History WMG / AlanWake

6th Jan '16 9:32:01 PM Doug86
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[[WMG: One of the previous writers lured to Bright Falls was FrankMiller.]]

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[[WMG: One of the previous writers lured to Bright Falls was FrankMiller.Creator/FrankMiller.]]
30th Mar '15 11:13:00 PM justanid
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[[WMG: Mr. Scratch is a [[{{Ravenloft}} Mist Claimer]]]]

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[[WMG: Mr. Scratch is a [[{{Ravenloft}} [[TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} Mist Claimer]]]]
14th Mar '15 8:26:18 PM Vios
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His manipulation by the Dark Presence was depicted [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-2-pulls-the-drama-tag/06-the-drama-tag/whores/ here.]]

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His manipulation by the Dark Presence was depicted [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-2-pulls-the-drama-tag/06-the-drama-tag/whores/ [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=183 here.]]
28th Aug '14 4:37:21 PM ShadowDragon8685
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By signing the Old Gods of Asgard and getting them out of retirement and writing music again he's giving the Dark Presence another foothold into the world that lets it bolster its strength independent of Alan. It's still focusing its attention of Alan because it wants revenge, because his writing seems to be a better source of power for it than their songs (probably because it has so much more to work with in a novel than in just a few verses), and maybe because Odin and Tor just seem to be very good at wiggling out of its influence without anything too bad happening, but having them out there making works and gaining fame is still giving it an edge it would have lacked in its fight against him.

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By signing the Old Gods of Asgard and getting them out of retirement and writing music again he's giving the Dark Presence another foothold into the world that lets it bolster its strength independent of Alan. It's still focusing its attention of Alan because it wants revenge, because his writing seems to be a better source of power for it than their songs (probably because it has so much more to work with in a novel than in just a few verses), and maybe because Odin and Tor just seem to be very good at wiggling out of its influence without anything too bad happening, but having them out there making works and gaining fame is still giving it an edge it would have lacked in its fight against him.him.

[[WMG: The locals Weirdness Censor isn't working more than usual.]]
On the Weirdness Censor in the main page, it is pointed out that the people of Bright Falls don't seem to notice scores of disappearing people, dozens of abandoned cars choking the roads, and buildings completely demolished by supernatural forces. This isn't so weird, though, when you think carefully:

Cars choking the roads could have been accumulated at many points in time, and 'saved' by the Dark Persence. It only needed to start with one car which veered offroad or crashed due to normal circumstances at night, when and where nobody would see it; thereafter, it could simply materialize them when someone else was driving at night and crash them, then Take them and their car quickly. In this manner, it could accumulate many cars/buses/trucks.

Likewise, the majority of the obvious WIZARDRY happens far away from civilization, with the mess at the campground (the wall torn out of a solid log building,) being some of the only obvious supernatural craziness in places which are on the beaten path. The DP didn't go demolishing the buildings in Bright Falls itself, mostly the buildings it smashed were in the ghost towns and out-of-the-way areas. So the folks of Bright Falls would have had enough information to know that something WEIRD was going on, but they wouldn't have to be obviously ignoring blatantly supernatural events. This likely also contributes to the fact that as Deerfest approaches, there were more and more incidents.

[[WMG: More people know about and have been fighting the Taken than we know baout.]]
It's stated many times that every year, as Deerfest approaches, which presumably coincides somehow with an ebbing of power on the DP's part, there are always incidents. Cynthia Weaver is the obvious, given that she's the CrazyPrepared lady who lives in the abandoned power plant (and which is technically in violation of local and federal law, but which the locals don't prosecute her for,) and is always prepared against the darkness, but there's always reports of people firing off their guns at Deerfest, but comparatively few fatalities. Some of that, of course, is likely standard rednecks making noise, but it would make sense if people were seeing Taken, reacting appropriately (melting the darkness off them and then shooting them,) only to have no evidence that they'd ever been under attack in the first place, which they just keep quiet about. (Also, the church is always lit at Deerfest. Hrm...)
9th Apr '14 7:42:43 AM Cass
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[[WMG: Barry is unknowingly making things worse for Al.]]
By signing the Old Gods of Asgard and getting them out of retirement and writing music again he's giving the Dark Presence another foothold into the world that lets it bolster its strength independent of Alan. It's still focusing its attention of Alan because it wants revenge, because his writing seems to be a better source of power for it than their songs (probably because it has so much more to work with in a novel than in just a few verses), and maybe because Odin and Tor just seem to be very good at wiggling out of its influence without anything too bad happening, but having them out there making works and gaining fame is still giving it an edge it would have lacked in its fight against him.
13th Mar '14 10:50:06 PM burichanalt
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You can even add another layer at the bottom, with the ''Alan Wake'' book being an adaption of Thomas Zane's poems into a more coherent narrative.

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You can even add another layer at the bottom, with the ''Alan Wake'' book being an adaption of Thomas Zane's poems into a more coherent narrative.narrative.

[[WMG: The bulk of the Taken died in the lake at different time periods.]]
Here's my toss-in for why no one seems to notice the lack of a few hundred people in a small rural town; only the Elites were freshly taken. Everyone else was accumulated over time. The final level explicitly states that the Dark Presence is tossing stuff at Alan that was in the lake. You see all sorts of items: a plane, train cars, a school bus, etc. All of that junk in the tornado came from the lake. No way it was all just refuse. That small plane? There's a dozen Taken. Your average school bus could supply another two or three dozen (presumably carrying teenagers or maybe chartered for adults). Car crashes, drownings, accidents? Mountains are dangerous. Over the course of 40 years, the Darkness would have had ample time to take all of the people who ended up in the lake.
26th Feb '14 2:57:49 PM teridactyl
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* Um...not likely. Can't a guy just be straight and not react to every "biggest fan" nut-job that throws themselves at him?
26th Feb '14 2:49:16 PM teridactyl
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* Maybe... But after Tom tells Alan his poem, he asks Alan in the most meaningful way possible, "Do you understand?" (To which Alan plainly has no clue what Tom's talking about, much less what's going on.) I think the poem is really Tom trying to lay the foreshadowing on Alan, here, hoping he has enough talent to pick up on it, and telling him that Alan is going to end up trapped at the bottom of the lake...long enough to call it "home," but not to lose hope or despair because that's not the end of it--there IS a way out; Tom's been there and back.


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* In the Alan Wake files, Clay Steward goes to Bright Falls to dig around a little deeper, supposedly after Alan was there, and people are rather cagey, and just generally miserable. When Clay tries to ask around about what happened, he doesn't get a lot of cooperation, he says almost as though they were threatened to stay quiet. What bugs me about all that, though, is that totally contradicts the supposed happy ending that Alan wrote for the town at the end of the main game.
15th Nov '13 11:10:25 PM BiggerJ
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[[http://thishouseofdreams.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/diving-deep.html The final post of the teaser blog for Alan Wake 2]] reveals that [[spoiler:the Light Presence - officially called the Bright Presence - isn't Thomas Zane, but something that took his shape while his true essence - his soul - sank further into that deeper, darker ocean green with Barbara's. Using the power of the Dark Place, he created a new 'baby universe' where he could live with Barbara happily ever after. Meanwhile, the Presences of the Dark Place continued their [[GoodIsNotNice terrible, ruthless battle]].]]

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[[http://thishouseofdreams.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/diving-deep.html The final post of the teaser blog for Alan Wake 2]] reveals that [[spoiler:the Light Presence - officially called the Bright Presence - isn't Thomas Zane, but something that took his shape while his true essence - his soul - sank further into that deeper, darker ocean green with Barbara's. Using the power of the Dark Place, he created a new 'baby universe' where he could live with Barbara happily ever after. Meanwhile, the Presences of the Dark Place continued their [[GoodIsNotNice [[LightIsNotGood terrible, ruthless battle]].]]



* This also explains [[spoiler:why he was acting slightly sketchy in The Wrtier. When accused of manipulating Wake by writing the page about the Clicker, the stumbles as he tries to claim that he didn't and then changes the usbject. That's because ''he doesn't know''.]]

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* This also explains [[spoiler:why he was acting slightly sketchy in The Wrtier. When accused of manipulating Wake by writing the page about the Clicker, the stumbles as he tries to claim that he didn't and then changes the usbject.subject. That's because ''he doesn't know''.]]
3rd Oct '13 11:02:58 PM Sjogre
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Alan's journey won't come to a happy ending if he tries to purge himself of all of his darkness. He has to accept the shadows that his light casts. While Mr. Sc***ch is his inner darkness given form, what's to say that a "light" counterpart wouldn't be just as damaging to his reputation or the lives of others?

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Alan's journey won't come to a happy ending if he tries to purge himself of all of his darkness. He has to accept the shadows that his light casts. While Mr. Sc***ch is his inner darkness given form, what's to say that a "light" counterpart wouldn't be just as damaging to his reputation or the lives of others?others?

[[WMG: Alan Wake (the franchise) has been subject to multiple levels of AdaptationDecay and [[AdaptationDistillation Distillation]].]]
First, approximately, there was Alan Wake, the novel, which was about Alan Wake writing Departure and fighting the Dark Presence. Then, it was made into a television miniseries, which compressed some characters and scenes to fit the story into only a few episodes, while making short versions of the ''Night Springs'' episodes presented as asides in the book. Then it was made into a video game, which added in loads more combat and some other game tropes, while cutting out even more dialogue and plot. Also, the ''Night Springs'' were cut down to little more than highlight reels.

You can even add another layer at the bottom, with the ''Alan Wake'' book being an adaption of Thomas Zane's poems into a more coherent narrative.
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