Episode 418 - Many kinds of love

Mar 18, 2019

There are many kinds love. Love is a great thing to include in your story for all sorts of reasons: it's an easy way to develop characters, give a character something to strive for, it's universally relatable, You can use it for tension, all sorts of things! There are different kinds of relationships you can use as well, not just heterosexual or homosexual relationships and the common trope of showing the beginning of a relationship, you can show crushes, established relationships, platonic relationships, relationships collapsing and exes coming together. For this topic we were loosely inspired by Tantz and Emma's great newsposts about romance and platonic love. We chat about luuuurv and tricks like lurv triangles!

Topics and Show Notes

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Angels of the Fallen. Break on into the other side, smash through the dimensional glass into a world of hot, tasty electro, spicy flamenco, and raw, roaring guitar! Get your body moving to these irresistible sounds. You won’t be able to stop yourself.

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Featured comic:
Bunni and Carot - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/mar/12/featured-comic-bunni-and-carot/

Links:
Writing healthy romance - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/feb/28/writing-healthy-romance/
Platonic Freindships 1 - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/mar/01/platonic-friendship-part-1/
Platonic Freindships 2 - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/mar/08/building-platonic-friendships-part-2/
RIGHTEOUS, relationship webcomic - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/RIGHTEOUS/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/banes
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Pit Face - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
kawaiidaigakusei - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/

Featured music:
Angels of the Fallen - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Angels_of_the_Fallen/, by BustyLaroo, rated T.

Episode 304 - eeeeeevil!

Jan 2, 2017

5 likes, 1 comment

What defines evil in fiction? I say the simplest one is bad guys are selfish, good guys are selfless. That is massively over simplistic but it's a good easy template for basic hero's and villains. Basic ones I was just doing a quick thought experiment to work out an easy way to define “good” and “evil” characters in fiction. The more selfless someone is the more “good” they are: the more they think of others, want to help people, put the needs of the masses first, the more willing they are to reach across to their enemies etc. The more selfish a person is the more “evil” they are: if they don't consider the needs or feelings of others, help out their own small group and let others suffer, help themselves first. Of course there are many other more advanced aspects, especially if you consider the relative nature of these things: the idea that everyone thinks they're the good guy from their own perspective, being cruel to be kind, being too authoritarian and heavy handed in the use of power, NOT using power when you should, helping in a way that only SEEMS destructive and selfish, trying to help but causing destruction and chaos in the process, which brings us to the dreaded “unintended consequences”. BUT, the selfless/selfish equation is a nice simple starting point to build from. In the Quackcast we discuss these aspects as well as more advanced notions about what makes a good evil character, what makes a bad one, humanising evil, and weakening you evil character by humanising them too much. Gunwallace's musical theme was for The Cull: Dark, haunting, and compelling- Eastern European Jewish, country and rock, reminds me of Tracy Bonham’s later work.


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