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[APR 2019] Erotica / Re: [Apr 2019] - Erotica - Voting Thread
« on: May 19, 2019, 01:11:05 AM »

Gaaaaaahhhh I want to read these but I'm so busy and I still haven't finished my OWN erotica story to put in the discussion thread (it's like half-done, maybe I should just paste the half....)
I did read one of these last month and highly enjoyed it.

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I did think about that, but the next flight is Wednesday morning (there's only 2, or now 1, per day) and I've got my hospital check-up then, I couldn't take them either to the airport or the train station.
Oh well, I'm seeing them again in September, I'm going over there then.

Can you get them an Uber or a Lyft? I taught my parents to use Lyft and I blew their minds. Now, every time my dad gets one on his own he calls me to tell me about it

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It starts in 2019 and it soon jumps to 2024 (and I think throughout the 6 episodes it will reach 2034). It picks up today's politics and takes it to a very likely level, which is so scary!

I honestly think you can't extrapolate that long in real life politics outside of sci-fi. 4 years before nobody would have even thought Trump or Brexit was even possible. If you take a particular country, then perhaps probabilities improve, but on a global scale, nah.

Yeah I also keep politics to a minimum as it just seems to be 100% negative news. I rarely remember a day when I saw something in news that put me in a good mood for the day. Still keep in touch, but manage to keep myself emotionally detached (as much as possible)

Idk 1984 and Brave New World both seem pretty prescient-- in fact we've pretty much arrived at brave new world in America at least. And I know Animal Farm was a retelling of history, but it had some forward-looking elements and applies far beyond it's original metaphor

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Im pretty sick of superhero films myself (hence my rant in the superhero thread) but somehow this one got me right in the feels.  Plus I think they accomplished some MC elements I was trying to go for in my fantasy WIP, but failed at so it was great to see it done better than I could pull it off.

It's def a movie that I think would have appeal beyond superhero fans

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Did anyone else in here watch this?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkXL4ET93is


I now you hate spiders @ScarletBea  but you might like this one :)

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Superhero genre, for me, is defined by a narcissistic style of pro-protagonist myopia embedded within the narrative, an overwrought struggle that really doesn't feel like a legitimate struggle, shallow self-discovery, and male mary-sues that are given some sort of superficial flaw or weakness that isn't really a flaw.

It occurs to me that I have been sharp tongued and possibly unpleasant.

I was reading Charles Bukowski last night. Maybe that was it.


I like how you don't actually say you were wrong  :P

Haha, I think the overwhelming avalanche of marvel and DC movies and their respective cookie-cutters have unfairly poisoned me towards superheroes at this point.  I haven't read Leigh Bardugo's wonderwoman book, for example, which I'm sure is great.  The thing is, ideologically, concept itself gives me the same sort of uncomfortable feeling that biopics do: this lingering doubt that you will be able to get a true story with your nose so far up the a#s of your protagonist.

But perhaps I *am* wrong about the movies as well.  My old crotchety a#s just finally got around to watching Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse and OH MY GOD THAT WAS THE BEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN.  That said I'm very biased towards Spider-man as being the best of the comic book superheroes (or not, my love of Spiderman made it impossible for me enjoy the live-action movies... but they really nailed the core of the character for the first time in this one), and stuff with vulnerable child-protagoinsts always gets my heartstrings, but oh my god just from a storytelling perspective it was so incredibly brilliant, even the twists I saw coming still managed to twist the hell out of my insides.  So many brilliant full-circles, call backs, and repeated-but-transformed story elements happening at once:

Too vague to be spoilers but just in case:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Fisk and his family, Morales and fat-peter's farewells, the no-expectations graffiti (both in the-violation-of-sacred-space of his graffiti sanctuary, and the notebook.. the only one that didn't fly for me was the shoulder tap

On top of that the brilliant mix of comic elements into the animation, and the absolutely gorgeous color palette.  Holy f#$k it was good.

Anyways @Elfy apologies if I've been a little sharp-tongued in my disagreements of late.

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Superhero genre, for me, is defined by a narcissistic style of pro-protagonist myopia embedded within the narrative, an overwrought struggle that really doesn't feel like a legitimate struggle, shallow self-discovery, and male mary-sues that are given some sort of superficial flaw or weakness that isn't really a flaw.

It occurs to me that I have been sharp tongued and possibly unpleasant.

I was reading Charles Bukowski last night. Maybe that was it.

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I can't really watch it from here in the Amazon, I'm just sort of watching the end of the season through hilarious internet memes:

Spoiler for Hiden:


















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The last I played was Skyrim 5 (a long time ago :( ) but I always play Minesweeper when I need to relax :)

I have loved Final Fantasy since I was little. My first play was FF 1 on the NES system. Have been playing them ever since. I enjoy the turn base of JRPGs cause that is what I grew up with. 12 isn't as turn based but I think the battle system was awkward. XV is definitely not turn-based and is taking some getting used to on my part. 

Seven is a good story, but it has a notably memorable sad part. My favorite in the series is FFX. But there is something to love about them all I think.

The last I played was Skyrim 5 (a long time ago :( ) but I always play Minesweeper when I need to relax :)

I have loved Final Fantasy since I was little. My first play was FF 1 on the NES system. Have been playing them ever since. I enjoy the turn base of JRPGs cause that is what I grew up with. 12 isn't as turn based but I think the battle system was awkward. XV is definitely not turn-based and is taking some getting used to on my part. 

Seven is a good story, but it has a notably memorable sad part. My favorite in the series is FFX. But there is something to love about them all I think.

My first was FF6 (marketed here as FF3) which was AMAZING. it's crazy how invested you can be in little 8bit bobble head people who speak in text boxes.  Are you excited for the FF7 reboot? I didn't play it but I watched all the cutscenes for Crisis Core it was so sad at the end.

FFX I loved a lot too. It was so tragic. 

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Ooooh, I forgot Elven Star, the second book in the Deathgate Cycle takes place in a forest canopy.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:36:46 AM »
@Saraband did you ever get around to reading this?

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Ok :)
I suppose I said 'outside' because usually superheroes books are comics, right?

I don't read either, so I don't really care, hehe

They are, but there's some Superheroes books. There's some fantasy comics too.

I think regarding superheroes as something totally different makes sense given how the fanbases don't really like them together and the history of different mediums... I also think regarding Superheroes as part of the wider genre makes sense too.
Yeah, have to put graphic novels in there, too. I still see the first half of Cerebus the Aardvark as a great literary achievement. Bone is also another great graphic novel that didn't have a superhero in sight, but it was a fantastic fantasy story.

@Elfy Did you ever read Elfquest?  There's sooooo many amazing graphic novels out there!

Superhero genre, for me, is defined by a narcissistic style of pro-protagonist myopia embedded within the narrative, an overwrought struggle that really doesn't feel like a legitimate struggle, shallow self-discovery, and male mary-sues that are given some sort of superficial flaw or weakness that isn't really a flaw.

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GRRM in an interview before the start of S8 explicitly said that he had no idea how the show was going to end.  I really don't think he would throw away character development like that, and he can reach a bittersweet ending without it being utterly stupid, which this ending was.  I don't care if all of them died or how tragic the ending might be, it has to make some sense within the internal logic of the story, and this just doesn't, not just because there's not enough time, because there's absolutely nothing to precipitate the character changes, plus theres nooooo way he's gonna have the battle of winterfell occur at that time in the story in that way.  I give him way more credit than that.  A twist requires a set-up not a "WTF was that?"

LOST didn't have a terrible ending because it was big, it had an unsatisfying ending because it was run by JJ Abrams.  It came out that they had absolutely no idea where they were going with the show and just made the ending up on the spot, and it shows.  JJ Abrams whole thing is "wouldn't it be weird if..." there's a polar bear in the jungle! There's the numbers!  Misleading people into thinking there's something deep going on when he's really just generating intrigue with no punch line.  None of his stuff makes any damn sense.

BSG was great until the last half of the last season, when they too couldn't figure out how to tie up all their lost threads.  What was the deal with Starbuck returning?  Do the writers even know?  But it wasn't even a fraction as god-awful as LOST. 

I can't comment on the other shows b/c I didn't see them.  But I think it really comes down to two things: Pantsing doesn't really work for mysteries that span years of TV seasons.  and proper plotting has to also plot character transformations and make sense within the world.

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Royals are the first reality TV, replacing knowledge with spectacle.
But in 2019 it's more like replacing uninformed commentary and undignified spectacle with dignified spectacle, so I actually find it sort of a relief.

This quote from an article about the fall of one of my fav long-form news sources kinda sums it all up:

“The low point arrived when my editor G-chatted me with the observation that our traffic figures were lagging that day and ordered me to ‘publish something within the hour,’” Andrew Leonard, who left Salon in 2014, recalled in a post. “Which, translated into my new reality, meant ‘Go troll Twitter for something to get mad about — Uber, or Mark Zuckerberg, or Tea Party Republicans — and then produce a rant about it.’ … I performed my duty, but not without thinking, ‘Is this what 25 years as a dedicated reporter have led to?’ That’s when it dawned on me: I was no longer inventing the future. I was a victim of it. So I quit my job to keep my sanity.”

https://www.politico.com/media/story/2016/05/the-fall-of-saloncom-004551

It's not just journalism that's dead.  Intelligence is dead.

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I cook for myself all the time, usually 4-5 meals worth.  Then I struggle to force myself to eat it because it's teeerrrrible and go to subway instead.

I love eating... errr I mean meeting strangers.

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