Particular Ramblings

From time to time I like to have a post about a single topic, but I also like my schizophrenic style of topic changing that is the norm for me. So, I've decided to double up and do a particular topic first, then (maybe) do a normal post.
First, a topic I've been looking up quite a bit of recently. Speculative Fiction, aka Sci Fi/Fantasy.
Now, these two genres are often at odds due to their obviously different philosophies regarding realism. However, the two sides tend to categorize things in similar fashions.
Firstly, on the Sci Fi end of the spectrum, things are organized according to their coordination with known scientific theory, referred to as "hardness" with the soft end representing Comic Book Science, and the hard end has everything being technically possible. This side is considered the "Serious Science Fiction".
On the other hand, you have Fantasy. (Note: the previous link goes to the blog of Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn Trilogy, which is amazing. The specified entry has information on the topic I'm currently addressing, but in the form of his own thoughts on the matter. I do tend to agree with him, though I like to expand a bit on the material I'm handed.) Which is sort of the other way, with more scientifically organized types of magic falling on the Hard end, and more ethereal, vague, and mystical type of magic in the Soft, which is considered the more traditional type of Fantasy literature.
These two systems are often thought of as distinct, but actually have more in common than one might originally suppose. My belief is that these two can be placed end to end, SF Soft meeting Fantasy Hard, to form a rather interesting gradient. One might think that the hard ends might be the ones to have more in common, which would be one line of reasoning, but Hard Fantasy (i.e., Mistborn) has more in common with Comic Book Science than the stuff on the Hard SF side of things.
Both CBS and HF rely heavily on the concept of "it just does" when asked to explain why things work the way they do in their stories, but have a pretty specific answer on the side how it works. Ask why a radioactive spider altered a man's DNA, and your source will be left at a loss, but ask what effects it has on him and you can get a whole list of the special abilities derived from such an incident. Compared to it's fantasy counterpart, which, rather than stammering for a why, can simply reply that it works by magic. Or that, perhaps, A Wizard Did It? The same list of effects can be procured as well. The majority of differences between a Jedi and, say, a Mistborn, is in the setting and style.
Now, this on its own forms a rather neat connection between the two genres, but I'm not done yet.
There is one thing that most fantasy fans tend to misunderstand when it comes to their genre. They believe that the Harder it is, the closer it is to reality, but, in reality (or fictional reality, as the case may be) it's the other way. At least, stylistically.
My point is this, IRL, there there is no magic, which is what makes fantasy fantasy, however, most fantasy fans consider HF's tendency toward scientific organization to be making it more realistic, which its not. Because of its organization, it becomes that much more prevalent in its culture, whereas magic becomes more scarce the softer the fantasy is. That's what we think, anyway.
In ancient myths from all across the world, anything that they didn't understand was called magical, simply because it was beyond their current grasp. Weather patterns, biology, chemical reactions, all were attributed to mystic forces before they were defined by scientific methods. This is the original fantasy, which has been warped as time goes on to become what we see today.
Look again at the scale which we've constructed by merging the two we had before. As you approach the far scientific end, you get more and more realistic, but on the other end, the fantasy end, the softer you get, the more real it becomes. When you reach either extreme, the setting becomes reality as we know it. Now we have a conundrum:
Why are these two considered mutually exclusive when they have so much in common?
The answer is in the way an author comes at it. A hard SF author is going to get down into the nitty gritty scientific details when they construct their world, where a soft fantasy author takes the opposite approach, the ancient way of saying that anything that can't be explained in easy terms is magic.
And in a way, both are right. Scientific explanations for everything take the magic out of life, but aren't the very effects of the explained phenomena still wondrous in their own right? A bird stays in the air, the rain falls anyway, your heart still beats. Yet these can be explained in their most basic forms through the efforts of human intellect, diligence, and ingenuity.
But what to do with the scale? If you flip it around so that the SF and HS match up, you lose the congruence we had before. But what if we bend the scales? Stretch the ends til they mesh, become a single circle of fiction.

It has a rather nice symmetry to it, doesn't it?


Bittersweet Holidays

I figured I should put up a Christmas post for anyone out there who watches this without leaving any sort of trace.
So it's Christmas Eve, and it's turned out to be a white one, despite my earnest hopes to the contrary. Oh, well, that's what I get for living...well, you don't need to know where.
The whole thing seems just a tad surreal after waiting for it for so long. Like when I saw Star Wars Episode 3 in the theater for the first time, but not quite as intense. The feeling has been following me around lately, maybe it's that this'll be my last Christmas as a minor. I just can't shake the dread of my childhood slipping through my fingers like the fine sand of an hourglass. I'm still not used to being a senior in High School, and I'll be turning eighteen in June. It's just such a weird concept, growing up.
We're doing ten minute, one act plays in my theatre class. My group is doing one called Labor Day, which is about such a concept, about how time seems to get away from us. About the denial of time's slow descent towards an encroaching doom to all that is innocent. I try my best to preserve my optimism, my joy at the very idea of life, but I sometimes feel like I'm fighting a battle I can't win.
I wonder what I'm getting.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
Here's a Batman picture:


Everything is so NEW!

Listening To: The Point of No Return, The Phantom of The Opera Movie Soundtrack
Holiday Engine: Revved
Mood: Content

We're almost through our December performances in choir! *hallelujah!*
Our last performance is on Saturday, but before that we have our major winter concert tomorrow, and a major day full of shows on Friday.
The finish line is in sight.
On the recommendation of a friend, I've started reading Mistborn, and I gotta say, it's fantastic. I'm only about a third of the way through the first book, and I'm really enjoying it. It's just the kind of book I like, with interesting characters, clever magic system and elaborate world setup. It has great action scenes, and I've been told that I haven't seen anything yet.
Very exciting.
I played Racquetball for the first time tonight with my youth group. An interesting experience, and definitely something I'd be willing to repeat. Though it's all about the people you're playing with. Being the physically inept guy that I am, having a bunch of guys who are very forgiving of your shortcomings is very helpful.
Chick-Fil-A. First time today, and I found it very satisfying. Great chicken... And that's all I have to say about it. Really.
I've been to read more fan fics lately, and, being cautious and going through TV Tropes for my recommendations, I think I've found some real gems. Very good stuff. I found Morphic, a rather dark pokemon fic about half-breeds between pokemon and humans, to be excellent, and, while there is quite a bit of foul language, most of it is fairly deserved. But, as a warning, it touches on a few very sensitive topics, including religion, abortion, and death, but handles them quite realistically and maturely in my opinion.
I finished my 10K word story challenge, and was fairly pleased with the result. I got a 195 out of 200, which I'm very excited about. Now, I didn't finish the story, but I think I left it hanging on a rather nice cliffhanger. I started the story off with the mindset of a superhero story about a citizen of a city whose entire population has superpowers. But where my plot took me follows more of the style of an action thriller, but with the same superpower twist. I think it turned out rather well.


An Obituary

Today had a moment that will probably stand out in my memory for the rest of my life.
I haven't mentioned it here, but I grew up on legos, specifically, the Bionicle line. These things have been an obsession of mine since I was eight years old. In the last year or so, though, my interest has began to slacken when it comes to the current events of the series. When I logged into a community site dedicated to the series, BZPower, for the first time in a while, it came as a blow to the chest when the news page displayed articles referencing the end of the line.
My pulse quickening and my head fuzzy, I looked over the back articles to find a letter from the Lego Group to BZPower, detailing that they would be discontinuing the toy line after a release in January...
I gave ten years to these toys. No one who has not gone through a similar experience can't imagine the specific sense of loss that I've felt.
Goodbye, Bioncle, we had a good run.



Wake Up Call

As I've said: sporadic posting.
It's been more than two weeks since my last post, which I admit is quite a bit. Not that you care...*glare*
My Xbox 360 has been racking up games pretty quick over the last couple weeks due to a sudden rush by my 15 year old brother to purchase as many games as he can before our parents make us not buy anything until Christmas after Thanksgiving. I've pitched in a few bucks here and there, but mainly my stand on this is to let him get as much as he wants for MY Xbox. So as he puts in lots of work, in the end, the fruits of this labor will become mine. Of course, by the time this deviously concocted plan plays out the 360 may become obsolete. Oh, well, I'm getting Modern Warfare out the deal, so the joke's on him.
South Pacific is over FINALLY. And we did fantastically, our very critical director was left speechless on several occasions and we managed to break his rating scale, scoring two 10.5s and 12 on closing night. Our school's theme for this year is "Leave A Legacy", which I think we've done pretty well.
I've been taking a Creative Writing class this semester, and our big project for the month of November is to write a short novel in class. This reminded me of the marathon writing project that my mother is currently involved in. Shortly after I thought this, our teacher pulled up the website in the previous link on his projector...WOW. He was already a pretty cool guy, but this scores him about 500 awesome points.
Now that the musical is over, Madrigal rehearsals are being scaled up quite a bit in order to prep for the craziness that is December for our choir. 6 am rehearsals three days a week, and intense feelings of nervousness have been highly prevalent. Especially since our very first performance is for an extremely prominent group of people...as in WORLD RENOWNED.



Brief post, because I simply must spread word of how awesome Bioshock 2 looks!
Multiplayer? Check! New plot? Check! New equipment? Check! Dual wielding a giant drill and a flamethrower plasmid? ...I must buy this game!!!
Don't think so? WATCH THIS.
Back now? Yeah, that's what I thought.
Musical rehearsals are both heating up and slowing down. No more 6ams, but now we have long after school rehearsals EVERY DAY. And now we're mixing in Madrigal 6ams, oh, JOY. [/sarcasm]
Y'know what I've realized about the version of Beauty and the Beast I'm doing? It's so very 80s. I knew that's when it was written, but this is just NUTS. And the music is a bit schizophrenic when it comes to the genre, it can't really seem to decide what it wants to be. Is it a traditional musical, or is it a rock opera? IT DOESN'T KNOW!!!


HMS Frantic Boredom

Well, I missed the concert. Lame. But I'll survive. And now we move on to Christmas music! We have eight songs so far, just about every one is a recognizable song. But most are interesting arrangements, so that's a kind of a bonus.
We've finished off 6 am rehearsals for South Pacific, but now we move into early madrigal rehearsals. *sigh*
Electronic media don't seem as appealing as they used to. It's an interesting turn. I need something new to do. Blogging seems to help a bit, but not by much.
High School Musical. I am simply baffled as to how popular it is. I blame Disney's relentless marketing techniques. My sister is enamored with it, and the music is so dang catchy!
November is NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. The basic is objective is to write a 50,000 word novel over the course of one month... A month. That's almost 2000 words a day! I've attempted this mountain a couple of times and fallen flat on my face on both occasions. I simply don't have time for it! Will I try it again? I don't know.


Not Good In Any Way Whatsoever

Listening To: Nightwish
Health: In the tube
Need To Catch Up On TV: Drastic

Being sick sucks, period.
I've been half dead for about twenty four hours and it is awful. The timing couldn't be worse. We're in the thick of rehearsals for South Pacific and our first choir concert is in two days. And I hate sleeping all day, it makes me feel like a blob. While I do enjoy sleeping in, this is the exact opposite of enjoyment. But this does give me some time to rest up and get my head together before going through another rush of extracurriculars, and to update this blog!
I love webcomics, they are awesome. They don't even have to be the funny kind, dramatic ones are great if done well. Recently, I've been reading comics at snafu-comics.com. Their more prominent artist, Bleedman, has some truly excellent work. He has a pair of comic series that are basically enormous crossovers between popular cartoons injected with a good dose of dark themes and spectacular writing, and they are AWESOME. These are Grim Tales and the PPGD. Truly amazing, though it's probably the geekiest thing I've ever read in my life.
Now for something simply silly!
Star Wars Uncut is a fan recreation of the original Star Wars, but divided into fifteen second clips that anyone can pick up and make. Each is intended to be a reconstruction of the moment in question, but it can be made in any way. Any film style, no matter how low budget/quality, can and will be accepted to the site, and once they have the whole movie done they'll put it together for people to watch. It'll be the most schizo movie ever, but it'll definitely be fun.
My brain is in jumbles from being sick so I'll stop here.



I've decided to add a couple of tags to the start of each of my posts describing my current status.

Listening To: Assorted Soundtracks, A Teens
Most Active Site Of The Moment - snafu-comics.com
Outlook Of The Day - Slogging Through

Ugh, I'm just so tired right now. But this is really the best time for my posting cuz I'm typically brimming with all the stuff in my brain while physically drained. I wonder if there's a reason for that? Kind of like the law of motion, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction"? Idunno.
This musical is going to kill me, I just know it. I'm way behind on my TV shows and in serious need of some downtime. Only a few more weeks, and once All State is over things'll lighten up.
I like Glee, but it's not exactly the most appropriate city. Kind of a guilty pleasure. But one thing that always bugs me about it is that, being a student of the performing arts, I always think "Dang, this is the most dysfunctional group ever." It's good TV though. :)
I love crossover fanfics, I do, I tend to write them as well. I have a couple of big projects in the works right now, but I'm not gonna tell you about them or else my creative juices will drain faster than oil down a wet drain. That drains quickly right? You'd think so.
But I'll tell you this, they both have more than ten sources, yeah.
Gonna go read more crossover fanfics!


Football and Firefox

Football is not my cup of tea...usually.
The Super Bowl and maybe my school's Homecoming game are about the only times I ever take interest in the sport, but last night my more sports-oriented relatives came to visit and took the male members of my family to a football game. I did not have high hopes for the game. But after about the first quarter I was up singing the fight songs and stomping my feet even more than anyone else in my family. Lets just say I am a very enthusiastic person and leave it at that.
I have a pet peeve. I use Firefox, and I open up a large number of tabs while online. And when I close it down I can save these tabs so I'll get them back when I boot it up the next time I'm on. Sometimes I'll have to go do something else and one of my immediate family members will close it down without saving the tabs. This leaves me to find all the places I was at the next time I'm on.
This drives me up the wall.
I'll probably post more later today.



It's been a few days, so an update should help spruce things up!
My throat has been scratchy, sore, and bugging the crap out of me. It hurts.
Weather outside is freezing, weather inside is HOT, neither is comfortable.
I've been reading around on the internet and have confirmed some suspicions I've had for a while:
Harry Potter fans are insane. Don't believe me? Go here for a list of truly mind-boggling instances of off-the-wall craziness.
...Sorry got lost.
Star Wars has a whole lot of music, so much so that it takes up at least a fourth of my Rhapsody playlist than anything else. And my playlist is over 500 songs. No, really. I'm listening to it right now.
I love webcomics, but one of my favorites is based on Dungeons And Dragons. It's called the Order of the Stick, here's the archive. It may be one of the most dorky things you'll ever see, but I love the stuff.



Wow, it's been a little while since posting, so, UPDATE!
So, having seen the complete lack of followers for this blog, I'm gonna announce it on Facebook! Yay!
I still won't announce my name on here and I expect anyone who knows me to allow me my internet anonymity, thanks.
So...I'll go do that!


I Have A Bad Feeling About This

So, on Saturday morning I had rehearsal for a very exclusive choir. Turns out I have to memorize FIVE SONGS in a week. Guess what's playing on iTunes right now?
Oh, it's gonna be a long week.
You know what's fun? Sitting in the room when your family members are watching a TV show they like and laughing at serious things cuz they look funny if you don't know what's going on. I do this when my folks are watching Stargate: Atlantis. Yeah, it seems a little backwards, but Stargate has never really been my cup of tea. Go figure.
You know what I hate? People who tell me what to do without knowing what the heck they're talking about. Especially, when I have to listen to them. I'm not gonna name names, but let me tell you, the list is longer than I'd like.
Now, I try to inform people when they do this, and most of the time they realize their mistake and apologize. But some will say they get it, but they don't. In one ear and out the other, as they say. So frustrating.
This topic is making me edgy, let's move on, shall we?
Sometimes I'll be watching a show and something totally unexpected will throw me for a loop. I'm not talking about plot twists, I'm talking about guys so pretty, they're often mistaken for gals. Really freaks me out.
I started watching Naruto recently, and they bring in that one guy, Haku? They guy with the ice mirrors? And the mask? Ah, heck, I don't know. And any of you who know the show can feel free to correct me, I'm just tired.
Speaking of Naruto, another thing that bugs me with shows sometimes in when they stretch out the most insignificant things to fill for time or for emphasis. EMPHASIS! To the point where the entire contents of an episode can be summed up with, "this guy used a move, they talked about how cool it was, this other guy used a move, they talk about that one for the rest of the episode".
No, really.
Would write more, but my brain is going into shutdown mode.


Blabba Blab

You know what's fun? Laughing. And I had an awesome time this afternoon.
The Drama Club at my school had a "social" (fancy term for party) today, and we did this one thing where you lay on the floor with your head on someone else's stomach and another person has their head on your stomach and it's a whole chain of people. As weird as this may sound, it gets weirder. Then, starting at one end of the chain, you start going "ha". But the object is really to get people to laugh as much as possible, cuz that bounces the people around you and eventually everyone is cackling a swarm of stereotypical witches. I at least thought it was awesome. Of course, I'm easily provoked to laugh and the rather awkward positioning combined with the crazy antics that go on around you (it also provoked things further that the person on my stomach kept poking me in the side, where I happen to be rather ticklish) make things rather uproariously funny. It may sound strange as folk, but I find it extremely fun.
Knight to Strange Topic!
Is it just me, or are a lot of older cartoons being remade lately? In the last few months, Cartoon Network has made a few TV movies of Tom and Jerry. A little while ago, it seems like they said, "Screw it, we're making a series." And so they did.
In the original cartoons, the woman that Tom and Jerry sometimes lived with was a bodacious, southern, black woman. Now she's a bodacious, southern white woman. I don't know whether the change has made it more or less racist than before.
This thought process is boring, NEXT!
I wrote a paper yesterday for my creative writing class at school. We were supposed to write about a school issue. So, with a little inspiration from my friends' topics and a little of my snarky nature, I decided to write about "The Harm Of Stereotypes In School". After writing about it, I now realize that my thoughts, while pretty true, are very scathing towards the school administration and a good chunk of the students. While most of these points need to be made, I may have been a little harsh. And my school is actually very good about a lot of these, though it obviously has its problems as well. I know a lot of you don't care about my paper and would rather I not talk about what you have no knowledge of, I'm merely unburdening myself, so don't pay too much attention.
...GAH! Sorry, distracted by this really frickin' trippy game. It's called Time Fcuk and it's on Newgrounds. My brain feels like it's gonna explode. Go check it out.


Awful By Association

It's Wednesday. While this might mean nothing to you it does mean something to me to me!
No rehearsals today! And it's my sister's birthday! Happy b-day, sis! She's 7 today.
SWERVE says the train of thought!
If you've noticed, all NONE of you, hmph, I like to link to TV Tropes, a rather cool site, filled to the brim with funny information on conventions of fiction of all sorts. And it's a wiki, so you can add all sorts of things! Check it out! But it also has a tendency to suck your life away as exemplified here. Yeah, it's kind of like that.
Walking down the street, you don't see a lot off hats that really grab attention. Maybe the odd baseball cap, but not much more. Me? I try to defy this convention and have a couple of really cool hats, the most prominent of which is a trilby. Now you may be thinking, "NF, you silly! Yahtzee did it first, making it the most evil hat ever!" You know what I say to that? SO WHAT.
Look, just because the man who is perhaps the most reviled game reviewer on the internet wears this hat doesn't mean it's bad by association. This is the kind of thing that gets so often applied to Hitler. And besides, I wore this hat long before I'd even heard of him so HA!



Hello, hello! Me again!
Who's heard of this Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins nonsense? Just me? Oh, well, you're going to listen to me rant about it for a few sentences so haha.
Apparently, Cartoon Network feels it's time to violate the Scooby-Doo franchise, AGAIN, in the most painful way possible: by making another live action movie of it. But not a big budget, theater released movie with the added bonus of Sarah Michelle Gellar's sexy, sexy body to rope in all of the male fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer under the age of 20. No, no, but with a crappy, TV released movie set in the present day. A-can I get a "canon violation"? NOT from you, Strong Sad.

1. Freddie is freakin' BLONDE, dangit!
2. When the heck did Velma get ASIAN?
3. This is a '60s cartoon people!

What's worse, that they completely thrashed this franchise's poor, bloodied body, or that I was totally expecting it?
Oh, and while all of the criminal's motives are rather odd, the fact that their first baddie is their principal trying to get a misprint stamp? LAME.
My verdict? EPIC FAIL.
Wow, I spent, what? Five paragraphs on this? Time for a RANDOM TOPIC CHANGE!
You know who the sickest, most evil man on the planet is?
Don't you even go there.
No, I'll TELL you who it is:

Joss Whedon.
You're probably laughing at me right now, but this is simply further evidence of his awful dominion.
No, he has not murdered or tortured any real people, per se, but his terrorizing reign over the worlds of fiction is monstrous and unending. Ever since his television debut with Buffy he has tormented the lives of dozens of lovable characters, all while forcing them to remain under a guise of good humor. Is this wholesome behavior? NO
He also has a nasty habit of derailing characters for the sake of his own unintelligible metaphors. He should be put to death for what he did to Willow!
Even on the internet, his psychosis knows no bounds. If you have not seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long-Blog, click this RIGHT NOW and go see the terrifying depths that this man will sink to.
These acts have horrified, shocked and enraged fans for more than a decade. And the worst part? THEY LIKE IT. The masochistic pigs like it!
And you know what scares me? They can be ANYONE. The poor saps! Dragged through the infernal circles of Whedon's depraved soul.
And, yes, I will admit it: I am one of them!
As much as I revile and hate that man, I am drawn like a bee to sweet, sweet flowers to the products of his mind. And in a few weeks, Dollhouse Season 2 will premiere and will be unable to look away! It's the same curse that forced me to read all four Twilight books! Except that I actually LIKE IT!!!
I can no longer do this, I must go lament the loss of my free will.


Day 2

Tired, again. Darn early mornings.
But tomorrow is Saturday! And that means I can sleep in! FINALLY!!!
My folks are out of town tonight. You might be thinking, "Rock on, man! Throw a party or something!" But that's not gonna happen. Why? I have three sibs to babysit. Ugh. I have a feeling that the disney channel is gonna be on til the early hours of the morning. Unless I send them all to bad before then cuz I just can't stand them anymore. That's not a half bad idea, akshully.
We did blocking in rehearsal this afternoon. That's where you plot out the movements onstage for everyone but without the actual sets or props. I get to throw a shirt in my friend's face. This guy can be kind of a jerk but is really funny so I'm looking forward to it.
Train of thought swerving, and...random topic change!
Monty Oum is a frickin' genius, I'm not even kidding. This guy makes some of the most awesome videos you will ever find on the internet ever. Haloid is his first, and answers what would happen if Master Chief and Samus Aran ever fought. SPOILER: We win.
Dead Fantasy is his current series. And I think it's better than Haloid, honestly. It's a crossover between Final Fantasy and Dead Or Alive. I've never played DOA, but this series has increased my level of interest. It started out with only female characters (what is it with that guy?) but expanded it's repertoire in it's later installments. Really CHECK IT OUT.
Now from videos based on games to an actual game!
Spore! The latest brainchild sprung from the mind of legendary game designer Will Wright, creator of The Sims and SimCity!
The game in a nutshell, you take a species you create through five evolutionary stages: Cell, Creature, Tribe, Civilization, and Space. All the while you guide it's choices and expand your power over the world around.
Some have criticized the game for having the first four levels being shallow. I do admit that this a fairly deserved comment. The game really reaches it's stride when it hits Space, though. But the real genius of the game is the creators. It lets you build pretty much anything, animals, buildings, vehicles and spaceships. It's truly brilliant and intuitive, and where the game really shines. If you've ever wanted to make an alien, whatever it be, this is the game for you.
Yes, I know, I like to pour out praise for things I like, but I'll try to be snarkier.
Starting now!
Twilight. The very word fills my soul with fear. These books SUCK. In fact, it sucks so hard that I find myself unable to formulate in words the true depths of my loathing, but the following does a good job of summarizing some of my hate for the series. Now you might pass me off as a hater, and you'd technically be right. But first read this. Now be enlightened.

"There is a lot wrong with Stephanie Meyer's writing. Annoying, one-dimensional characters, overused and redundant adjectives, a disturbingly sick and obsessive relationship, and the most disgustingly blatant Mary Sue since Stephen Dedalus. Not to mention the fact that a love story that is supposedly about seeing inner beauty is impossible to take seriously when the writer can't stop gushing over how gorgeous and pretty and beautiful and hot and sexy and graceful and attractive Edward is. It's also worth noting the fact that it ignores pretty much all accepted ideas of vampirism, removing every single weakness and curse vampirism entails, from holy water to sunlight to the need to drink human blood, and replaces them with...random superpowers. Then there's the utterly twisted plot points, like Bella marrying and getting pregnant right out of high school, Bella refusing to get away from a guy who admits to her face he feels urges to kill her solely because he's hot (or would "dazzling" be more appropriate?), and a werewolf falls in love with a newborn baby and promises to care for her until she is "of age" so he can woo her. If that wasn't horrifying enough, the baby conveniently happens to physically mature at an accelerated rate, and will look 17 when she is 7, so that's okay. No it's not.

"I could accept this as a badly written book, but there are some things here that go beyond fantasy and reveal either a very naive or very twisted author. The series, which is written for girls nearing dating age, idolizes a textbook abusive relationship. Edward is controlling, prone to bursts of anger, moody, and jealous. He cuts her off socially, and she follows him like a blind puppy, expressing horror at the very concept of him leaving her. Or, you know, killing her. He justifies any wrongdoing against her with “It’s just because I love you” or “It’s what’s best for you.” As if that wasn't enough, he watches her while she sleeps. That's not sweet, that is stalkerish, and if a girl gets the idea that this is acceptable from Edward, she will be ignorant of a classic warning sign of a very dangerous person. It presents a risk of violence and abuse as an exciting obstacle that can be overcome with true love, and treats obsessiveness as romantic and flattering, which is a great mindset to have while being abused. I have enough confidence in human intelligence to know that fans of these books aren't all going to be eager to get into abusive relationships, but if the best thing I can say about the love story is "readers will probably be smart enough not to emulate the main character," that is not a good thing.

"The Twilight series is a poorly written story of an obsessive relationship told by an unreliable narrator, but even with all this I could still ignore it. But there is one story aspect that I simply cannot overlook, one that fills me with such rage and disgust at the very thought of it that I feel true, genuine hatred for this series and its author. I am talking, of course, about sparkly vampires. That is not a joke. The vampires sparkle. They're not weak to sunlight, it makes them glitter. I could understand if it was a cringeworthy metaphor, but no. As if Edward wasn't already slathered in adjective and adverb vomit, he has to literally emit glowing rays of light to really drive the point home that he's pretty. For Pete's sake, even My Little Pony has the taste and common decency to forgo bioluminescence, and she's a horse who exists for no reason other than to look pretty. Edward, a humanoid, has no such excuse. For all the poor writing and warped notions of how romance works, it's the fact that Edward is basically a big piece of jewelry with a rocklike personality to match that drives the point home that these are bad books."

Do you see what's wrong with it NOW, fangirls!? See the slim facade of pretty prose from Bella's shallow brain that disguises all the problem's that are contained in her and Edward's relationship!? Yeah, I hope so.


First Post!

Hello, and welcome to Rampant and Rhetoric! This is my very first post here and can't wait to get started!
My posts on here are bound to be a bit sporadic, but I'll try to keep this up for a while especially if people like it.
Now, you can call me NF, the acronym of my username, makes things simple.
I'm a big fan of the performing arts (choir, theatre, band, orchestra, etc.) with choir and theatre taking up a big part of my school schedule. Recently our school started the production of this year's fall musical. This time around it's South Pacific, and what do they do first after obliterating my hopes of getting a lead? Give us three 6am rehearsals in a ROW. That's right, I've had to get up at 5 in the morning, yesterday, today, and (drumroll, please) tomorrow!
While the grammar there might not have gone so well, the point still stands. Getting up that early SUCKS, and is unhealthy for the cast. This was part of the reason I wanted a lead, they don't have to do most of the early morning rehearsals!
While I was expecting this, having gone through the same process last year, does it make it any easier? No, no, and no.
Unrelated tangent time!
My mom goes grocery shopping on friday, and what's today? Thursday. What does this mean? That's there's absolutely NOTHING to be scavenged from the kitchen that takes less than thirty seconds to make. And while hunger is a good motivator for hard work, it doesn't give you amazing cooking knowledge no matter how much you might think so.
Now you might be thinking, "Aw, poor little kid can't eat when he wants." What I say to that is shove off. I'm 6 foot and 145 pounds, I need FOOD.
Alternatively, you could be thinking, "Why is this here? Weren't you just talking about early morning rehearsals?"
While it may seem random, it actually figures into my current status, I'm hungry and tired, which is now on Facebook. If you can find out who I am from this, congratulations! You're a creepy stalker who terribly needs to get a life!
Now a really random tangent!
I like music, a lot. But sometimes it just becomes...odd. Like the title of Fall Out Boy's newest album, Folie a Deux. If the books on the shelves in the library of the creepy mental hospital level of Second Sight (which is actually a good game, the gameplay's a little off, but the story is brilliant and definitely worth a look if you give a crap about story) are to be believed, it's a type of mental disorder where one person has a delusion and another person believes them, effectively transferring the delusion. And...Wikipedia confirms it! Well, well, looks like the developers DID do the research!
But this leads to the interesting question of "what leads them to name their album after a psychological disorder?" Now, I may be looking at this too hard, but it might be a reference to one (or MORE!?) of the band member's mental health. Just a little mini-theory. Or maybe they're the ones who didn't do the research.
Thanks for reading my first post, and remember to try and critique!