Aint nobody fuckin’ with my clique
I can’t remember a single human character from the Godzilla movies of my youth, but “Pacific Rim” spends a respectable amount of time establishing memorable personalities for the Jaeger pilots, scientists and supporting cast — an impressively diverse crowd who must band together to “cancel the apocalypse” (instead of relying on a lone white hero to save the day, the way American movies typically do).
Rather than focusing on the first giant monster to cross the inter-dimensional portal, the film leaps forward a decade or so into mankind’s standoff against the kaiju to depict the big-daddy battle they hope will end the war. Pause just a moment to consider the ambition here: Whereas most summer movies tentatively attempt to establish a franchise, del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham dive into a full-blown sci-fi scenario determined to tell the best possible story the first time around.
Variety: Do Critics Have the Wrong Idea About “Pacific Rim” Director Guillermo Del Toro.
This brings up something I’ve been wanting to say about writing for awhile — something that it’s taken me nearly 20 years of reading and writing both derivative and nonderivative (though truly, nothing is nonderivative so much as it just has the serial numbers filed down and the seams cleverly hidden) fiction. And that is this — fanfic writers have a trick they can pull that is audacious and amazing, and just slings a reader into the world headlong; they treat the reader as if they already KNOW the world, and don’t need the pedestrian details explained to them.
This is generally because they and their readers already share a canon, but what other fiction writers (especially of F/SF) often miss is that ALL readers of fantasy and science fiction share a canon — they’re humans, and they’re smart enough to read, and they’re curious enough to read about things that will never be true. AND when you drop a reader into a new world headlong and just expect that they’re going to land on their feet and roll with what you give them, you are affording that reader one hell of a lot of respect for being smart and intellectually agile. And — here’s the big kicker — READERS LOVE THAT.
People don’t buy F/SF books to be spoonfed effortless amusement — there are other genres for that — they buy those kinds of books because the challenge to their imaginations and their intellects is stimulating in a world that increasingly strips real stimulation and challenge away from us. Corporate drones don’t get a lot of call to use their imaginations over their basic territorial and combat skills these days, believe me, and secretaries and baristas get even less outlet for the brains that raised their ancestors from all fours.
So the way that fan writers write — the same way that Del Toro and Travis Beacham tackled Pacific Rim — is an advantage in writing fiction intended for sale too. That ability to launch a tale not only in medias res, but with full world immersion and no translation labels on the nearby objects. And that is a very good skill for writers to have.
My first experience being respected by a writer and thrown headlong into a world the nature of which I had to deduce was with Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun at age twelve or so. It made a deep, deep impression.
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got my ship on Hadrea today so I can take her to RP parties!
*screams a lot about the first conversation on the ship with a certain person*
*screams more about no same-sex companion romances*
Also, looking around for locations for the Coruscant and the Kaas holiday parties. Also will be announcing dates soon!
- A situation from their past
- Their feelings/opinions on something
- What they would do in a hypothetical situation
- Why they act a certain way
- A person they know or once knew
- Anything you’re curious about or want more details on
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cptprocrastination asked: "You look beautiful, but you don’t look fine."
Not exactly in those words, but it inspired the ending scene of this!
In which Cyclone Squad rescues Loren Fidelis and Ishev assists Ellekai.
I don’t know if this has been done before but I’m curious to see how many Trekkies are out there.. so reblog if you’re a fan, whether it’s tos, next generation, the reboot films or any other makings of it..
Cat recieved the prompt “You look beautiful, but you don’t look fine.” from this meme, thought of Ishev and Ellekai, and challenged me to invert the assumed speaker/addressee. So I wrote a thing. It’s challenging to get across my sense of how they communicate, but I think I’m getting better at it.
Ellekai found Ishev on a balcony with the french doors flung outward to the courtyard, braced against the balustrade, absorbing cool evening air and silence. She overwhelmed easily in social situations; this was usually her retreat. Finding him here was unusual.
“Hey. How are you holding up?”
The imagery in this piece is flawless. “His presence in the Force sought hers, and they folded together like hands clasping.” is outstanding. I feel like the Force, using it, communicating with it, is so impression-based that it has to be communicated in impressions and allusions, and there’s a awesome job in here of conveying that.
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