tears the Star Trek Voyager Ep "Blink of an eye
" a new one for being a ripoff of the novel "Dragon's Egg".
In this video he explains Homage vs rippoff
I'm heartened. I have a love-hate relationship with many works. Heroes are too perfect mary sues
yet they can tug at my heartstrings (I really need to get those things adjusted...). Some villains exist just be be villains, others have dept and are awesome characters.
Taking apart a work or a trope to see how it works and putting it back together is not boldly going where everyone's gone before.
"What if a character was really a pure at heart, do gooder above the influence
in spite of or because of their history?"
"What if Batman grewup to be a crimelord and the Joke bacame a scarred anti-hero?" —deconstruct superhero/villain origins.
"What if a gadgeteer genius was really a fraud? the character is an actor who is the face for a group of scientists?" (this was actually done in the RPG Over the Edge) — deconstruct the science hero
and teen genius
Or my take:
"What if the wagon train to the stars
was a voyage of the dammed? The characters are the best and
of humanity, but they have to work together to survive." (yes I'm trying to write this and I wear my tropes, shout outs
and influences on my sleeve).
If someone tries to hide the influence (like the Berman, Bragga and Taylor did for Voyager), it's a ripoff.
edited 11th Feb '13 1:02:59 AM by TairaMai