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10:01:18 AM Oct 15th 2014
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Maybe it's just me, but William's viewpoint in The Truth is identical to that of Terry Pratchett, I would expect the book to actually show him to be right, or at least have him win that particular argument. Instead, the message seems to be that William has this high flown vision of what journalism should be, Sacharissa has a practical understanding of what journalism needs to be, and both are required for the paper to actually work.
01:05:58 PM Oct 8th 2013
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Does this count as a musical author filibuster? Mike interrupts the song not because he has a sermon to deliver, but because he wishes to announce that he has lost his train of thought and needs some sleep.
09:43:51 PM Apr 21st 2013
A lot of the examples are less Author Filibusters and more 'authors like to pepper their work with their views and write like what they believe is a good thing'. For example, while John Galt's speech is a perfect example of Author Filibuster, I don't see how Granny Weatherwax's speech to Mightily Oates is anything of the sort - it's perfectly plot relevant, for one thing and does not come out of nowhere and it is not very big, either.
10:41:33 AM Mar 23rd 2013
Akira's books... okay, I can't read Japanese, so: the anime series based on Akira's books feel like being perpetually stuck in the sweet lovechild of nonsensical comedy and author filibusters. But that's just part of the overall style like this, right? It's not like the narrative stops because of a rant about freedom of choice and refusing to follow old stapled in traditions... these rants ARE the narrative...
12:05:38 PM Jul 18th 2012
If I have a character with stereotypical otaku tendencies, (to the point where she'd be considered a "weeaboo"), and insists she'll one day become a famous mangaka in Japan, but through Character Development realizes that there's more to life than anime, and figures simply being a comicker or cartoonist is both more realistic and true to herself, would it be this trope? I never meant to offend anyone by saying that, but seriously, is it this, even if it's not the entire point of the story?
02:23:13 PM May 3rd 2012
So, uh, we have a porn section on this page, and we're kinda in the middle of an effort to purge porn from our pages. Permission to purge the section?
11:35:26 PM May 3rd 2012
Definitely nuke from orbit, but I'm not exactly a mod or someone. I don't know where on the fora to ask.
09:34:13 PM May 2nd 2012
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How can you have a topic titled "Author Filibuster" and not mention Ayn Rand's books? I'd add something myself, but I haven't actually read them.
02:22:36 PM May 3rd 2012
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*blanked, I clicked the wrong button*
11:51:07 AM Nov 29th 2011

  • Quentin Tarantino has turned this trope into a fine art, with characters often serving as platforms for his own views on various films or aspects of pop culture, usually finding a way to relate it to the themes of the film.
    • Kill Bill Volume 2 has Bill momentarily possessed by Tarantino so he can talk about secret identities of superheroes, implying that the Bride cannot escape who she is.
    • In Death Proof, various characters speak highly of old-fashioned car movies like Vanishing Point, of which the film is an homage.
    • Sukiyaki Western Django skips the possession part and instead features a long cameo of Tarantino talking about anime.
    • Inglourious Basterds has Bridget von Hammersmark explaining that a character has nothing to do with the creator's origin. A character is its own person despite being of different origin than the creator. All while she is speaking German.

I'm not sure these are severe enough to qualify for the trope. There's a case of Writer on Board and Author Appeal, but the narrative doesn't stop dead for Tarantino to deliver a monologue. It usually relates to the plot or themes, or is part of the overall style.
09:07:45 PM Mar 7th 2010
For a tangential remark, this isn't very accurate:
  • And John Galt gave his three-hour-long, 60-page speech over a radio network he had illegally pirated. None of the government mooks thought of breaking down the door and arresting him for that whole time.
11:12:15 AM Sep 7th 2013
After reading Howard Roark's speech, I imagined an actual judge saying "That's very interesting, Mr. Roark. However, the fact remains that you blew up someone else's building essentially because of personal pique. I find you guilty and sentence you to 20 years."
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