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June 04 2015

How to make a character's death sadder

the-right-writing:

  1.  Don’t have them die of old age after a long, fulfilling life. Many people don’t even think of this as sad (note that this can still work if you have enough of the other factors).
  2.  Leave one of their major goals unfinished. The more enthusiastic they are about completing the goal, the sadder.
  3.  Give them strong relationships with other characters.
  4.  Make them fight against whatever is causing their death. Their ultimate loss is sadder if they struggle.
  5.  Kill them in the middle of their character arc.
  6.  Don’t describe their funeral in detail. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that long descriptions of funerals kill the sadness.

stevraybro:

    That’s enough Satan’s publisher…

    shuttle-fly-blogs:

    7. If possible, try to kill them off in the middle of the story, so we had time to like them and we will have time to let the loss settle in.

    8. Also, place surviving characters in a situation where having the deceased person there would help them get out. You can choose whether you will point this fact out or if you want the audience to make the connection themselves.

    peachdoxie:

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    thehellspawnhero:

    9. Make them die by sacrificing themselves to save someone they love from a danger created by the antagonist.

    socialjusticeprincesses:

    based on a few deaths that made me blub like a baby…

    10. have their loved one, broken hearted, tell the team to stop fighting because “its over.” 

    11. have their pet come looking for them. 

    12. have their loved one perform a popular song at their funeral so it makes the fans cry whenever it’s played.

    13. family witnessing the death and/or blaming themselves.

    ~ Mulan

    asbehsam:

    so… let’s add some frustration to your dear readers’ sadness, shall we?

    14. kill the character in the middle of making a joke, smiling, or expressing/experiencing joy/happiness.

    15. make the character’s death slow and painful, but make them unable to call out for help even though they can literally see the other characters nearby.

    16. after killing the character, have others think the character had betrayed them so they’d always hate them and remember them as traitors and never say nice things about them… Give your readers no chance to have group-therapy with other characters by making them the only ones who know the truth.

    17. right before their death, show a side of them nobody has seen. (someone who is always tough and brave being genuinely scared of dying alone; someone who is always laughing being in tears before dying, etc.)

    18. make them the only person who knows a big important secret that would help other characters in the story.

    19. have them being lied to before dying. (thinking they’ve been betrayed; thinking they weren’t loved; thinking they’ve lost their loved ones, etc)

    20. make the character very enthusiastic/passionate about a certain goal, constantly put stress on their goal, have them die unexpectedly before they can reach their goal. 

    and the best one…

    21. have another beloved character kill them–better be a close friend to your character, one that absolutely nobody suspects, one that everyone can’t help but love, one who is always enthusiastic about things and encourages your character. THEN

    • reveal the truth only later when it’s too late and the a-hole character has already escaped.
    • have a cowardly character know the truth and never tell anyone else
    • have another character find out the truth and have them die before revealing it to others. 
    • have the said character ^ not actually die, but go through something so they’d forget the friend of the deceased character is actually an asshole. 

    This way only your readers will know the truth, thus the frustration would be… most enjoyable for you. 

    Satan out.

    sundownwinter:

    22. Don’t kill their body.  Kill their mind.

    Leave the physical shell walking and talking, but strip out everything that made that person who they were.  Make them forget all about their loved ones, themselves, their experiences and past, their skills, and have them have to start over completely from scratch.  Physical and mental disabilities bonus points.

    And keep them in a place where their loved ones will be taunted every day by a living ghost.

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    March 11 2015

    Korrasami is canon.

    bryankonietzko:

    You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story. We received some wonderful press in the wake of the series finale at the end of last week, and just about every piece I read got it right: Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other. 

    Was Korrasami “endgame,” meaning, did we plan it from the start of the series? No, but nothing other than Korra’s spiritual arc was. Asami was a duplicitous spy when Mike and I first conceived her character. Then we liked her too much so we reworked the story to keep her in the dark regarding her father’s villainous activities. Varrick and Zhu Li weren’t originally planned to end up as a couple either, but that’s where we took the story/where the story took us. That’s how writing works the vast majority of the time. You give these characters life and then they tell you what they want to do.

    I have bragging rights as the first Korrasami shipper (I win!). As we wrote Book 1, before the audience had ever laid eyes on Korra and Asami, it was an idea I would kick around the writers’ room. At first we didn’t give it much weight, not because we think same-sex relationships are a joke, but because we never assumed it was something we would ever get away with depicting on an animated show for a kids network in this day and age, or at least in 2010. 

    Makorra was only “endgame” as far as the end of Book 1. Once we got into Book 2 we knew we were going to have them break up, and we never planned on getting them back together. Sorry, friends. I like Mako too, and I am sure he will be just fine in the romance department. He grew up and learned about himself through his relationships with Asami and Korra, and he’s a better person for it, and he’ll be a better partner for whomever he ends up with.

    Once Mako and Korra were through, we focused on developing Korra and Asami’s relationship. Originally, it was primarily intended to be a strong friendship. Frankly, we wanted to set most of the romance business aside for the last two seasons. Personally, at that point I didn’t want Korra to have to end up with someone at the end of series. We obviously did it in Avatar, but even that felt a bit forced to me. I’m usually rolling my eyes when that happens in virtually every action film, “Here we go again…” It was probably around that time that I came across this quote from Hayao Miyazaki:

    “I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live - if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.”

    I agree with him wholeheartedly, especially since the majority of the examples in media portray a female character that is little more than a trophy to be won by the male lead for his derring-do. So Mako and Korra break the typical pattern and end up respecting, admiring, and inspiring each other. That is a resolution I am proud of.

    However, I think there needs to be a counterpart to Miyazaki’s sentiment: Just because two characters of the same sex appear in the same story, it should not preclude the possibility of a romance between them. No, not everyone is queer, but the other side of that coin is that not everyone is straight. The more Korra and Asami’s relationship progressed, the more the idea of a romance between them organically blossomed for us. However, we still operated under this notion, another “unwritten rule,” that we would not be allowed to depict that in our show. So we alluded to it throughout the second half of the series, working in the idea that their trajectory could be heading towards a romance. 

    But as we got close to finishing the finale, the thought struck me: How do I know we can’t openly depict that? No one ever explicitly said so. It was just another assumption based on a paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people. If we want to see that paradigm evolve, we need to take a stand against it. And I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and think, “Man, we could have fought harder for that.” Mike and I talked it over and decided it was important to be unambiguous about the intended relationship. 

    We approached the network and while they were supportive there was a limit to how far we could go with it, as just about every article I read accurately deduced. It was originally written in the script over a year ago that Korra and Asami held hands as they walked into the spirit portal. We went back and forth on it in the storyboards, but later in the retake process I staged a revision where they turned towards each other, clasping both hands in a reverential manner, in a direct reference to Varrick and Zhu Li’s nuptial pose from a few minutes prior. We asked Jeremy Zuckerman to make the music tender and romantic, and he fulfilled the assignment with a sublime score. I think the entire last two-minute sequence with Korra and Asami turned out beautiful, and again, it is a resolution of which I am very proud. I love how their relationship arc took its time, through kindness and caring. If it seems out of the blue to you, I think a second viewing of the last two seasons would show that perhaps you were looking at it only through a hetero lens. 

    Was it a slam-dunk victory for queer representation? I think it falls short of that, but hopefully it is a somewhat significant inching forward. It has been encouraging how well the media and the bulk of the fans have embraced it. Sadly and unsurprisingly, there are also plenty of people who have lashed out with homophobic vitriol and nonsense. It has been my experience that by and large this kind of mindset is a result of a lack of exposure to people whose lives and struggles are different from one’s own, and due to a deficiency in empathy––the latter being a key theme in Book 4. (Despite what you might have heard, bisexual people are real!) I have held plenty of stupid notions throughout my life that were planted there in any number of ways, or even grown out of my own ignorance and flawed personality. Yet through getting to know people from all walks of life, listening to the stories of their experiences, and employing some empathy to try to imagine what it might be like to walk in their shoes, I have been able to shed many hurtful mindsets. I still have a long way to go, and I still have a lot to learn. It is a humbling process and hard work, but nothing on the scale of what anyone who has been marginalized has experienced. It is a worthwhile, lifelong endeavor to try to understand where people are coming from.

    There is the inevitable reaction, “Mike and Bryan just caved in to the fans.” Well, which fans? There were plenty of Makorra shippers out there, so if we had gone back on our decision and gotten those characters back together, would that have meant we caved in to those fans instead? Either direction we went, there would inevitably be a faction that was elated and another that was devastated. Trust me, I remember Kataang vs. Zutara. But one of those directions is going to be the one that feels right to us, and Mike and I have always made both Avatar and Korra for us, first and foremost. We are lucky that so many other people around the world connect with these series as well. Tahno playing trombone––now that was us caving in to the fans!

    But this particular decision wasn’t only done for us. We did it for all our queer friends, family, and colleagues. It is long over due that our media (including children’s media) stops treating non-heterosexual people as nonexistent, or as something merely to be mocked. I’m only sorry it took us so long to have this kind of representation in one of our stories.

    I’ll wrap this up with some incredible words that Mike and I received in a message from a former Korra crew member. He is a deeply religious person who devotes much of his time and energy not only to his faith, but also to helping young people. He and I may have starkly different belief systems, but it is heartwarming and encouraging that on this issue we are aligned in a positive, progressive direction:

    “I’ve read enough reviews to get a sense of how it affected people. One very well-written article in Vanity Fair called it subversive (in a good way, of course)… I would say a better word might be “healing.” I think your finale was healing for a lot of people who feel outside or on the fringes, or that their love and their journey is somehow less real or valuable than someone else’s… That it’s somehow less valid. I know quite a few people in that position, who have a lifetime of that on their shoulders, and in one episode of television you both relieved and validated them. That’s healing in my book.”

    Love,

    Bryan


    January 18 2015

    thatsridicarus

    swiggity-swho-doctor-who:

    avenging-sherl0ck:

    ive-got-new-kidneys:

    limegreendreammachine:

    itsoktobetakei:

    this makes me uncomfortable 

    At which Katniss replied to Professor Xavier, “Allons-y!”

    As she left her home at 221B Baker Street she jumped into her impala 

    and called her dad, poseidon, to take her to the yellow brick road

    Amen.

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    January 09 2015

    thatsridicarus

    November 24 2014

    Actual episodes of Lizzie McGuire:

    • Lizzie and her friends are on a spanish-language game show but don’t know what they’re supposed to do because they do not speak spanish
    • Gordo becomes obsessed with a Dungeons and Dragons-style game called “Dwarflord.” Lizzie and Miranda dress up as fantasy characters to kidnap him and stage an intervention because he’s stopped caring about school.
    • Lizzie and her friends sneak onto the set of an Aaron Carter video. Lizzie makes out with Aaron Carter, and they end up being extras in the video.
    • Miranda develops an eating disorder and, with the help of her friends, recovers completely, all within the span of a few days. As far as the rest of the episodes are concerned, this never happened.
    • Lizzie becomes a “bad girl,” which apparently constitutes wearing 10% punkier clothes, clip-on piercings, and letting another girl cheat on a math test. Once again, this is a chapter of her life that lasts exactly a few days and is never mentioned again.
    • Lizzie becomes Frankie Muniz’ girlfriend.
    • Miranda doesn’t invite Larry Tudgeman, the creepy kid who seemingly does not bathe or do laundry, to her birthday party. Lizzie and Gordo give him a makeover so he’s handsome and charming to show Miranda the error of her ways or something.
    • Gordo teaches Matt karate with the help of David Carradine
    • Matt and Lizzie switch bodies maybe
    • Lizzie and co. sneak into an R-rated movie and get caught because Lizzie saves a dude’s life and gets on the news. Her parents are still mad for some reason.
    • Gordo loves the music of 50s and 60s crooners, but then acts like a giant hipster and pretends to hate it when everyone else starts to like it. He then goes and flies model airplanes in the most sullen way possible until Lizzie and Miranda beg him not to give up on his love of the Rat Pack and come to the lounge-themed dance with them. He says absolutely not, then shows up anyway dressed as Sinatra. Gordo might suffer from undiagnosed personality disorders.
    (source: raptorific)
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    August 04 2014

    thatsridicarus

    shushedshakespeare:

    fivefootfuckyou:

    sh4dows:

    some authors could really use a “plot twist limit” or a “you’ve killed too many characters already” notification you know

    image

    I feel like this targets George R. R. Martin specifically
    I remember being traumatized after the Red Wedding.

    Reposted bymolotovcupcakeKurkaWyluzujmypatronusisanimpalaTomred97schaaf

    January 10 2014

    robinhook:

    diabanrion:

    The new Harry Potter is gonna be set in the 1920’s and so was the Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby saw a green light across the lake I’m not saying death eaters but death eaters

    #avada kedavra old sport

    December 23 2013

    thatsridicarus

    May 13 2013

    thatsridicarus

    schazam:

    Elizabeth Báthory is one of the most prolific serial killers in all of history.

    She was born into nobility and was highly educated but also very vain.

    One day, infuriated, Elizabeth struck one of her servant girls so hard that some blood dripped from her face onto Elizabeth’s hand and she immediately thought that her skin took on a glowing freshness of her young maid.

    Elizabeth believed she had found the secret of eternal youth. After this, women were abducted and hung upside down, while they were still alive and their throats were slit to prepare Elizabeth’s bath.

    The Countess of Transylvania and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls, with one witness attributing to them over 650 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. Elizabeth herself was neither tried nor convicted.

    Can I just time in here and say a few things, since half of what is written here is straight from the wikipedia page, which don’t get me wrong —it’s accurate— but extremely underwhelming.

    “Elizabeth” Erzebet Bathory was so much more than some vain bitch who killed over 650 women, she was a vain bitch who could speak and write more than two languages, in a time where a woman writing one was unheard of. She was raised mostly by her very infamous openly bisexual aunt, and was a torturer and a murderer before she was 14 (rumored).

    This woman was the person who made the villagers quake in both fear and revelation, that the courts refused to take action against when young girls started dissapearing, when bodies started being found. She OWNED the country, her family was richer then even the Lords presiding over it, she had all the say.

    Her and her ‘accomplices” (which by the way, they were extremely trusted, and unlike her, they were executed without mercy when the truth came out), would gather village children who their parents practically threw their way in hopes of a better future, although the children would never live again. She didn’t only hang them, she caged them, used iron maidens, spears, so many different objects. And the whole ‘bathing in blood’ thing, although is technically can be true, that and the whole striking her maid is all exagerrated to add to the story. Her and her husband got off to killing, literally, they liked the screams. If she bathed in blood, it wasn’t to be younger, it was to enjoy their life ending. Not to say she wasn’t vain, but for good reason. She was considered the most beautiful woman in Hungary for all of her days.

    And she technically was tried, although as I said before she practically owned the country, they couldn’t actually kill her. But she had killed another young girl of noble blood, and that couldn’t just be set aside. So instead of execution, they sentenced her to house arrest for the rest of her days, unable to punish her for all the women she had killed.

    Also, she had three children, and regardless of her murderous ways it was said that she had been a wonderful, loving mother. Strange how the ‘vain blood mistress’ can be more than just, isn’t it?

    I could go on and on about this woman, I’ve read and watched basically everything pertaining to her due to reports and essays that I wrote when I was younger, and even though she was a horrifying murderer, she deserves a bit more than ‘blood bitch’.

    (via kyoko-japaneseflower)

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    May 05 2013

    thatsridicarus
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    How to play chess properly

    sweet-bitsy:

    lampsarepeopletoo:

    punsicle:

    hurdygurdygirl:

    This is how I’d play chess

    I HAVE NEVER LOVED A VIDEO SO DEARLY

    HOLY SH*T

    Isn’t this how everyone plays

    Again, what the actual fuck just happened.
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    March 31 2013

    thatsridicarus

    People, I don’t think you understand the full extend of what it would mean if there really are several Persona 3 Movies!

    nenilein:

    OK, OK, so it’s common knowledge now that the movie will be numbered. Meaning there’s likely gonne be more than one P3 Movie.

    Moreover, people have already theorized that maybe the Movies will cover both Storylines of P3(P), meaning we would be getting this girl in some sort or form:

    image

    This in itself sounds amazing and would make sense and I am all for it. However, most people just refer to this as there being “alternate Versions of the Movie”, as if one wouldn’t be Canon if that happened. 

    I don’t think people have quite understood yet that the FeMC Storyline is not “Non-Canon”.

    Read More

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    October 19 2012

    thatsridicarus
    Hypable:
    Great proof that HARRY POTTER is symmetrical!
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    October 12 2012

    thatsridicarus
    Canadian stereotype comics.
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    September 05 2012

    thatsridicarus

    How Not to Play Persona 3by ~ancret

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    August 25 2012

    August 24 2012

    thatsridicarus

    celticcherokee:

    Once upon a time…

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    May 18 2012

    thatsridicarus

    thehungergameshgf:

            *remove the love triangle*

    • Hunger Games: Televised fight to the death. 
    • Twilight: a girl who moves to a rainy town.

    Moral: Twilight is a story about a love triangle that makes sense to have a love triangle, Hunger Games is a kind of cool plot completely taken over by a poorly written love triangle.

    Is this supposed to be a valid criticism? A ROMANCE novel focuses on ROMANCE? Who gives a shit? It doesn’t make your shitty movie better that some other movie does what it was supposed to do.

    Also Twilight would still be about vampires and werewolves.

    Also it’s stupid debating over shit like this because the greatest film of all time is Con-Air and it’s already been made.

    Also why am I bothering to respond to this.

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    July 20 2011

    thatsridicarus
    No wonder most movies get cliche & overused easily
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    March 25 2011

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