I just was reminded that I should look up lordofprocrastination’s other legendarily borked character builds and I googled lordofprocrastination and got a Christian teen website suggesting a prayer to ward off procrastination and I thought that was really funny right up until the moment that I remembered that instead of looking up D&D character builds I should be writing a thesis proposal and basically that’s why I’m a Christian now and have burned all my D&D books as they are the Devil’s Game

yxoque:

I want tentacles.

You know funny you should mention that because there’s this build in D&D 3.5 I happened on the other day that basically results in a character covered in tentacles that can do 8 million damage a round

You should look into that. But in real life.

Tags: D&D tentacles

Anonymous said: Regarding the biological ability of teenagers to think through the consequences of their actions: do you remember being unable to think through the consequences of your actions when you were a teenager?

Um, yes? Past Me was a nitwit.

Sometimes I look at the way “Social Justice” plays out in fandoms on this site and I really question the wisdom of giving a bunch of teenagers who biologically cannot think through the consequences of their actions the ability to dogpile on anyone and anything based solely on often spurious and decontextualized assertions in random text posts…

yxoque:

"Curing" and "enhancing" people without their explicit consent is a pretty shitty thing to do. And still it’s being presented as a good thing.

Dammit, Yxoque, you’re really throwing a wrench in our attempts to position Transhumanists as inherently evil ableists intent on performing medical procedures against people’s wills!

PLAY MORE TO STEREOTYPE YOU RECALCITRANT BASTARD

Steven Shaviro and Eliezer Yudkowsky: united in their antipathy towards Epicycles and belief that everyone else is behaving just like the Ptolemaic Astronomers.

I find it really interesting that there’s two different ways of using the term “feminist” in media criticism. One means “this film (or whatever) is empowering to women in accordance with Feminisms aims,” while the other means something like “this film (or whatever) addresses themes of masculinity, femininity, and female subjectivity that would be impossible to address without feminist theoretical frameworks, but may be profoundly ambivalent about power and the characters portrayed.”

I think this is probably a major factor in disagreements about whether a particular work is “feminist”

betweenrealities:

stormingtheivory:

bengiyo:

stormingtheivory:

Also can we talk about how the ONE huge example that is always trotted out as proof that fanfiction is teh evils is from Marion Zimmer Bradley, a defender of child molesters and a child molester herself? While I’m not saying that the two things are linked, I AM saying that maybe the big name SF/F authors who always chorus “B-b-b-b-but MZB!!!” should think a little bit about whether the side of the story that they heard is the REAL story, given that this is a person now outed as a concealer of horrific crimes? Did we ever actually hear the story from the perspective of the fan involved in the case?

I’ve always seen the anti-fan fiction arguments as more attempts to enforce the institutional power of publishers. I mean, why else to hate on it so much? 

If it’s an argument about quality or content, I don’t really like R. A. Salvatore’s work. I’ve read a few of his books and cannot get why people are so obsessed with Drizzt Do’urden (sp?) as much as they are, and I’ve been done with Mercedes Lackey because of the overly graphic descriptions of rape in her work that is completely off-putting when I’m trying to read some positive queer stories. 

People are experimenting with writing. They’re either writing their own stories or playing around in other universes. What higher compliment can your work have if it isn’t that others feel compelled to add to your work and take it further?

Hell, the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe is basically poorly-maintained and contradictory licensed fan fiction. Same for Star Trek. 

It’s just…if we laud people sitting around listening to music and then trying to make their own and let them cite other artists as their inspirations, why are we so down on the same thing in writing?

This last bit is a really interesting comparison. Like, the kid buying his first six string and learning all his favorite songs is an American mythological staple. And we’re all ostensibly supposed to emulate Hemingway’s style all the time forever… but not use his characters? Weird shit.

Oh god, this is my belief so much. I have so much trouble explaining it to people, but this is why I write the things I write.

I’ve noticed, too, that music has a lot more leeway in retelling narratives than written fiction. Like, take The Megas, who have made a career out of reinterpreting the story of Mega Man. I think that’s awesome. But if I do it in a prose piece, then suddenly it’s evil nasty “illegal” fanfiction. For some reason, the written word scares overzealous corporate-type folks more than anything else. Or music has a different relationship to narrative somehow.

As for the MZB case, I’ve actually read some stuff that suggests that it wasn’t a case of a fanfic writer suing an author for using her idea, but a ghostwriter suing a ghostwritten author for not being paid.  And it’s similarly not surprising, from what you’re saying about MZB (an author I don’t really know), that she’d be the type to present the situation in a self-aggrandizing manner. Actually, let me see if I can track those sources down…

http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1470621.html?thread=20753821#t20753821

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/rec.arts.sf.written/JkmjWyZBdbg/-cE1Xj7bwYAJ

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/007464.html#122173

Ah, yeah, there we go. Though people are tossing around the term “fanfic” as if the entire contents of fanfiction.net were the subject of the debate, it really seems to me that this is a conversation about authorization for paid work (expaned universe stuff) and paid ghostwriting. In that case, the great story of an author losing control of their own work is…unsurprisingly, a scare tactic meant to intimidate authors into keeping an iron grip on their copyright.

So, yeah, as a fanfiction author and aspiring nonfanfiction author, that informs my take on the situation somewhat.

Woah! I did NOT expect, when I wrote that post, that the other side of the story was actually available! Thanks so much, this is fantastic, and really spins the whole thing in a dramatically different way. o_o

"Psychoanalytic film theory has taken on all the attributes of a religious cult, com- plete with rites and sacred texts. Twenty years of obsessive invocations of “lack,” “castration,” and “the phallus” have left us with a stultifying orthodoxy that makes any fresh discussion impossible. It is time to recognize that not all problems can be resolved by repeated references to, and ever-more-subtle close readings of, the same few articles by Freud and Lacan. The psychoanalytic model for film theory is at this point utterly bankrupt; it needs not to be refined and reformed, but to be discarded altogether. Such is the main polemical thrust of this book."

— Well… jesus christ, Steven Shaviro, tell us what you REALLY think.

bengiyo:

stormingtheivory:

Also can we talk about how the ONE huge example that is always trotted out as proof that fanfiction is teh evils is from Marion Zimmer Bradley, a defender of child molesters and a child molester herself? While I’m not saying that the two things are linked, I AM saying that maybe the big name SF/F authors who always chorus “B-b-b-b-but MZB!!!” should think a little bit about whether the side of the story that they heard is the REAL story, given that this is a person now outed as a concealer of horrific crimes? Did we ever actually hear the story from the perspective of the fan involved in the case?

I’ve always seen the anti-fan fiction arguments as more attempts to enforce the institutional power of publishers. I mean, why else to hate on it so much? 

If it’s an argument about quality or content, I don’t really like R. A. Salvatore’s work. I’ve read a few of his books and cannot get why people are so obsessed with Drizzt Do’urden (sp?) as much as they are, and I’ve been done with Mercedes Lackey because of the overly graphic descriptions of rape in her work that is completely off-putting when I’m trying to read some positive queer stories. 

People are experimenting with writing. They’re either writing their own stories or playing around in other universes. What higher compliment can your work have if it isn’t that others feel compelled to add to your work and take it further?

Hell, the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe is basically poorly-maintained and contradictory licensed fan fiction. Same for Star Trek. 

It’s just…if we laud people sitting around listening to music and then trying to make their own and let them cite other artists as their inspirations, why are we so down on the same thing in writing?

This last bit is a really interesting comparison. Like, the kid buying his first six string and learning all his favorite songs is an American mythological staple. And we’re all ostensibly supposed to emulate Hemingway’s style all the time forever… but not use his characters? Weird shit.

Tags: fanfic