So I dreamed last night that Anthony Bourdain was hassling me at a party — eavesdropping on my conversations, blocking my way when I tried to ease through a bottleneck of people, that kind of fratboy-flirting crap — so I jumped on his chest, clung like a monkey, and made aggressive smalltalk while he carried me around this swanky Hollywood-style party.
Oddly, he seemed pretty pleased with this, until he decided to jump into the pool and try to drown us both.
I honestly have NO idea how to interpret that.
Head canon: my Rule 63 Black Widower, right here.
i respect your decision to ship whatever you want but also this is the face steve makes at tony when he calls him a showoff
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I can’t remember a single human character from the Godzilla movies of my youth, but “Pacific Rim” spends a respectable amount of time establishing memorable personalities for the Jaeger pilots, scientists and supporting cast — an impressively diverse crowd who must band together to “cancel the apocalypse” (instead of relying on a lone white hero to save the day, the way American movies typically do).
Rather than focusing on the first giant monster to cross the inter-dimensional portal, the film leaps forward a decade or so into mankind’s standoff against the kaiju to depict the big-daddy battle they hope will end the war. Pause just a moment to consider the ambition here: Whereas most summer movies tentatively attempt to establish a franchise, del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham dive into a full-blown sci-fi scenario determined to tell the best possible story the first time around.
Variety: Do Critics Have the Wrong Idea About “Pacific Rim” Director Guillermo Del Toro.
This brings up something I’ve been wanting to say about writing for awhile — something that it’s taken me nearly 20 years of reading and writing both derivative and nonderivative (though truly, nothing is nonderivative so much as it just has the serial numbers filed down and the seams cleverly hidden) fiction. And that is this — fanfic writers have a trick they can pull that is audacious and amazing, and just slings a reader into the world headlong; they treat the reader as if they already KNOW the world, and don’t need the pedestrian details explained to them.
This is generally because they and their readers already share a canon, but what other fiction writers (especially of F/SF) often miss is that ALL readers of fantasy and science fiction share a canon — they’re humans, and they’re smart enough to read, and they’re curious enough to read about things that will never be true. AND when you drop a reader into a new world headlong and just expect that they’re going to land on their feet and roll with what you give them, you are affording that reader one hell of a lot of respect for being smart and intellectually agile. And — here’s the big kicker — READERS LOVE THAT.
People don’t buy F/SF books to be spoonfed effortless amusement — there are other genres for that — they buy those kinds of books because the challenge to their imaginations and their intellects is stimulating in a world that increasingly strips real stimulation and challenge away from us. Corporate drones don’t get a lot of call to use their imaginations over their basic territorial and combat skills these days, believe me, and secretaries and baristas get even less outlet for the brains that raised their ancestors from all fours.
So the way that fan writers write — the same way that Del Toro and Travis Beacham tackled Pacific Rim — is an advantage in writing fiction intended for sale too. That ability to launch a tale not only in medias res, but with full world immersion and no translation labels on the nearby objects. And that is a very good skill for writers to have.
Don’t just erase bad memories. Wipe your hard drive.
yes hi I’d like four please
Combining the two most territorial alcohols not only in a single stomach, but in a single shot?
totalitarian dystopian future lit is like “what if the government got so powerful that all the bad stuff that’s already happening ALSO HAPPENED TO WHITE PEOPLE?”