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Re: You know you're a writer when... ...you're the only one of your friends that vents about writer's block on the daily.
June 27, 2012, 10:15:46 AM
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Re: Real life experiences and non-fiction sources for better worldbuilding
But I should probably make this clear before discussion takes a left turn (just a precaution people), but try not to sway too far into this territory. Keep things sane please.

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March 18, 2015, 06:49:09 AM
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Re: Real life experiences and non-fiction sources for better worldbuilding RE: Knights and Samurai, I've read the same myself. Most of the time they were seen as corrupt who pilfered money from the poor. Ninjas were actually created in order to combat the Samurais. Doesn't seem too far off from how the modern world, or at least Americans, view police officers.

I think there may be a psychological reason for why time romanticized these high authorities as noble and honorable, and it could be tied to why romance readers find it hot to be seduced by a vampire and/or werewolf when those types of creatures should be feared. There's something alluring about a person with power not succumbing to their vices, even when they're fully capable of getting away with it. The act of self restraint itself is seen as more powerful than the authority they wield. And story is going to prop up the few that battled and tamed their temptation rather than the ones who didn't, which seems to be the overwhelmingly majority of knights and samurais.

The problem though being is that time has fazed out all the corrupted individuals with the few good virtuous ones only being remembered, misinterpreting the samurai/knight class as a whole as being virtuous for those that haven't lived through those experiences.

March 18, 2015, 08:56:44 PM
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