Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Let’s talk about the Mary Sue. It’s damn-near iconic in the literary world by now, but for those uninitiated, it derives from the name of a self-inserted character that appeared in an old Star Trek fan-fiction someone wrote.

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It was bad, I s’pose…

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The Case for Canto Bight

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a great film. Or it was a terrible film. Or it was a good film, but a bad Star Wars film. I dunno, I can’t keep up anymore.

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At least we can all agree it was, indeed, a movie. Right…?

I’m a fan of Star Wars, as I’ve said before. Personally, I had a lot of fun with the new film. I was able to see it twice, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially in getting to catch certain things that I missed on my first viewing. There are a lot of things people have talked about regarding the movie, from the way certain characters were portrayed, how the universe continued to work, and where the narrative took us. In this article, however, I would like to talk about one specific element that I’ve heard criticized consistently, and that probably sticks with me the most. Obviously, massive spoilers ahead after the jump.

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It’s Always Been a While

Yes, I’m not dead, which is probably pretty obvious since I’m a bit more active on my Facebook page and much more active on Twitter. For the most part over the last little while I have been keeping my head down, nose to the grindstone, as it were, hence why I haven’t made a lot of blog posts, despite the myriad topics I would have loved to cover, but never quite felt like I could articulate them well enough. Click past the jump to find out what I’ve been working on!

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Bite-sized Fiction

Hello there, bookworms! In the process of getting other writing projects finished, I completely forgot about some flash-fiction I had written not long ago that I wanted to share with everyone. Flash-fiction is a lot of fun for exploring smaller ideas and sometimes even as a launchpad for a grander one.

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The Busters of Ghostbusting

Today is “Administrative Professionals Day,” yet another day where a calendar suggests that we respect a certain person, when in reality we should just respect everyone who deserves it all the time for the hard work they do in any field. Anyway, Sony released a video today coinciding with the release of the 2016 version of Ghostbusters (which I previously talked about how I’m not really concerned), which focused solely on Chris Hemsworth’s character Kevin, the receptionist for the ghostbusters.

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Dr. Spenglerlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot

So! The trailer for the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters arrived on the ‘net recently, to “mixed” reactions, and once again I find myself smack dab in the middle of a fandom that is eating itself alive (stay classy Final Fantasy and Devil May Cry). Here we have both the initial announcement trailer, and the international one, which has some different scenes.

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What’s In A Name? That Which We Call Final Fantasy

It may come as no small surprise that I’m an avid fan of the Final Fantasy franchise, and truthfully, the whole of the products that Square-Enix creates, since their styles I dig permeate through each and every one of those products.

I’ve been a fan pretty much since I played Final Fantasy back on the NES, and that love was solidified with Final Fantasy VI (III at the time) on the SNES. I’ve also been in love with Secret of ManaChrono Trigger, and Vagrant Story just to name a few of their non-FF games.

 

Vagrant Story Reinforcements

Vagrant Story is the quintessential dungeon crawler for me. Ashley Riot? The quintessential swashbuckling badass

 

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