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  1. Sorry about the repeat posts. Also sorry if this has already been discussed. As you were...
  2. Have you guys seen this?
  3. Kyoshi

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Congratulations!!! Hope to see it on the shelves soon.
  4. everything was stupid and i have no words. but the dragon's death just made this whole series pointless. if dragons were so vulnerable and useless as demonstrated on the show, how the f**k did aegon and his sisters conquer a whole huge continent with just 3 dragons?!
  5. Fringe, not sure how I feel about its ending.
  6. I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but I thought Friday Night Lights ended at the right time.
  7. 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.
  8. Seen it too. Calculus.
  9. 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.
  10. That's my biggest frustration. I'm with you here.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Kyoshi

    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Kyoshi

    His Dark Materials Series

    lol. This happened to me too.
  18. Kyoshi

    Babylon 5

    Werthead, your blog is amazing, by the way. Thanks.
  19. Kyoshi

    Babylon 5

    Thanks. Funny thing, soon as I read this reply and therefore became less bothered by it, they stopped mentioning it. I made the mistake of marathoning through the show. Now I'm on S5E1, but I feel like there's a lot of information I didn't properly process. I blame the show because every episode just made me want to watch the next one really badly . I'm going to pace myself now, mostly because I'm running out of episodes and I've become rather attached. Can't believe I'm only watching this in 2017. Also,
  20. Kyoshi

    Babylon 5

    I just found out Kosh I really like the show. I just have one major issue: I'm no astrophysicist so I could be completely wrong on this--it really bothers me that Io is apparently a stable Earth colony. Isn't that moon so small and so close to the much larger Jupiter such that the proximity is essentially turning the moon inside-out through volcanic eruptions? Every time someone mentions the Io colony I'm kind of bothered. But like I said, I don't have the scientific knowledge to back this.
  21. Kyoshi

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Thank you very much.
  22. Kyoshi

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Hey guys, can short stories have chapters? More importantly, is this a stupid question? EDIT: Guess I'm asking when and whether its acceptable to have a visible break (that shifts through time and changes scenes quite drastically) in a short story.
  23. Kyoshi

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    As someone from the southern half of Africa, I'd like to read that some time.
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