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  1. Gendelsdottir

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    It appears to me from this and your other posts that you see yourself as Advocatus Diaboli, (a Keanu movie I quite liked, BTW) or champion of the downtrodden, or similar. I'll assume that the "THANK CHRIST" he's here! remark you made earlier to @Lord Stackspear, and your "to leave you defenseless" crack at @Nowy Tends, are playful verbal extravagance. I deplore that aside from those bits of levity, you don't seem to be having any fun. You've set yourself a task of refuting, in a logical way, all possible reasons for disliking the way show!Dany's through line played out. I submit that this is akin to trying to empty Blackwater Bay with a wooden soup spoon. I am quite content for you not to be put to the bother of refuting, in great depth, my every problem with characterization in a TV show. I'm all for a vigorous exchange of views, but I draw the line at ad hominem. This is why you'll not see me declaring, "Dan & Dave are incompetent buffoons!" (hastily checks post history to be sure this is true ), but I might say something like, "This scene reminds me of a frat house keg party." In the same way, I wouldn't say to another poster here, "You have no capacity for reasoned analysis, unless you demonstrate otherwise," or "Your perceptions are faulty and your understanding is limited, because you don't realize that [insert tedious expository lump here]" or any other thing suggesting that they don't have a mind and a voice of their own.
  2. Gendelsdottir

    Ask D&D

    A. Well, see, after Jon got knifed, we replaced whatever-it-was he was using for good red blood with a mixture of antifreeze and nanobots. The nanobots were programmed to make him repeatedly say "you're my queen" and "but I don't want it." There was a little problem with him sucking all the oxygen out of every scene he was in, but jeez he still looked good, don't ya think? Q. What was the deal with those godawful wigs that you made Daenerys wear? ETA: I'm dyin' here!
  3. Gendelsdottir

    Ask D&D

    Pick whichever of the following seems most plausible to you: (a) If Oberyn wasn't allowed to live, why should Doran and Trystane get to? (b) You do realize that Dorne is the land of sun, sand, and sex, right? All Dornishfolk are a bit soft in the head. (c) Women, once they get a taste of power, invariably turn into vicious crazy bitches. It is known. As-yet-unanswered:
  4. Gendelsdottir

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    Was sycophant not the word you had in mind? If not, what was? I'm curious - are there any circumstances where you believe a negative reaction is justified? Or is criticism always, by definition, unjust? There are at least as many ways to consume a cultural product as there are people consuming it. My exact response to any given work won't - can't - be the same as anyone else's, because I bring my own set of preferences, assumptions, and experience. It cannot be anything but subjective. Thus, I believe it is disingenuous to call any criticism an "objective fact," even if it's couched in "no sane person could possibly deny this" rhetoric. I say what I think. Others are free to agree or disagree with me as they see fit. Okay, if I think that X's character is behaving in an understandable manner, but Y doesn't have a through line that makes sense to me, am I within my rights to say so? If someone disagrees with me, do they get to say that I'm stupid, or unobservant? Totally your choice. If you have a sense of humor, and if that sense of humor is similar to mine, you may enjoy this speech given by GRRM in 1979 at Coastcon II. This article by Amy Friedman is a more serious, up-to-date view of the writer-editor relationship. These pieces are concerned with editing for print publication. I concede that the process for TV writing may have its own little quirks.
  5. Gendelsdottir

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    The word sycophant has a fascinating history. It started life in Greece as sukophantēs (literally: "to show the fig"), or "informer, talebearer, slanderer." It is thought to be derived from the insulting gesture of an upraised hand with thumb between fingers, resembling a woman's privates. (Cf. "I don't give a fig.") The term was adopted into French via Latin as sycophante, where it retained most of its original sense of "informer." In modern Greek it is συκοφάντης (sykofántis or "slanderer.") As an English loanword, it underwent a shift in meaning in the mid-16th century to its modern sense of "a person who acts obsequiously towards someone important in order to gain advantage," i.e. "yes-man, flatterer, minion, groveler." Outright falsehoods are, indeed, libelous. Outraged opinions, not so much.
  6. Gendelsdottir

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    Viewers can unreservedly love a show; or enjoy some aspects of it and be annoyed by others; or they might say to themselves, "This is a total train wreck, yet somehow I cannot pull my eyes away!" These are matters of opinion, naturally enough. There is a difference, however, between asserting "So-and-so is a jerk!" and saying "So-and-so did a terrible job!" I suggest that in an Internet forum where not every participant is using his or her own language, someone's points can well come across as misstatement or hyperbole due to inadequacies in translation. I'm willing to make allowances for posters who are not native English speakers. This. A character who flaps to and fro like a weathervane, for no demonstrable reason, is not a convincing character. For me, Jaime is an egregious example of this, and he's far from the only one. Introversion: The state of being inward-turned; preoccupation with one's own mental life. Editors may be the bane of a writer's existence, but ultimately, they serve a higher purpose. The show could have used a few more of them.
  7. Gendelsdottir

    The real character assassination is that of Tyrion

    Other authors wish they could create characters with this degree of autonomy & agency.
  8. Gendelsdottir

    Help recalling old short story

    Thanks for the suggestion! I'll look through the listings on isfdb and see if I can spot it. The book of short fiction in which I found the story was (by my hazy recollection) a stand-alone and not part of a series, but never say never.
  9. Gendelsdottir

    Ask D&D

    Okay, I'll tackle this one. We know that soldiers and sailors were dropping like flies all throughout the War of the Five Kings and afterward. Those gallant fighting men regenerated like magic every time the need arose. At first this was a straightforward process. After a certain length of time, the economy shrank, the available exchequers so badly drained that fighters respawned with uniforms, but without gold in their purses. The vast majority of working girls decamped to Essos, where they could count on a more stable return for their labor. I won't pose a new question, since there are still several outstanding: Indeed.
  10. Gendelsdottir

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    Exactly. The change from an in-universe ethical standard to a present-day, reality-based ethical standard was very jarring. This change in point of view from "in that fictional world" to "modern times" was evident in other ways as well. Depictions of sex acts and nudity were cut back in later seasons. By memory, the language was cleaned up considerably. No court life and no personal attendants or common folk with speaking roles. Travel times so brisk as to suggest jet planes, autobahns and fast cars. No wonder former fans were coming up with nicknames like Larry "The Lunkhead" Lannister, Cheryl/Carol, and Sandra - the characters as we'd known them had ceased to exist!
  11. Gendelsdottir

    Ask D&D

    Quite all right, my good Ser! Ah, the bells. It all started when the maester responsible for transcribing the Complete Guide to Campanology in Westeros omitted a key paragraph on the number of full-circle change repetitions to be rung for particular events. Ever since then, there has been confusion whether that exact change ringing sequence denotes Death of the Hand; Happy Hour at the Red Lion Pub; or Lay Down Your Arms and Surrender. As-yet-unanswered questions: Have at it, people.
  12. Gendelsdottir

    What was the purpose of Jon Snow?

    No problems! My own "in a nutshell" for Jon is like this. He's a player in a game of Snakes/Chutes and Ladders. He's doing his best, but somehow gets every snake and slides to the bottom again and again. Then he realizes, in a moment of great insight, that whoever wins the game will be eaten alive by a giant monster! Egads! After that he tries his damndest not to advance, but somehow catches ladder after ladder until he's within a hair's breadth of the end. With sheer luck and a small nudge from him, another player gets by him to the finish and is eaten, whilst he catches one whopper of a snake and goes back to comfortable oblivion at the bottom of the board. ... Because I'm silly like that.
  13. Gendelsdottir

    Help recalling old short story

    Now it's my turn, if I may use Ser Scot's thread for the purpose. Sometime back between the late 70s and the early 90s, I read a mass-market paperback anthology of military science fiction. I remember blue-hued cover art. Included in this volume was a story which the editor confessed was not, by strict definition, science-fictional, but it was of such high quality that he could not in good conscience leave it out. The title took the form of "The [Adjective] [Noun-singular]." (Think The Maltese Falcon.) The story concerns a soldier taken prisoner by the enemy and broken under interrogation. Once released and returned to his station, he is reassigned as aide to a general. He bears a cord insignia of some sort designating his new status. He's lost his expected rank and all respect from his fellow soldiers, but nevertheless does his best to fulfill his duties. The crux of the story is "what happens next?" I've put some effort into searching for this story, but no such luck. Does this ring any bells for anyone? Thanking you in advance!
  14. Gendelsdottir

    Help recalling old short story

    Thank you both! I found it while looking for something else (naturally enough ) and was astonished at Forster's prescience, at a time when wireless telegraphy and short-wave radio were only just coming into use. There's not enough wow! to cover it!
  15. Gendelsdottir

    Help recalling old short story

    The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. First published in 1909.
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