Category Archives: Tropes

Anything with a staggeringly high density of references to TV Tropes.

I can only love and tolerate so much…

[Trigger warning for a lot of stuff. Not here, but on some of the links. Mostly slurs and some rape jokes.]

Whilst browsing the blogs, I came across this post by Feminist Fiction, and it raised some similarities with recent developments in the skeptical community which I felt like sharing. But first, some background.

I am a brony. You all should know that. In fact, I am pleased to say that I am one of the guys mentioned in FF’s post as buying and proudly wearing my Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash* badges. Because Twilight, Dash and the Mane Six all kick ass, and the brony/pegasister fandom is an awesome one – in my experience, it’s always been full of creativity, love, and care.

“Love”? On the internet hate-machine? What a novel idea!

So I was horrified to find out about the sort of abuse that went on at Everfree convention a while back. You really would think that this fandom should be free of misogyny. Transphobic slurs, molestation jokes and country matters prove otherwise.

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The Hang of Music: Shady Business

Sorry for the terrible pun, but I had to use it. The voices in my head told me to.

Or something. Look; we’re about to get into some serious madness, because this week it is Eminem’s debut, “The Slim Shady LP”. Remember him, the guy with the chainsaw?

Is it even possible to get an uncensored version of this? Seems to defeat the point…

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Feminist Frequency VS The World

Christ, I feel guilty for not commenting on this before. But I feel even guiltier that this has even ever fucking happened. My gender, and my culture of choice – geekery.

[Triggers for hate speech and threats of assorted kinds if you click on a couple of these links. But not right here, ‘cos I’m nice.]

I’m gonna open with this tweet from Caitlin Moran; reviewer, author, feminist icon and hilarious person. She is, in many ways, what I aspire to be.

 

Now on with the show! I have often talked to you about Feminist Frequency; and I have often talked to you about games. About a month ago, though, the two collided, and we’re only just now starting to get to see the full fallout.

Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian, vlogger, writer, gamer and all round pop-culture nerd and awesome person, decided to make a kickstarter for a project that she’s working on – “Tropes vs Women in Video Games”. (Yes, she’s a troper too – is there anything she can’t do?)

Well guess who didn’t like that she was going to be talking about games? The underbelly of the internet; that’s who! That’s right, the same place that brought us MRAs brought us even more hate speech. Directed at Anita. What a joy. Read the rest of this entry

What I have read today…

While I am writing this week’s review – and while drunk, thanks to my boss’s “wine and book-club” club – I thought I would share with you some of the awesome things I have enjoyed today. I have been feeling of a particularly narrative bent, and so there seems to be a theme.

For example, after watching this week’s and last week’s Extra Credits, I was reminded of an old friend of mine. Well, less of an old friend, more like that guy you met at a party once, and really got on with, only to bump into him again at a particularly good pub a year later and properly bond.

It’s Film Crit Hulk, and this time they’re talking about “The Hero’s Journey”. And my do they* lay into it. And when I get a chance, I’ll be reading their similar treatment of the three act structure. Because why not?

Not this one. The other hulk on that site

On a similar note, I failed to comment when my friend and frequent commenter Rhiannon aka Feminist Fiction got reblogged around the place. I’m sorry, FF. But the main reason for that’s because the subject was my least favourite ASOIAF character, Sansa Stark. (Less unfavourited now, though.)

But an article about Brienne of Tarth’s knightly-ness? Hells yeah, I’m in! So yeah, read them both: but mainly the one about Brienne, though, because I’m announcing my biases.

Hey, both of those two people I linked are on WordPress – we’re like the WordPress crew! Unlike dan le sac, who’s recently left us in favour of an actual website and a solo album. Screw you, man, screw you! Also, buy dan le sac’s new album!

… Sorry, I don’t know what came over me…

* I’ve found it’s safer to not assume gender on the internet, and for good reason. (Especially tumblr, for the record.) If Film Crit Hulk offended by this, then smash you too!

Mass Effect, but with FEMALES!

One of the things I’m looking forward to most in the upcoming Mass Effect 3 (not coming out soon enough) is the homeworlds. For the first time in the series, we will be seeing the turian and salarian homeworlds, as well as the human one, Earth itself. And while this is awesome from an epic, shit-is-getting-real, perspective, there’s another side of this:

Women and children.

In every Mass Effect game so far, they’ve done a great job of describing the different species and their cultural and political history, but no time has been spent on diversifying the species; there are no young turians or salarians*. In an action game, I can see why that might be. But the real problem is that,┬áin a verse where the women kick as much ass as the men do, there are still very few women.

Except for her.

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It can be done!

You can abridge My Little Pony! I’d had my doubts, but I have PROOF that it can be done well. Episode one, “The Perfect Swarm”, is here, courtesy of Sherclop Pones.

The tropes page describes it as a hurricane of puns, and that this is “faithfulness to the source material dialed up to eleven.” The home brewed music is awesome as well, enough for me to download the soundtrack.

 

 

Animal Wrongs Group

PETA seem to be taking the above trope as their manifesto. This is a shame, as I broadly agree with the idea that humans give animals a bit of a raw deal*, and could agree with them if they weren’t such twats about it. Their stunts always waver between the comically attention grabbing and the morbid. This is the latter.**

They have decided that the best way to raise awareness of the plight of animals*** is for them to make a porn site, and intersperse the porn with pictures of animals being abused.

What you said, cat.

This is horrendous; it’s not going to be even remotely sexy! And the people who aren’t going to be turned off probably don’t care about animal rights anyway…

Seriously, though, why do all of their ideas seem to involve demeaning women? I’m not even affected, not being american or a woman****, and I still know of about half a dozen of their exploits, and they almost always involve naked women in some fashion. I don’t get why they seem to be incapable of an advertising campaign that doesn’t capitalise on the shock value of naked women. One is forced to conclude that they have decided that animal rights should be prioritised over the rights of women.

So yeah, me and PETA agree over one thing: humans and animals do not have equal rights. It’s just that PETA seem to think that animals have more.

Go to PZ for his take.

PETA's mission statement.

EDIT – Apparently, I forgot to put up a link to a more reputable site than myself. Yeah, here is the proof that PETA porn is real.

* Except for the pigs that live just outside of Southwold, that are fed the leftovers from the Adnams Brewery, with as much mud as they could wish to roll in, little houses and no predators to worry about. Lucky gits!

** Well, except in the literal sense, adult movies being, in the words of Jarvis Cocker, “[just] people making babies/filmed up close”. It can’t be morbid, if people are making life, right?

*** Well it worked, I’m blogging about it, and there’s no such thing as bad publicity!

**** Unlike what some people may think or have said in the past.

Save Our Tropes!

TV Tropes is a wonderful site. You may have noticed that I pot-hole there a lot. It is also annoying the hell out of me at the moment. Huge changes are afoot, and not for the better.

For a definition of what a trope is, here’s what the site itself describes them as:

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.

For examples, try these: Happily Ever After. Catchphrase. The Butler Did It.

That will have to do for a definition, as I can’t be bothered to go into any more depth. If you don’t understand from that what it is, then I suggest you google “TV Tropes” and whatever your favourite TV show is. That’ll give you a better idea than anything else I could say.

And if you don’t understand, and don’t want to, then you won’t want to know what’s being ruined and shouldn’t look beneath the fold.

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Watchmen: Abridged

Man, I got into this blogging thing **years** too late. Almost exactly 2 years. 2 years and a few months.

Because this is hilarious!

This is the review, and follow up post, of “Watchmen” by a woman called Debbie Schlussel, a blogger in … (checks blog)… America (hmm, there’s a surprise) who did not like Watchmen, in film or graphic novel* form… Yeah, I think I got that right, she **didn’t** like them. I’m not going to dissect them, partly because I can’t be bothered, partly becasue it hardly seems worth it considering how long ago this was written, but mostly because the irony of a left wing “liberal” who enjoyed that comic dissecting her dissection of left wing liberals who enjoy that comic and their idiotic love of the work, and then for me to call her an idiot… The irony of that is far too great for me to ever comprehend.

No, instead I’m just going to quote some of her posts on the matter and entirely unrelated tropes. Read the rest of this entry

“A computer terminal is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the Universe and move bits of it about.”

Whilst rooting around through her back catalogue (you thought I was going to say something else, didn’t you!) I found *another* healthyaddict video, this one a question that I found interesting.

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