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oooh have you ever done a post about the ridiculous mandatory twist endings in old sci-fi and horror comics? Like when the guy at the end would be like "I saved the Earth from Martians because I am in fact a Vensuvian who has sworn to protect our sister planet!" with no build up whatsoever.
Yeah, that is a good question - why do some scifi twist endings fail?
As a teenager obsessed with Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, I bought every single one of Rod Serling’s guides to writing. I wanted to know what he knew.
The reason that Rod Serling’s twist endings work is because they “answer the question” that the story raised in the first place. They are connected to the very clear reason to even tell the story at all. Rod’s story structures were all about starting off with a question, the way he did in his script for Planet of the Apes (yes, Rod Serling wrote the script for Planet of the Apes, which makes sense, since it feels like a Twilight Zone episode): “is mankind inherently violent and self-destructive?” The plot of Planet of the Apes argues the point back and forth, and finally, we get an answer to the question: the Planet of the Apes was earth, after we destroyed ourselves. The reason the ending has “oomph” is because it answers the question that the story asked.
My friend and fellow Rod Serling fan Brian McDonald wrote an article about this where he explains everything beautifully. Check it out. His articles are all worth reading and he’s one of the most intelligent guys I’ve run into if you want to know how to be a better writer.
According to Rod Serling, every story has three parts: proposal, argument, and conclusion. Proposal is where you express the idea the story will go over, like, “are humans violent and self destructive?” Argument is where the characters go back and forth on this, and conclusion is where you answer the question the story raised in a definitive and clear fashion.
The reason that a lot of twist endings like those of M. Night Shyamalan’s and a lot of the 1950s horror comics fail is that they’re just a thing that happens instead of being connected to the theme of the story.
One of the most effective and memorable “final panels” in old scifi comics is EC Comics’ “Judgment Day,” where an astronaut from an enlightened earth visits a backward planet divided between orange and blue robots, where one group has more rights than the other. The point of the story is “is prejudice permanent, and will things ever get better?” And in the final panel, the astronaut from earth takes his helmet off and reveals he is a black man, answering the question the story raised.
super simple low-effort ao3 summary methods that are 1000% better and 1000% less annoying than just saying you suck at summaries:
copypaste the first few lines of the fic. u already wrote ‘em. let ‘em be their own damn hook
if ur feeling fancy & don’t mind showing ur hand a bit, copypaste the first few lines of the fic that u feel are esp. Important or Interesting - the ones where u first start getting into the real meat of things
state the main tropes! theyre probably already in ur tags - just say them again - maybe as a full sentence if ur feelin fancy. or with a joke if ur feelin Extra fancy
ask a question. pose a hypothetical. eg what happens if u take [character] and put them in [situation]?
make an equation. [character] + [thing] = [outcome]
just write like a one-sentence summary of what the fuck is going down. just one (1) sentence. doesnt matter if it doesn’t cover every important aspect. or if it sounds bland. any summary sentence is gonna be miles better than “idk i suck at summaries”
just…explain the fic like u would to a friend? it doesnt have to be a polished back of the book blurb. it can just be “[pairing] coffee shop au, but like, still with murder, and also i made everyone trans. enjoy”
just stick a meme in there
honestly who cares
just put literally anything but a self deprecating comment in there & ur golden
I haven't finished reading Wise Man's Fear yet. I know some of what happens in the latter end and I will need to prepare myself to get through those scenes. I still wanted to say this now.
It is your right as a reader to interpret the story however you want, whether you take it as an unreliable narrator or Kvothe being honest is up to you. In some ways its easier to take it as not entirely what happened. For myself though, I do say Kvothe is being honest, warts and all.
So if you take it that way there are two things I think you have to accept upfront or the story simply doesn't work. This is a tragedy, the last words of the opening are "a man waiting to die." As far as the retelling goes, it will NOT have a happy ending. He is a broken hero telling his story, and it did not turn out good for him. You have to accept that upfront and the story makes that clear in the beginning.
The second: This is Kvothe's story. You are not getting another story. You are not getting another protagonist. The story begins and ends with him. And he is by no means perfect. He is capable, powerful, and simply just very skilled in many ways, but his head is in many ways also shoved firmly up his own ass. He is both, those things have NEVER been mutually exclusive. He is in all likelihood going to be the cause of his own downfall. And the story would not be this story if he were not both. You can like him and dislike him at the same time, as far as I am concerned you are supposed to.
Once you accept both you can take this story in and enjoy a wonderfully painted tragedy. For my part I want the frame story to end with Kvothe getting the catharsis he needs to live his life again, but I am not going to put my hopes in that. This is a tragedy, we are likely not getting a happy ending to either story, but we can still love the story for what it is and will be.
I still think that my favorite urban legend/folklore fact is that there are certain areas in New Orleans where you cannot get a taxi late at night not because it isn’t safe, but because taxi companies have had recurring problems of picking up ghosts in those areas who are not aware that they are dead and disappearing from the cab before reaching the destination and therefore stiffing the driver on the fare causing a loss for the company.
Hi! Do you have any non replica favourite il muto sets, costumes, wigs etc.?
Good question! Overall, for the sets, I love it when there’s both a touch of beauty and an element of surprise going on. Il Muto should be fun, light, entertaining, and when the sets manage to play on this I’m a happy camper.
For example, the Hungarian set is beautiful with the gilded green walls and ornate pink couch/bed. I think it’s one of the mot beautiful non-replica Il Muto sets out there. But note too the oval frame on the wall, where the fops appear and spy on the amorous couple. Love it.
I also enjoy the many quirks in the Restaged Tour. Again, the set itself is nice, with clean sgraffito like wall paintings, a centrally placed chaise-longue, a boudoir, a closet, a screen and a harp. Don Attilio obvious appears in the closet (d’oh), and overall there is a playful touch to how the scene is played out:
It’s also nicely framed by the golden proscenium and boxes:
Yet another beauty is the Norwegian/Greek set. It’s quite similar to the Restaged Tour one, with painted walls, an overall pink/gold colour scheme, a chaise-longue and screen etc. Here too it’s nicely framed by the proscenium and boxes, but I like this proscenium and the chandelier a lot better than the tour’s. So overall a nice one:
Costume wise, I think the Czech production always has cool, colourful costumes going on, so also in Il Muto. Cute main attires, gigantic Countess and Confidante dresses, sharp Don Attilio:
Their Sylvan Glade is in the same vein - cute, colourful and pretty costumes, towards a nice landscape set:
Another nice Sylvan Glade set is the Polish one. I often find the Polish production too projection heavy, but for the Il Muto ballet I think they’re able to create a sense of magical moonlight lit landscape and sylphides flickering in the moon beams. Very pretty:
Another favourite is the Norwegian/Greek one. I like the abstract forest landscape framed by the golden proscenium and chandelier, and the very pretty Rococoesque costumes with corseted bodices and feather light skirts:
Of individual Il Muto costumes, I think the Countess dress looked very neat in Greece, as worn by Lara Martins:
The same goes for the near identical Carlotta and Christine countess dresses in Finland/Sweden (if we can ignore Carlotta’s shoes, dear GOD the shoes...)
Quinto Ott, Don Attilio in the Restaged US Tour always put on the A-game when it came to his makeup. I think this photo from is Instagram sums it up perfectly!
And then for two I don’t really love, not with my heart. But I’m intellectually entertained by them. First, the blatant Vivienne Westwood spin on Il Muto in Estonia, with printed textiles showing Rococo paintings:
And then... bonus from Serbia. I have NO idea what I’m looking at here. The 1970s cruise liner sheer drapes, the bird headgarbs, the modern flair... I’m... lost for words... but amused.
I can’t stop thinking about horse culture but for dragons. Dragon stories always seem portray it as a noble and dignified partnership but so much of horse husbandry is weird and petty and gross and entitled in really dumb ways.
Because I was confused and I suspect others are too, NYC pride is banning law enforcement and corrections exhibitions, aka pride floats and organisation specific groups in the parade. I haven’t seen anything saying individual out of uniform police officers can’t attend.
NYC pride is also switching to private security, and the NYPD will only be involved in the event “when absolutely necessary as mandated by city officials.”
i am feeling very emotional ..this is unusual for me this book is finally out of my mind and onto pages out now around the world. the idea that it will genuinely help people - make them laugh and feel closer to me, makes me feel like all the struggles i have been through have been worth something.
please, save yourself any time you would lose by not feeling as happy and peaceful as you deserve to. you aren’t broken or built that way, we all have the power to change how we feel and just have to understand how.
i am only here because of your support and the kindness and patience you have given me. thank you.
TIL that in 1508, Autun, France pressed charges on rats for destroying barley crops. The lawyer representing the rats argued that the court’s summons wasn’t specific enough to his clients, and that Autun’s cat population made it unsafe for his clients to come to court. The rats were acquitted.
there’s a difference between “being canceled” and “facing consequences” but there’s also a fine line between “facing consequences” and “deincentivizing growth and change” and i think that needs to be grappled with more. i’m not saying all mistakes need to be forgiven by everyone, but people who make mistakes are people, and if it becomes clear that not only will they will never be forgiven for their past, but that they will also be continually punished, then it’s a normal human response to grow frustrated and stop trying, and the holier-than-thou response of “well if they were really sorry, they would willingly accept all the punishments we throw their way” is stupid. what does pulling receipts up from 20 years ago do? who do these “gotcha” moments help?
It had almost escaped my notice that it is now May, the month that dooms to a heartbroken death 99% of characters from folk ballads. So, if you suspect you may be a character from a folk ballad, for your own safety:
don’t fall in love, don’t go by the river, don’t go to the sea, don’t talk to sailors, don’t gamble, don’t ramble, don’t go North, don’t go North-West, don’t stand in the wind, don’t dance with anyone named Sally, Sue, Mary, Ann, or Barbara, don’t go to the pub (but if you do go to the pub at least don’t drink, and if you do drink at least pay for your own drink, and if you are absolutely broke and have to let someone else pay for your drink then at the very least do try not to forget to toast everyone you know whom you think might be there very loudly and possibly multiple times), don’t lend money, don’t borrow money, don’t wish you had more money, don’t make plans to make more money, don’t start working for a new employer, absolutely do believe anyone who says they will try to kill you, curse you, or maim you, absolutely do believe anyone who says you might die, turn down every invitation to go a-hunting, horse-riding, or a-courting, be wary of flute players you meet on your path, don’t dance with satanic men in black coats, don’t marry off your daughters to the first man who’ll have them, and don’t promise your true love any herbs you can’t readily plant and gather in your own garden.
There. That should just about cover you for 31 days. Heed the warnings and you may have a chance to last the month. Good luck.