Zone 6: Project Almanac Review

The premise has been done to death – time travel is first exciting and full of hope and promises, only to go awry in the hands of fatal human error. Reminiscent of Marty McFly‘sadventures in Back to the Futurescreenwriters Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan use teenagers as the vehicle for time-travel wish fulfillment, in the form of first-person mockumentary narrative technique.

Project Almanac tells the story of five brilliant high school friends who follow a series of clues that leads to the discovery of blueprints for a time machine at MIT-aiming teen, David’s (Jonny Weston) dead father’s basement.

Read the full article here. 


Day to Day Writing #51

Why Fanfiction? An Analysis

So today, I’d like to address one of danisnotonfire’s videos about shipping / fancfiction. In this video, he wonders how fandom has evolved into people yearning for the people they are idolizing to get together, referred to as their “One true pairing” aka OTP, and what they could get out of writing stories about the couple they are cheering for.

I’m going to preface this rant by saying I’m not innocent of this, which perhaps, gives me a fresh perspective on the topic. When I was an awkward teen, I used to be a fan of Yuyu Hakusho, and shipped two male characters despite the canon not having any indication that these two are romantically linked. I also became quite a popular fanfiction writer in the Harry Potterverse, primarily shipping Ginny Weasley with Draco Malfoy.

David Foster Wallace, in his essay, E unibus pluram: television and U.S. fiction,argues that the reason why people spend an average of 6 hours in front of the TV is that they are slowly forming imaginary relationships with the characters they see on TV – that watching TV provides us with stimulation without requiring much effort from us, that these relationships become parasitic precisely because they don’t require much effort which gives us the illusion that we are in an active relationship with the characters we see on TV simply because we are watching them live their lives. This deceptive relationships usually happen to people who are isolated, lonely and are otherwise not experiencing satisfaction from the relationships they currently have, thus jumping to the opportunity to participate in an imaginary one, that offers the minimal possibility of heartbreak and disappointment.

It is not surprising then that, as an audience, being involved in a one-sided relationship with the public figures we see on TV, suddenly get the illusion that we have the authority to decide with whom the figures are in love with, perhaps stemming from our need to experience a relationship through them. It’s part of our virtual reality culture – this instinct for voyeurism – because it is more distant, and thus safer – because it requires the least amount of effort from us, and doesn’t require us to be vulnerable and active, as a real relationship might sap from us.

The fact that most fan shipping are slash fiction, or stories that involve two heterosexual figures participating in homosexual activities, I think stems from our culture’s inability to see friendship, especially deep, intimate and personal friendships as platonic – I think our teen culture is so highly sexual, having been exposed to such a hypersexualized society, that teens (who compose a huge percentage of the fandom community) have a more difficult time differentiating platonic relationships from sexual ones. Thus,  anything that is obviously illuminating love is automatically assumed to have sexual connotations.

And those are my two cents about the fandom community – from a verified fangirl, because I am a nerd. Enjoy your day!

Character Portraits, Day to Day Writing

Day to day writing # 23: Gamer chick

Hi, I’m a gamer chick.

Not the kind that’s sexy and ironic, but the kind that doesn’t bathe for days when a new expansion of Skyrim comes out.

Not the kind that knows how to throw out a Star Wars joke or two, but one who will talk your ear off about how Han Solo shot first — and yes did you know I can recite the whole  Jedi and Sith code  by heart?

Not the kind that seems to get all the guys either, but one who guys roll their eyes to at pre-releases and Friday Night Magic and Dungeons and Dragons campaigns because I insist on killing them with my level 70 vampiric pixie and Lilliana Vess decks in bright pink Dragon sleeves.

Not the kind that can lose gracefully at Injustice tournaments and know when to quit but one who RAGE QUITS and cries out, “That’s so unfair!” And will list out a million reasons why my controller had lag and how it wasn’t working properly especially for me but seems to work fine for everyone else and I call bullshit on your faces and stew in a corner until I get ahold of my temper.

But it’s that need to win that keeps me trying, that keeps me from giving up the game until I get good enough to completely annihilate anyone who naively agrees to play with me.

I play games because inside, I’m still waiting for that euphoria that gripped my heart when I was a kid and spent hours of my afternoon playing Sega and Super Nintendo until the early hours of the morning when I had to go to school again. I play games because I learn from them – I learn how to be a hero, the nobility of sacrifice, and the honour in following things through until its completion.

I’m a gamer because I’m in love with the idea that a life can be manipulated into achievable goals that can make me feel rewarded, a life where the good guys have a chance to win, a life where our main objective will always be to help the less fortunate.

Hi, I’m a gamer chick.

And I love to fight.

I see every problem as a chance for victory and education. I see every person as a warrior going through their own battles. And I see every encounter as a chance to join forces and help other players complete their quests, because every battle lost or won, is another chance to gain XP points, to help me level up to the kind of hero I always wanted to be.