Diving head first into the intricate worlds of superheroes, movies, and all things pop culture.
Fictional Leaders You May Or May Not Want in Charge!
The Good: Tony Stark (Iron Man): While most (all) leaders would flounder to attain Tony Stark’s dynamic blend of charismatic confidence, intellect and cyberespionage, he does impart a notable template of how to function as a professional, while remaining exceedingly personable and also outrageously riveting. One of the fundamental lessons from Tony Stark, is how to adapt, learn and then overcome. This is demonstrated in Iron Man 2 and then in The Avengers. We see Tony’s suit get ravaged when entangled in Whiplash’s electricity, yet when zapped by Thor’s thunder, the suit absorbs, converting it into devastating weaponized energy. He’s not encountering identical troubles twice! Additionally, Stark is a source of inspiration for his invaluable propensity for transforming every minute into a productive and triumphant one, and whilst sleep deprivation is not recommended, it sure did help Tony to construct multiple contemporary suits of armour, all with different capabilities to handle anything from bomb disposal to assistance in natural catastrophes, whilst he wrestled with the emotional trauma of almost perishing on a distant planet. Repeatedly our own leaders are criticised for not having a plan B or C, and in some unfortunate circumstances of haplessness, a plan A! Well, Iron Man always comes with a contingency programme. Whether that is summoning a fleet of iron suits to assist in a skirmish, manufacturing a nimble way to get in and out of his armour or developing profoundly durable Hulk resistant armaments should the notoriously unstable green machine rage violently out of control (which inevitably happened in Avengers: Age of Ultron). There are more than a few ways in which Tony Stark exhibits desirable leadership skills, and it cannot be argued that having him in power would lead to a technologically advanced, perpetually prepared and ultimately, more entertaining society!
Fanfiction Tips and Tricks No. 1: Characters
The best place to start when creating fanfiction is creating your character. You want them to be believable, but also a touch out of reality to allow them to be fully settled in their world. Because, chances are, your character is going to be living, breathing, and co-existing with characters from a fantasy world, be it, Marvel, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, or Vampire Diaries. And as the image shows above, nobody likes Mary Sue. A Mary Sue, according to Wikipedia, is '...a type of fictional character, usually a young woman, who is portrayed as unrealistically free of weaknesses. A male character with similar traits is coined a Marty Stu or a Gary Stu.'
Drawn Together: the animated series for adults that questioned fame
In 2004, the TV channel Comedy Central premiered the adult animated series Drawn Together, which anticipated the current way to fame. Drawn Together is a parody of the famous international reality show Big Brother, where 8 characters are locked up to become celebrities. Each member of Drawn Together is a parody of a famous fictional character. None of them have any specific talent, but their controversial personalities may be the cause of the fame they seek. Without intending to, Drawn Together anticipated today's fame, where many celebrities do not come from acting, music, fashion or dance. Today's celebrities are born in any of the social networks or emerged from a successful reality show. Below is a brief description of the characters in Drawn Together.
Passing the Torch
As my grandfather struck his hammer against the ember steel, the sparks that flew up; danced round the sky like a Chinese dragon during a New Year's parade. When it came to being a weaponsmith, he managed to form every weapon without ever flinching. And never burning his face from the ricochet against the steel. It had been an exhausting voyage for any swordsman to reach the summit of Mount Shira to get the honorary steel of the Shira clan.
Okay, I was inspired to do this by my daughter, who is also on vocal (M. N. Negus). She is currently doing a series turning the Avengers into playable Dungeons and Dragons characters. So, I thought I might as well do the villains, and who better to start with then my favorite Spiderman villain of all time (his movie happens to come out April 1st): Morbius the Living Vampire.
Heard the chime the moment he crossed the threshold. He looked at all the items in the store. Some were very common magical items, some were uncommon, but he new the good stuff was in the back. Nico didn't care for these things he was here for a special order. He reached the counter and noticed a little red haired girl sitting on top of it. She smiled at him.
Fanfiction: Why It's Useful to Teach Your Kids How To Write
Do you ever wonder why your kid, pre-teen, or teenager, spends hours on a writing forum called Wattpad? or Archive of Our Own (also known as AO3)? or the less popular sites such as Fanfiction.net?
Burnout and Jealousy: Fanfiction Edition
When I first started writing, I naively thought I'd never get burned out. Here I was at the height of the pandemic writing thousands of words a day. Nearly all of it was fanfiction, nothing I can really claim as my own, I guess, but I was homeschooled and had nothing to do but write. I remember that I started my Tumblr blog back in January of 2020. At the time, I was sixteen. Simultaneously, I was writing on Wattpad.
What Order To Read Wheel of Time?
Some call it the American version of Game of Thrones, while others call it a competitor to Vikings. Whatever you want to call Wheel of Time, the thing is, it is amongst the best American cinema has produced in terms of fantasy.
I Though This was Over(A Code Lyoko Fanfic) Chapter 10 & 11: Chats
links to the last two chapters: Chapter 8: What do you Think? part I Chapter 9: what do you think part II For more chapters visit: This Google Doc
Why I HATE Fanfiction
For a lot of us, the Vocal+ fiction awards represented one of the biggest competitions we have taken part in. Myself, I didn't even make it to the second stage. That may be part of the reason why I've stepped away from fiction for a little break.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" vs "Twilight"
By fanfiction we mean the continuation of a cult story by fans. Readers hungry for more material can continue the story, fill in the gaps, resurrect their favorites, create sequels or prequels. In the case of the fanfiction of “Twilight” by S. Meyer, or the infamous, inflated, “Fifty Shades of Grey” — where Grey stands for Grey but also for the surname of the icy, embalmed, stockfishic protagonist — more than a continuation it is a question of a parody by which the writer Erika James was carried away.