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Pokeauthors Special Spotlight: On Personhood

So remember that pokemon whisperer story?

“[Elves and dwarves] are humanlike. They look like people. Pokemon don’t. They are considered monsters (i.e., “Pocket Monsters”) and typically act more like animals, with the same kind of instincts to go along with it — particularly their fighting instincts. Also, elves and dwarves aren’t broken down into light and stored away in Poke Balls. The vast majority of Pokemon are not ‘talking creatures’ and only on rare occasions can they speak in a way that humans understand – either because the human and Pokemon have a very strong bond (i.e., Ash and Pikachu) or because they can use telepathy.”

How appropriate for October.

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BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman is a very depressing show about depression. It’s a cutting and poignant drama about life, mental illness, insufficiency, and the flawed nature of humanity. But I’m on the fence on if that’s actually a good thing.

I think this clip is an accurate encapsulation of the show as a whole. It can be very funny, but there’s a very dark core narrative underneath it, and there’s rarely anything that can be described as a happy ending, with almost every episode cutting off without a satisfying resolution. While the series currently ends on a fairly positive note, it’s still a very bleak journey of people being horrible, backsliding on their attempt to improve, and wallowing in a spiral of misery that seems inescapable.

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Pokeauthors Special Spotlight: Another Verse

The dyslexic author from before informs me I’m terrible and tells me to do the exact same things people have told us a hundred times before that don’t work. They helpfully demonstrate why they don’t work by simultaneously complaining that I nitpick too much and also that I only nitpicked one thing on their story.

I’m tempted to make some sort of resource post I can point these people to, but FFN’s link stripper probably means it won’t be worth the effort.

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[25] The Other Pokereviews, Part 72

A weird story where pokemon lose their powers and are despised by the human populace for no conceivable reason; a well-written story from a pokemon’s perspective about how poaching is very wrong and totally different from training; and a decently-written Giratina character study that, unfortunately, tries to explain a particularly nonsensical game mechanic. It does not succeed.

The anime fic has not ended. The anime fic shall never end. If FFN wasn’t run by ghosts, I would seriously consider starting a letter-writing campaign.

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The Other Pokeauthors, Part 70

“In the future, however, I would ask that you please refrain from leaving reviews that barely touch on the content, whether for my stories or for others. Your review here was 9:1 critique to content, with only that little bit at the end, which itself was even half about the writing itself rather than content. I’m open to critique (and it’s helpful when readers point out typos, plot inconsistencies, thematic problems, or whatever else since I’m only human and I make mistakes), though I may not agree with the concrit the way I respectfully disagree with almost all of yours. But I also think there’s an unspoken etiquette we should all try our best to follow on these sites regardless of whether concrit is sound or not. Reviews are great to receive and so is concrit, but when authors put in the work to produce stories, whether excellent or clearly novice and in need of improvement, it’s kind of nice to hear feedback about the actual content of the story. Everyone from professional writers to amateurs wants this when they share their work with the world. Even though this is just the first chapter and not much yet has happened, as you correctly pointed out, it’s still polite to try to follow that unspoken guideline as much as possible. As it stands, I have only the faintest idea of whether or not you even liked the chapter, if you are interested in where it could be going, thoughts on characterization, or any other number of content-related issues that are important for me to hear about as a writer. Whether or not you accept my suggestion is entirely up to you, of course. But just to be clear, if I get more reviews or PMs from you that are similar to this one, I probably won’t reply. To do so would waste even more time than I already have on this response.”

Another author makes a similar argument in this very batch. Were authors always this entitled, or is this a new thing?

We do get an author who’s genuinely interested in portraying pokemon as people, though, so that’s a plus.

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The Other Pokeauthors, Part 69

“Capital letters are only at the start of names of people/pets, or names of places like ‘Paris’ or ‘London’, or even words to describe something. A title that could contain 7 words wouldn’t have capitalized letters at the start of every word if they weren’t names of people, pets, of places. For example, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. Harry and Potter have capitalized letters at the start because they are names. ‘Deathly’ and ‘Hallows’ have capitalized letters because they are important items so they’re in the title and their name has a capital D because it is part of the name and it describes something.”

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