Category: Characters

Without You

This week I was treated to a massive dose of sanity threatening emotional issues.  Some were happening in real life, the rest happened in two of my favorite fandoms.  I won’t bore you with my real life issues that involve being pregnant and having to move.  However, I was rather surprised by the strength of my reaction to two different story plots.  It led … Read More Without You

I’m Not Male, I’m Not Female, I am Me.

Our perception of gender is tainted by the media, by what we are told is feminine and beautiful and strong and masculine.  Strong and feminine aren’t supposed to go together just as beautiful and masculine should not.   Right? Wrong. Gender bias is just that bias. As recently brought out in the article Gender Dichotomy is a Fairy Tale We Have Been Telling Ourselves to … Read More I’m Not Male, I’m Not Female, I am Me.

Transformers, Sex and Why Science Fiction is Socially Relevant

  The Role of Science Fiction in Literature I’ve been reading science fiction since I was very young.  I honestly don’t even remember the first sci-fi book I read.  I do remember the first one that made a huge impact on me.  It was a short story by Ray Bradbury called All Summer in a Day.  After that I couldn’t get enough.  Somewhere along … Read More Transformers, Sex and Why Science Fiction is Socially Relevant

Your Happy vs. My Happy

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”  ― Ernest Hemingway   I recently wrote a story, a fanfiction in the one fandom I will actually write for.  It had a rather dark theme and one I myself feel very passionately about.  In it a certain character, one I identify very closely with due to our similar personalities and overall way of dealing with others, … Read More Your Happy vs. My Happy

Live by the Sword

I watched a movie today.  One I had wanted to see back in September, but alas I do not live in Japan and it was not released outside the country.  Mores the pity.  Its an excellent movie with an engaging cast and a powerful story line.  And it happens to be based on one of my favorite anime. It follows the story of a … Read More Live by the Sword

Blindsided

The Age of the Anti-Hero has been long.   Some credit George Lucas and Han Solo for popularizing the trend that had started first in literature.  Some literary anti-heroes are Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein;  Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby;  Gollum from J. R. R. Tolkein‘s Lord of the Rings series;  Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger; … Read More Blindsided

Beginnings Always End Something

Or why character backstory is vital to your story. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Maya Angelou In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I read numerous blogs about plot and structure and how to do both.  What I’ve not seen many writers mention is the need for well thought out characters.  Plot is after … Read More Beginnings Always End Something

Writing. For real.

I love to read.  Almost as much as I like to write.  I read everything that comes within eyesight. This is not always a good thing, but meh, can’t help it. As someone who loves to read, I read a lot of fan fiction.  Don’t judge me.  I’m impatient. Over the last couple of months I’ve been putting together a writer’s conference just for … Read More Writing. For real.

Enemy Mine

For the first time in my life I completed a video game.  As in roll the credits we are outta here.  Don’t snicker.  It’s true, I’ve never played a game where no matter how many times I died or how complicated things seem to get I couldn’t get enough of it.  Well played High Moon Studio’s, well played.  I hope Deadpool‘s take over won’t … Read More Enemy Mine

Kill Me Softly

This is how I remember first meeting Boba Fett.  He was mysterious, dangerous and didn’t back down from one of the meanest villains in any genre.  It was love at first sight.  Then came the prequels.  The utter horror and dismay on my part as one of my all time favorite characters was reduced to a mere clone has stuck with me for years … Read More Kill Me Softly

This Pool is a Little Crowded Part 2

So last time I was talking about why Deadpool is NOT a hero.  No where does he fit the description of a typical action hero.  So does this mean he’s an anti-hero.  Lets look at that definition. antihero an·ti·he·ro [an-tee-heer-oh] noun, plural an·ti·he·roes. a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure,as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like. Encyclopedia Britannica  Encyclopedia antihero a protagonist of a drama or narrative who is notably lacking in heroic qualities. This type of character has appeared in literature since the time of the Greek dramatists and can be found in the literary works of all nations. Examples include the title charactersof Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote (Part I, 1605; Part II, 1615) and Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones (1749). Some examples of the modern, postwar antihero, as defined by the Angry Young Men,include Joe Lampton, in John Braine’s Room at the Top (1957),and Arthur Seaton, in Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958). From the beginning of his series, its been established … Read More This Pool is a Little Crowded Part 2

This Pool is a Little Crowded

So, by now most you understand my fandoms, n’est pas?  Well, along with revisiting my Tron love, I happened to find a box of my old comics.  (I’d boarded and bagged all of them prior to storage of course, I’m a true fangirl after all.)  I still miss my Spawn comics.  Cannot forget that #6 Todd McFarlane cover.  Relatives should never be allowed to … Read More This Pool is a Little Crowded