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I've been a lurker since 2012. I joined the site in December of 2015, but I didn't start editing regularly until March 23, 2018, when I made a bunch of edits to Irreconcilable Differences.

I can usually be found writing pages for any book I read or movie I watch that doesn't already have one. My main areas of interest are Autism in Media, Mermaid Media, Queer Media, New Hollywood, and whatever I find on Project Gutenberg.

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  • Arc Welding: Normally I can suspend disbelief in almost anything, but this tends to be too much even for me. Does everything have to be connected? Aren't things allowed to just happen?
  • Collateral Angst
  • Dysfunction Junction: This trope wouldn't bother me if it wasn't so overused. I can buy one maladjusted genius, but not entire squads full of them on multiple shows.
  • Fanwork Ban: It really irritates me when creators try to stop something that benefits everyone, including the creators themselves, just because of some nebulous "value" like intellectual ownership that doesn't connect to anything in the real world.
  • Insane Equals Violent: More specifically, the version where a "mental illness" whose only symptom is zaniness is used to explain why a character's a criminal, with no effort to give the character an actual motive. I have a high tolerance for lazy writing, but come on.
  • Jitter Cam: Fine in small doses, but too much of it, especially combined with a really short average shot length, can reduce my understanding of a scene to "I am watching blurry images flash by while background music plays." (Looking at you, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.)
  • Music Video pet peeves:
    • Talky Bookends and mid-vid skits that add up to more than about 30 seconds. (I'll make an exception if the talky parts are entertaining, like in the "Dream Police" video, but they rarely are.)
    • Performance videos full of crowd noise. Especially annoying if I've turned the volume up loud, and suddenly the audience is screaming in my ears.
    • Video Full of Film Clips. I can understand why this is done, but if I wanted to watch Dirty Dancing, I'd be watching Dirty Dancing, not a music video.
  • Neurodiversity Is Supernatural: If the only way someone can be different from the norm is if they're an alien or something, it makes the whole species less interesting.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Or any plot that could have been resolved more quickly if the characters would just talk to each other.
  • The Profiler: Humans Do Not Work That Way!
  • Romantic Plot Tumor
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Especially if it's through Heroic Willpower, with lots of rhetoric about how the character's disability somehow protects him from reality and he's afraid to come out of his shell.
  • Token Romance
  • Tough Love (when portrayed sympathetically): The vast majority of examples I've seen are actually pretty abusive.
  • We Didn't Start the F├╝hrer: Humans seem practically engineered to commit atrocities - all the violence and cruelty of any other predator, plus the intelligence and sociality to do damage on a much larger scale than a shark or a bear. The idea that we need supernatural help to commit genocide is laughable to anyone who's ever opened a history book.
  • Wet Blanket Wife
  • Word of Gay: Either write a gay character or don't, but don't write a character who never shows any interest in their own gender and then declare after the fact that they were gay so you can get progressiveness points without doing anything to earn them. Not only does it tend to alienate both conservatives and liberals, it makes the author look like a cowardly hypocrite. I'll forgive it only if the author wanted to write a gay character but was actively prevented from doing so by Executive Meddling or government censorship.
  • Whatever you call the trope where a bully, usually a relative, viciously torments the protagonist throughout the story, never displays a hint of remorse, and never faces the mildest consequence, and in the end the protagonist somehow gains the bully's respect and a temporary reprieve, which is treated as a happy ending when in fact the only happy ending would involve the bully being sent to military school (e.g. Home Alone, Colin Fischer, I Funny, Dumbo)
  • Autistic men portrayed as sexual harassers who don't understand that it's unacceptable to grab a woman's breasts or make sexual remarks, and his victims all instantly forgive him because the poor dear can't help it. Not only does this smear innocent autistic men as predators, it also gives a handy excuse to the minority of autistic men who are, which they won't hesitate to use.
  • Works written and set in The New '20s that don't mention the COVID-19 Pandemic. It's a little thing, but it takes me right out of the story. If the author really doesn't want to deal with the pandemic, she should set the story 20 Minutes into the Past.
  • American editions of British novels that go past changing the spelling and half-assedly change the language too, so it's a struggle to figure out what terms like "football" or "tenth grade" are supposed to mean.
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