laughing at the idea that philip might have been way shorter that Amabel and she’s there in her lab imagining this 6’8 buff as fuck rescue person with a gun and all she gets is a skinny nerd and his glowstick
you can get away with more if you include love in your story because, well, everyone is obsessed with dating and attraction and “success” at finding a reliable source of romantic love to fill that slot in their lives. so all you have to do is kind of indicate “my characters are interested in each other,” and audiences will just insert their obsession with all things dating right into your story. they’ll fill in the gaps and bring their own compelling emotions, so the writer doesn’t have to bother with any of that hard work themselves. this is even more true if you’re writing fic for an audience made up entirely of fans who already ship it.
the reason it comes under so much scrutiny is that some of us have become self-aware. i don’t have much of anything to project onto love stories, so about 98% of them fall flat for me because the writers didn’t bother actually showing why i should care.
and also because people want it to be perfect.
I think that’s true of a lot of wish fulfillment-type stuff: people want to see it, so they don’t question too much when someone makes some vague indications in that direction. Except that doesn’t work on people who don’t want that kind of wish fulfillment, so they require something more to enjoy it. It’s not much different for romance than it is for, say, awesome battle sequences, I think.
As for how romance compares to friendship, well, friendship in fiction tends to be a lot more low-key than romance does, so it does come under less scrutiny because of that, but it’s also a bit more difficult to convince people that the characters are actually meant to be close friends. In addition, of course, to the fact that falling in love is a wish fulfillment fantasy for a lot more people than having good friends is.
cottontailcake replied to your post “sherlock spoilers yo [[MOR]so the john/sherlock shippers are doing…”"Why can’t we have both?" — alright, I’d be /far/ more likely to talk about the latter half of what you said here than these john/sherlock shippers, mainly because I just don’t believe them. Though… Hm… *trails off into frolicking fields of plunnies*
there must be a shipper out there somewhere who does it without throwing out all the character development. there’s no reason it can’t be both ways. but they apparently don’t have the internet.
i don’t really hate john/sherlock shippers or anything. i’m just really sick of being told from all sides that all writing has to be about people pairing up. lazy writing has to be about people pairing up. and i don’t get how someone can be such a big fan of a character, yet so totally uninterested in that character at the same time, so that they’d ship the hell out of them but also be blind to any actual character traits or development.
anyway, tell me about this plunny.
Well, it seems to me that a lot of shippers are considerably more interested in one half of their favorite pairings than in the other. And even then a lot of them don’t seem to really get that character and just go with some surface traits and whatever else they feel like adding. I’m sure there are others, though, it’s just that the others are so much more common/loud that they always seem to be the first ones you see when you look at a pairing.
Also, yeah, it’s kind of stupid how hard it is to find fic when you don’t want any pairings (and also how many movies have a shoehorned-in love interest). I mean, love stories can be nice and all, but I want other things too, and there are a lot of characters that I’m just not interested in seeing fall in love.
So, a PS3/Xbox 360/PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation came out recently. Speaking as someone who wants to see more diversity in gaming, allow me to be very clear about this:
It is an entry in a major franchise starring a female POC.
PLEASE BUY THIS GAME!
I was previously only available on Vita, which not many people own, so I understand if it didn’t do great sales-wise there. But now it’s on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Hundreds of millions of people own these systems. If you play games, chances are you own one of these consoles. And it’s on PC! There are 75 Million Steam Users! Chances are, you own something that can play this game.
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I want to see more games with diverse protagonists. I want to see more games where a protagonists fights for the downtrodden. I want to see less games about short-haired, grizzled white dudes fighting for ‘Murica or (if the game is sci-fi) Space ‘Murica.
PLEASE BUY THIS GAME.
It’s a new release, but it’s only twenty dollars. You can probably afford twenty dollars. Have spaghetti one night instead of going out. Make coffee at home for a few days instead of going to Starbucks. Save up the twenty dollars and…say it with me now…
PLEASE BUY THIS GAME
I follow games closely, and there were only three (major release, non-indie) games I can think of last year that had female protagonists: Tomb Raider, Remember Me, and Beyond: Two Souls. Tomb Raider, despite being a big brand, only broke even after being out for eight months and was considered a sales disappointment. Remember Me did terribly in sales (I’m having trouble finding official sales figures, but the scuttlebutt puts it around 140K). Beyond: Two Souls sold a million units, which is not bad for a PS3 exclusive with non-standard gameplay, but was good enough to do better, in my opinion.
PLEASE BUY THIS GAME
The reason we get a bunch of Call of Duty clones is that Call of Duty sells a fuck ton. I’m not holding it against the game developers. They are businesses. They want to make money. I understand that. So tell them by buying this game. It’s a digital download. You can log on to your PS3, Xbox, or Steam and purchase this game. Please do so. I’m going to do so. I want more games like this.
Female protagonist! POC protagonist! Fighting against slavery! $20! Go get it!
Please buy this game ! We need more diversity in games !
OH SO THIS IS WHY I GOT A STEAM ACCOUNT!!!
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