Another SYOC Horrorshow: “PoKeMoN: DEMON AND ANGEL”

So as you may or may not know, I’ve gotten a bit more up-front with my SYOC reviews: I give a warning about the risks of SYOC and link to the thread, and only submit a character if this doesn’t get me blocked. Back in August, I did this to one SYOC and discovered the author was the most immature manchild I have ever encountered. But in a twist, they actually liked my character, and vowed that they would prove me wrong about SYOC being doomed to failure.

The story is now gone without a trace, but the PM trail is still a worthwhile story in itself.

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Earthsea

Hi all. I’m careening toward an anorexia relapse, how are you?

Anyway, today is kind of an up day so you get this.

I’m on a big Ursula Le Guin kick lately, and her Earthsea series is a really interesting work of fantasy spanning six books that I think is especially worth looking at because of Le Guin’s commentaries that are included at the end of the new editions. She has some really insightful things to say about social progress, the passage of time, and how writing can reflect the author’s feelings, so if you check these out make sure to get the 2012 “Atheneum Books for Young Readers” edition. The first book in particular is really only interesting because of what she has to say about it in retrospect.

I want to talk about the books themselves, but mostly about Le Guin’s thoughts, since she had some important stuff to say about fantasy as a genre and publishing as an industry.

Also, fun fact! This series is where the name ‘Mebbeth’ comes from.

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Shadow of Mordor

Here’s the story of Shadow of Mordor – You are a ranger guy. Orcs kill your wife and son, then you, in a ritual designed to bind a dead elf’s spirit to your corpse. It works. You resurrect with bonus ghost powers, like ghost arrows and ghost teleporting between ghost buildings and ghost respawning after being killed so you can never really die, in a clever melding of videogame and story.

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The Twilight Zone – The Midnight Sun & On Thursday We Leave For Home

Long ago, when I was very young and the syfy channel was spelled based on what a shortening of “science fiction” could be expected to produce, I watched some Twilight Zone episodes that horrified me and left me with the lasting impression that the show was all terrible things happening to people. These are probably far less upsetting if you’re not seven, but they’re still pretty haunting ideas. Enjoy!


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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The Black Tapes & The Magnus Archives

The Magnus Archives are the audio recordings of various testimonies given to a paranormal research institute, featuring all sorts of random spookiness that slowly weaves together into an overarching narrative. The Black Tapes are that, if you like your narrators to be incompetent idiots who can’t do basic research and your paranormal to stick slavishly to the supposedly plausible pseudoscience of people who think ghosts are real and also boring as fuck. (more…)

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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