Plot time - meaning involvement in and/or moving forward of the plot - is not identical with importance within the fictional universe . It's the latter arena where I fear that SPN may turn lopsided in the future; it hasn't quite done so yet, IMO, but it has set up a lot of factors that make it seem like the mytharc is going there at full tilt. )


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