Oh, one more—wherever the setting is, the state is usually pretty ineffective and silly in a somewhat Blackadder-esque manner, full of strange and detached individuals and at best having huge useless pieces left over from an earlier age. This doesn't reflect my politics at all; it's just parody of my history studies. Truth can get as crazy as fiction sometimes.
Stuck and The List (my other thing I'm not actively working on now, but later) both seem to be epic-scale adventures about the mundane, sort of like how Scott Pilgrim and Azumanga Daioh turn the Serious Business level up to eleven for something like making a sandwich. Hence,
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Awesome??: Yeah. Also,
- Serious Business and Up to Eleven: Duh.
- Nakama: And the two nakamas are friends with each other, to boot.
- The Verse: Greyson City is where both of them are set.
- Where The Frak Is Greyson?: Apparently somewhere where an oceanside beach, a desert, some ice-capped mountains and a climate where snowing is just as common as it being sweltering hot within the same week.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of the protagonists are, though Brad from The List is a huge exception.
An accurate depiction
Also, as I just realized: Downer Ending or Bittersweet Ending. I have never written a happy ending for any serious work. They just don't seem fulfilling.
edited 22nd Oct '10 6:26:20 PM by Morgulion
This is this.
My stories are usually personal, character dramas — people are the driving force and raison d'etre behind everything. Rule of Drama comes first. I don't particularly like heaving Rules of X's onto the story, as I feel they cheapen the verisimilitude I aim for with hackneyed contrivances. But that don't mean I'm a joyless schmuck, noo. I'm not a big fan of 'genre' — for genre you have a set of conventions that are expected and already anticipated (the tropes been seen countless times in similar works), and I want to open up my readers' minds to a different, possibly more intriguing story if I toss these constraints out the window. I want to try something that readers could not anticipate.
Roses are redI strive to make my characters like people you can meet in Real Life — with their own personality and feelings. If not being able to sympathise with them, you can at least grasp where they're coming from. Grey and Grey Morality pops up more often than not. My protagonists tend to fall outside the social norm, having a larger-than-life feel to them, wanting more from life than what is just there. They're more interesting than Joe Q. Average like this. I write the narrative to reflect the characters' state of mind — like stream-of-consciousness. The present-tense exposition is laden with their viewpoints, and sometimes it gets into Neal Stephenson-like digressions on a particular topic before it returns to what's happening. Other occurrences that come up are Magnificent Bastards as the 'Antagonist', hyperreal moments shared by two people, slapstick comedy and elements of gangster crime.
Violets are blue
You think this might rhyme
But it ain't gonna
Violets are blue
You think this might rhyme
But it ain't gonna
edited 23rd Oct '10 10:13:59 AM by QQQQQ
Humans Are Morons. Or at least "normal" humans, like extras. I have "some" smart people in the more important cast which is a kinda justified. But when normal civilians react to anything, it's played straight. Gets funny too.
edited 22nd Oct '10 8:05:59 PM by PsychoFreaX
I don't like thinking of people as simplistic fools (like The Simpsons, or Family Guy). I'd rather say that they too can and will find enlightenment someday. All it takes is someone to show the light.. Speaking of which, I have a fondness for love. Love in its form, and how people find love and let it affect them — whether love nurtures the soul and/or drive a person to terrifying extremes. It's a good way for exploring a character. And I like food. Cuisines. You might find a cooking or baking scene with ingredient porn featuring.
edited 22nd Oct '10 8:45:33 PM by QQQQQ
LOL I mainly just play the Humans Are Morons trope for laughs though and the fact that I get so much of it in the real world, I thought I'd incorporate it into my work. As I said I DO have smart characters. Though, not many. Just think of it as the "not a dumbass" trait is an uncommon characterization in my fiction. Some other trademark of mine I think would be the Freudian Excuse trope and the fact that a lot of my characters lives get really whacked out at some point around age nine. Of course you should never have too much writing quirks. But a little, just enough, might not really be such a bad thing.
- Revenge is a pretty consistent theme in anything I write, though to greater or lesser extents depending on the story. I've had some anger issues in the past, and looking back I realize writing about this sort of subject matter was a big help in mellowing me out.
- Obsession/addiction, often addressed in a metaphorical sense, or in relation to revenge elements.
- Verisimilitude. I like to play around with weird ideas and genre conventions a lot, but I can be extremely over-analytical, and it drives me to work out the details of any given setting until I'm convinced it's as "real" a world as I can make it, even if it involves such outlandish concepts as superheroes, giant robots, magical martial arts, or transhuman AI Gods.
- Grand Finale. I've never quite bought into the notion that "it's the journey, not the destination that counts." To me, a great story needs to build up to a big finish, at least insofar as such a thing is appropriate.
Or at least "I" get a lot of the Humans Are Morons where "I" live ^^
I tend to write a lot of naive characters. I don't know why, they're just really fun. The ones that get more than one story end up changing a lot as they face the realities of the world which I just find plain interesting.
Cry for the moon!
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First Person Narration about 90% of the time. Lots of Author Appeal. Even when I try to avoid it, it creeps in.
But soft! What rock through yonder window breaks? It is a brick! And Juliet is out cold.
Every single main character I have either contracts Science-Related Memetic Disorder or starts to pick up Guile Hero attributes. Even when I design a character with avoiding this in mind. And my first person characters seem to be picking up tendencies of being fairly normal outside, but Cloud Cuckoolanders in their own heads. People who read over my shoulder would like me to mention I'm becoming known for World Building, Eldritch Locations, Grey and Gray Morality, Loads and Loads of Characters, high school and college settings.
edited 23rd Oct '10 2:25:17 PM by Noaqiyeum
Maid of Win
- Loss or serious injury of limbs and occasionally eyes— in different stories, I have one hero who cuts off her own arm; one hero missing both arms (she has robotic implants); one character missing an arm and a leg; one character missing an eye who walks with a limp; one character with a crippling limp when he loses his powers.
- Bizarre love situations— for example, falling in love with the evil emperor's daughter; a psychopath falling in love with the hero; two people love each other, but he's in an arranged marriage and anyway he's the reincarnation of her father; he likes her, she's married, but her husband dies horribly; two frequent enemies eventually deciding they're in love; zombie romance.
- Really strong, capable female fighters paired up with less-fighty-more-thinky male characters— I have, gosh, four of these, two of which are Battle Couples.
- Epic battles in walled cities— three.
- Walking the Earth— I think I have two stories set exclusively in one place. I know I have at least eight where the heroes travel around their land.
Thanks for the all fish!
frozen in time
- Blending of reality and fantasy.
- Including lots of different settings so as to have Scenery Porn.
- Playing around with ideas of gender - for example inverting traditional roles, characters who don't seem to fit the usual gender binary, that sort of thing.
- Getting introspective. I am an incorrigible navel-gazer.
- Creative ways of killing characters.
- Historical scenes that try to be accurate. I hate Politically Correct History and that kinda stuff.
- And, for that mandatory Author Appeal, Buxom Is Better. Also some other Fetish Fuel that doesn't appeal to me personally, but is there for the benefit of potential readers.
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Tropes I almost always use:
- Action Girl
- Badass: And by Badass, I mean a complete and utter aversion of The Cape and all related tropes. Badasses don't let their enemies get back up, and the villain deserves to die anyway.
- World of Badass: I don't just mean that one character in each work is a Badass. Almost all of them are.
- Black and Gray Morality: See above.
- Character Overlap: The Moorcock Effect is in full, um... effect.
- The Combat Pragmatist: Again, see above. A dead enemy is an enemy you're not going to have to fight again.
- Ethical Slut
- Fetish Fuel: Usually a mix of stuff I'm actually into and stuff that would Squick me out in Real Life but I know my readers might like.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Most of my female characters are bi, and a few of the ones who aren't bi don't fancy men at all.
- Gorn: Cruel and Unusual Death is the only way to go.
- High Octane Nightmare Fuel: Unavoidable with all the Gorn and Squick involved. Plus, one of the main genres I write in is Horror.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: I try for an off the charts value.
- Parabombing: I do it enough to where it can be considered a Signature Style, but hopefully not enough to be annoying.
- Rated M for Manly
- Refuge in Audacity: My written works don't just Cross The Line Twice, they cross it at least five or six times and then cover it with so much blood and breast milk you forget where it was.
- Speculative Fiction: I almost always write sci-fi, fantasy, horror or some combination thereof. I have plans for one mystery novel that has no fantastic elements in and of itself but has Character Overlap with a fantasy series, and plans for one series of Porn stories that have only one fantastic element and take place entirely in the mundane world. Other than that, though, magic is real, aliens exist and an Eldritch Abomination is probably going to try to have sex with you at some point.
- Squick: Between the death scenes, which are quite capable of inducing this reaction in fans in and of themselves, and some of the really, really weird sex that takes place, I recommend you don't read my work if you don't have a strong stomach.
No breasts/scrotum on that last post. Shit just got real. -Bobby G
I do a lot of Rebellious Princess inversions, subversions and aversions—my princesses are almost all honor bound. I also do a lot of friendship is greater than love stories.
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