QUACKCAST 529 - Time loops!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 4, 2021

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Time loops in stories are a lot of fun, they can be really complicated and interesting. Groundhog day is the most famous version of this trope. Banes ...



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Stuff Wot I Had Not Considered

Banes at 12:00AM, April 15, 2021



I saw a smaller youtuber talking about movies and she mentioned her belief that “Hollywood movies” - like, normal movies I guess she meant - are destructive to our psyche. ‘Our’ referring to we the viewing audience and society at large. She didn't elaborate in the video I saw; I'm ...

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QUACKCAST 526 - A return to Mary Sue!

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 13, 2021

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Mary Sues are always a fun topic!
There are some misconceptions about them though… Mary Sues aren't all female, they can be any gender. Being super ...




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Horror is in the Eye of the... Beholder?

damehelsing at 12:00AM, April 11, 2021



See what I did there? It’s an image of a Beholder… which normally has one giant eye right in the center of their face/body and the article is titled HORROR (the Beholder is scary looking) is in the EYE of the BEHOLDER? Yeah? No? Ok…

Seriously tho,

CONTENT ...





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Resurrection

damehelsing at 12:00AM, April 4, 2021



Today is Easter and originally I was going to write a wholesome message about taking care of yourself (which you should) but then I was like “NAHHHH, let’s talk about characters dying and coming back.”

I know the wonderful Tantz_Aerine wrote an article on it here but I wanted ...



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Meet Me Halfway

Banes at 12:00AM, March 11, 2021



Last week I talked about what kind of stuff to stick in the middle section of stories.

Here's a tangent I found myself on, about the actual halfway mark:

Well, the middle bit almost always contains the actual halfway point of the story. In many stories this is a ...





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The Dynamic use of Space

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 5, 2021



The physical space that a character inhabits often seems far more passive than it really is. Space is more than a matter of creating a backdrop, though. Why is it that some characters feel as if they’re moving against a wall paper background while others inhabit a far more ...

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Dialogue Should Denote Mindsets

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 27, 2021



Dialogue is a very important element of writing. From novels to webcomics to movies, good dialogue will show things seamlessly, effortlessly, while at the same time they are unsaid.

What I mean to say is that good dialogue will have two levels. One level is going to be the overt ...



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The Setting is the Wrapping, Not the Content

Tantz_Aerine at 12:26AM, Feb. 20, 2021



I have never been an X-men fan. More like a casual consumer of the movies, and that was only until the disastrous (in my opinion) Wolverine singles and the Dark Phoenix movie which I couldn't finish. Props to everyone who managed to enjoy those films! These things are a ...

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Captain America Civil War

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 18, 2021



I've compared “Avengers Infinity War” to the classic movie cliffhanger in The Empire Strikes Back.

But the Marvel Cinematic Universe actually pulled off an almost-“Empire”-level story a couple years before that, in Captain America: Civil War.

The MCU started off with multiple movies setting up Iron Man ...





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