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    Writing, Hiking, Reading and everything in between. Recently, defending Daenerys.

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  1. Fringe, not sure how I feel about its ending.
  2. I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but I thought Friday Night Lights ended at the right time.
  3. Similarly, "true trek fans" need to leave people who enjoy Discovery alone. For me, Charmed is a special show. I totally hate the reboot/remake or whatever the new installment is. What I don't do, is try to ruin it for people who do genuinely enjoy it. Same with Game of Thrones. I think the show is pure crap now. I'll complain about it here, especially in rant and rave, where it's essentially an echo chamber. But to dedicate myself to convincing people who enjoy it that's it's pure crap, is something I have no right doing. Leave people alone, is my thing. We can't all love/hate the same things. And we really shouldn't. And that's my issue with "true trek fans." The pretentiousness and self importance, no offence meant.
  4. Seen it too. Calculus.
  5. I think I'll start with the most recent and work my way backwards. Maybe that will improve my experience. Main reason I started with the orginal series was Leonard Nimoy. Loved the guy and he carried the show for me. Plus, and maybe I'm small minded, but like Whoopi Goldberg, it blew my mind that the one black woman on the show even "back then" wasn't a maid. Honestly didn't expect that. So ironic that a certain group of Discovery detractors are so against "SJW bullshit." But that's another debate altogether. But yeah, I'll concede that maybe I need to widen my Trek knowledge. I'm just dreading having to rewatch 2 episodes of next generation because I honestly have no recollection of what happened and I hate jumping into the middle of a show with no prior knowledge. Another reason I started with the original series. So I guess I can't start with the most recent and go backwards...Ugh. On the bright side, I have a new show to binge.
  6. That's my biggest frustration. I'm with you here.
  7. Heartofice and Gertrude, I get it. I also have frustrations with Discovery. And I concede that the show sometimes sets itself up for failure. It smacks of desperation when we suddenly see No 1 for literally 2 minutes and Spock's name gets dropped every 5 seconds. But at the same time, people want it to be "more trek" and I'm thinking the writers wrote themselves into a corner they can't quite get out of. I honestly do think the show tried to be itself (which resulted in the proverbial corner the writers wrote themselves into) but that wasn't good enough for the fandom. They're dammed whatever they do; either they're trying too hard to be trek or not trying hard enough. And I disagree that the older versions could be excused for being products of their time. The old pilot with Pike was better than the stuff that followed in my opinion. For example, and maybe it's a small thing, but No 1's outfit was totally practical in the discarded pilot... then in the later pilot we got the USS Callister stuff (I'm guessing after some screen/audience tests), showing that "progressive thinking" wasn't so farfetched, the show just decided on the USS Callister stuff. For some reason Discovery isn't allowed the same freedom of (for lack of a better word) discovery. I know it's season 2, but they're only on episode 20 or so. I honestly don't know what to say about how detractors of Discovery like to congratulate themselves for being "true fans of true trek." So I won't be touching that even with a twenty foot pole.
  8. The first bit of this post summarises my frustration with the show's reception. People, or rather, Trek fans, aren't disappointed with the show itself but with their expectations of the show. The criticism isn't on the show's failings, but people just being generally pissed that it didn't do this thing or that things or some other random thing the way another version of the franchise would have done. This isn't directed at you per se but at the general crapstorm that's been the reception. Nostalgia and somewhat misplaced reverence for older versions, in my very humble opinion, have been this show's biggest obstacle. I finished watching the original series for the first time not too long ago and honestly, so much of it was so problematic that I started to believe I actually watched a different show from everyone else. I've been on episode 3 of the one after the orginal series (honestly can't be bothered to check the subtitle) for literally 2+ years now and I don't see myself continuing any time soon. But Discovery, for some reason, really works for me. The Klingons are freaking stupid and I have no idea why they thought that was a good idea to begin with, but everything else has, in my opinion, not been as bad as lamented here and elsewhere. And it's quite honestly the only show I'm genuinely excited about every week. But I'm thinking that's because The Americans is over. Ugh. Anyway, it's just been interesting observing the reception.
  9. I'm honestly sitting here thinking that's the reason Gaga got the nom. Didn't see the film, but she looked "ordinary" in one of the promo pictures and I thought wow, she looks like she could have killed it here. I mean, we're used to meat dresses and stuff like that with her. But again, I didn't see the film so she might have actually been brilliant.
  10. Kyoshi

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    i feel i should expand in giving this example: if you write characters living in present day vague south africa, race and the legacy of apartheid are bound to be huge things between your characters. mainly because if you make the south africanness of it all so vague, you should probably note the tense atmosphere, simply to root the story in something tangible and uniquely south african. but i suppose the same could be said of america or any other place with a similar ugly past. but let's say you write specifically about a coloured girl living in the northern suburbs dealing with her grandfather's death, it's likely that race isn't something that pops up a whole lot. i guess what i'm saying is: i realise we don't experience the world independently of our "markers", but in fiction, you shouldn't use these as tools to seem progressive. it might just make your story clunky.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    stephen king is awesome. but i feel like you should do what works for you. like...when i was still in school, i didn't take notes because i understand/remember things better when i hear them. but some people remember/understand better when they write. something like that. just do what works for you. else you'll end up caught up in the admin of writing (because you're working with an inconvenient system) as opposed to actually writing.
  12. Kyoshi

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    personally, i think you should just write each character without thinking, "oohhh now i'm writing a black character. now i'm writing a woman; this is a person with boobs, surely she thinks differently. now i'm writing a gay asian immigrant with a disability." unless these traits are incredibly important to the plot, i think people's motivations tend to be the same, and fairly basic. and i think one mistake that writers make is to try to box their characters. for example, one thing that really annoyed me in one game of thrones episode was how a (wildling) female character was overtaken by children versions of others, because she was suddenly overwhelmed with emotion and found that being a woman, she couldn't possibly hurt kids, even if they were zombies who were going to kill her in a few seconds. the male characters never had this moral dilemma. that annoyed me so much because ugh, wtf. the same can be said about race/sexuality etc. but if you write, say, a book like "the hate u give" by angie thomas, where race is so integral to the plot, then you have to write your characters as, "ooohhhhh now i'm writing a black character." in "me before you" the writer (i can't be bothered to look up her name because the book ended up being so problematic) absolutely had to go, "ooohhhh now i'm writing a man with a disability." just write humans. to paraphrase/quote chimamanda ngozi adichie, i get that people's experiences of the world is informed by our "markers", but in storytelling, and especially recently, writers seem to think that stating that a character is x-thing or y-thing is character development. like that recent charmed reboot where the showrunners announced the homosexuality of a key character as "an exciting twist." just...ugh. no. why? just no. EDIT: people aren't gay to "spice up the plot." that's so insulting. THE LAST EDIT I SWEAR: just write humans who also happens to be xyz. i hope i'm not just rambling. sorry for the poor grammar, i'm just not feeling the world today. hope this helps though.
  13. Kyoshi

    RIP V.S. Naipaul

    I've been debating with myself on whether or not to respond to this. But I've decided that I feel too strongly not to. I find the bolded to be very problematic. His "personal nastiness and brutality to his first wife and mistress" is something quite huge, in my humble opinion. I see this with male "geniuses" all the time, people are willing to overlook horrors that these men commit in the name of "learning to separate the man from the artist." I'm not pointing to you, specifically, but to society's general disregard for the female victims of male "geniuses." This is something Naipaul said: "I was very violent with her [the mistress] for two days with my hand; my hand began to hurt... She didn’t mind it at all. She thought of it in terms of my passion for her. Her face was bad. She couldn’t appear really in public. My hand was swollen. I was utterly helpless. I have enormous sympathy for people who do strange things out of passion." I mean, this is a man who beat a woman until his hand hurt; then spoke of it casually, without any kind of fear for consequences (professional or personal), knowing full well that his star power would protect him. Also, the woman in question has gone on to say that she absolutely did mind. His wife also minded very much that he carried on an affair for the better of their marriage, to the point where, as said by Naipaul himself, he destroyed her. I don't mean to be preachy and this isn't a personal attack against you, but this disturbed me so much because of #MeToo and how so many "brilliant" men were essentially allowed, by a whole industry, to molest women; and because after Trump got elected people were asking "how did this happen?" I'm one of the people who think it happened because too often, when it comes to men, we're very quick to say "his personal nastiness has nothing to do with his professional potential/achievements." We whitewash, in most case, men; because we think their brilliance/talent should be enough to excuse their "personal nastiness." This is how we end up in a world where Roman Polanski and Woody Allen are still revered. Also, I found A Bend in the River to be deeply problematic and think that Naipaul was a racist man who romanticised colonialism, and his thoughts on Africa were born out of his superiority complex and racism, in my not so humble opinion. His hatred for black people was very clear, and this, along with his deplorable treatment of women, are personal nastinesses I can't overlook when remembering the writer, especially since I believe any artist's ideology ultimately informs their art.
  14. Kyoshi

    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    GN having weapons in season 1 speaks to how the rules don't apply to them for some weird reason. Ake going off wouldn't necessarily alert anyone since the remaining Ghost Nation hosts would continue on with their programmed slaughter. And like someone else said, it was pre-reverie programming that Ake deviated. And I personally expect all kinds of incompetence for something this huge. So early-days incompetence makes more sense to me than complete competence. I mean, we have some of the "butchers" essentially pimping hosts without anyone "important" caring. Even Elsie uses it to her advantage at some point. I'm actually more shocked that the park has managed to keep the tech this contained for so long. Screw ups make sense to me. But maybe I just have low standards.