It physically hurts my body to see how they’ve changed
It physically hurts my body to see how they’ve changed
writing adult emails is awful
hi [name of person],
this formatting is making me uncomfortable but I have to tell you something / ask you something that is vital to my career as a student.
I re-read and edited that sentence for an hour, but you’ll probably just glance over it for half a second.
brotp? oh, yeah. okay. they’re totally a brotp. best bros. bros for life. bros MARRIED for life. bros who make out all the time. bros who confess their feelings on a summer night in a field of tall grass. it was windy and there were fireflies
I saw the really useful response the other day on, effectively, female YA genre tropes. I did notice you have something up about common male stereotypes but is there anything about the YA genre that people need to stop doing when it comes to boys/men?
1) The enigmatic super special boy is a male character I’ve talk about many times before. From an old post:
The one character that I hate the most is the brooding, pale, enigmatic, possibly abusive teenage boy. This character exploded in popularity after Twilight came out and now he’s everywhere. He’s rude, he doesn’t have ambition or motive, he’s abusive, he’s manipulative, he tries too hard to be cool, and, for some reason, he keeps harassing the female protagonist until she falls in love with him.
He hates everyone and never talks to his classmates, but suddenly he’s intrigued with the female protagonist despite her being practically invisible. He opens up his world to her (or she intrudes) and suddenly! her life changes and this mysterious boy will protect her forever while abusing her at the same time.
The problem with this character is that he never suffers for his actions. There are no consequences for this behavior. Everyone worships him or lets him get away with anything and everything. This promotes unhealthy and abusive behavior as romantic or desirable.
2) The jerk genius who gets away with everything. This character can be female, but that is rare. The jerk genius is the arrogant guy who knows everything and who humiliates and manipulates other people because “they deserve it” for not being as intelligent. They’re written as desirable and as cool. They have no manners, they disrespect boundaries, and they’re rude in most aspects.
If you write a jerk genius, please write in the consequences of being a jerk genius.
3) The Gary Stu. It’s rare that I find Mary Sues and Gary Stus as I define them and when I do they’re usually written by writers who are inexperienced. But lately, I’ve noticed that the Gary Stu is showing up in YA fiction. Everything about them is perfect. They’re always right about everything and nothing they do is shown as wrong or a mistake. They look perfect, they sound perfect, either everyone loves them or hates them/is afraid of them (and they’re usually the enigmatic super special boy in the latter case), and they’re often a side character that the main character ends up viewing as the perfect human being.
4) The tortured hero who pushes everyone away with cheesy lines that sound like they’re from an 80s action/sci fi movie. If you’re writing a great warrior who suddenly falls away from society because a friend died in battle or through other means, you’re not writing a great warrior. Your character, if trained in combat or war or something else, will probably be aware that death is probable in certain situations. They probably know a lot of people who have died. Pushing everyone away so that they’ll live is a pretty narcissistic move on your character’s part if they think they’re just so unlucky that death only shows up when they’re around.
This character never overcomes their faults or fears. They don’t change throughout the story and at the end (or when they leave if they’re not the protagonist), they walk off alone. Their first appearance is what I find most annoying because they show up all angsty and tough, claiming they work alone while the naive protagonist chases after them, only to almost fall in a trap that the author uses as an opportunity to show how seasoned this new character is and to show how incompetent the protagonist is.
This character doesn’t need to disappear, but they definitely need to be more developed and they need to go through some changes.
5) The male version of the “virgin vs whore” trope is really annoying. One boy is the enigmatic super special boy with a dark side and an element of danger while the other boy is kind, generous, warm, a “good influence”, and sometimes referred to as “brotherly”. There’s often a female character between them and these two characters fight throughout the entire story. They’re complete opposites and they never really change over time.
6) That gay character that is 1) a stereotype, 2) Super Masculine Man who is closeted/bullies gay people/is used for comedic effect, or 3) in the closet politician who is having an affair. It seems like all gay men fall into one of these three categories in mainstream media.
The Sound of Silence is a horror games that dynamically adapts to a person’s greatest fear. It will deliver a different experience to each player. The game is said to be released in early 2014.
You can view the full concept idea of it here: X
I’ve been waiting so long for this exact concept to be utilized in a horror game. Looks promising.
I have like 64 different laughs all ranging from cute bunny giggles to run the kraken is upon us
I am a reader. I am a writer. People assume I do these things to escape. You couldn’t be more right. I’m escaping a world I don’t like. A world I have no control in. In this world, I am nothing. I am a color, a height, a weight, a number. But in the world of books and writing, I am amazing. I am powerful. I am different. People are better. Worlds are endless. Change is possible. Life is manageable.
Isn’t it nice how people twist their religious scripture to suit their weds but when it’s used against them it’s suddenly not okay
I talked to a monk about this quote once (we have mutual friends, and he came to a New Year’s Eve party at my shared art studio). He said this isn’t even talking about homosexuality. That the bible never actually says homosexuality is wrong. What that passage means is this:
Women were treated as subservient and it that you shouldn’t treat other men as subservient, like they are beneath you. It is not talking about homosexuality. If it was, it would say it outright since the bible lists other things outright.
I take the word of a monk who have studied the bible extensively more than a self proclaimed Christian.
The above text, I would like to point out is from the point of view of this translation of the original Hebrew. I spoke with my cousin’s rabbi on the matter and his response was different, saying that it was a mistranslation. See, the true translation says that a man shall not lie with another in the bed of a woman, which is to say, the Hebrews had a shit ton of rules about when a man was or was not allowed in a woman’s bed and private quarters (including, if she didn’t want you there, you weren’t allowed there. Hebrew women were also allowed to divorce their husbands and the image of the ‘oppressive Hebrew people’ is an image that was propogated by Christianity which, historically speaking, doesn’t treat the Jewish people too well and liked to paint them as being rather barbaric and backwards and cultish with their traditions, which, another piece of fun info, their traditions were one of the main reasons why the Jewish people were less likely, in medieval times, to die of the plague. Because washing your hands and avoiding the dead and vermin and the like was a lot of help. Of course the Christians persecuted them for not dying but that’s another matter. I’m sidetracked). So the verse is literally saying ‘Don’t fuck in some lady’s bed because that’s just goddamn rude’
Also, whenever a Christian brings the book of Leviticus up, you should feel free to point out that these are rules that were given to make the Hebrew people prepared for when the son of God came to earth. In Christianity, it’s believed the son of God was Jesus. So by following the rules set in Leviticus or pushing them as things we should follow, they’re saying that Jesus was not the son of God, and that Jesus did not, in fact, die for our sins. Jewish people believe, in their faith, that the son of God hasn’t yet been born, so many choose to follow these rules.
Most people of course roll their eyes when I explain the translation of the verse (full breakdown found here) but it’s always fun to point out the nature of the rules in Leviticus and the implications of following them.
I’m a theology student and I am on the verge of crying because of how accurate this commentary is. Historical context is simultaneously the most interesting and most important part of interpreting any texts.
Most religious people seem to base their beliefs on things that are severely mistranslated. I wish they would do their research before using the bible for hate.
I studied theology extensively and was going to become a theologist until I switched majors. The above commentary is 100% accurate and what I try to stress in a lot if conversations with Bible Thumpers.
Jesus also affirms the homosexual relationship between the Roman Centurion and his “slave”. The particular Greek word used to refer to this special slave was “pais”. Greek language studies and contexts show that a “pais” was a male love slave. Regular slaves were called “dolos”. The Centurion makes this distinction clearly when he asks Jesus to heal his slave (pais), and then to prove his status he tells Jesus that his slaves (dolos) go when he tells them to. But this slave (pais) was special. He was the Centurion’s lover.
Hearing this, Jesus was so amazed he says he had not found ANYONE ELSE who had such great faith. He then blesses the Centurion and heals his male lover.
THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY TEACHES ABOUT SAME SEX COUPLES.
In short, the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce.
I spoke with a Friar who learned Biblical hebrew after he joined the seminary because he wanted to read the texts “in their original version”
Man, he was almost laughing when we started talking about the number of things that are misread today
Historical context ftw!!
And this is why I have long applauded Islam for its focus on reading the Qur’an in Arabic.
it’s just so funny how you can just click with some people but not others, like you can meet a new friend who completely gets you in like 2 weeks and yet have a parent or relative who still doesn’t know your simplest likes and dislikes after 20 years. its weird
the first 30 seconds of this video is seriously the best thing in the world