stories

Random report

 
Looked in on ABC3 a few nights ago, which I had not done in many months. They had some show on called Vampire Knight, and from the description I was thinking it would be similar to The Worst Witch so I decided to try watching an episode. Surprised to find it is actually a dubbed anime series as I hadn't thought that to be the sort of thing they air.Seems to star a girl called Yuki who attends Cross Academy and works as a guardian protecting the Day Class (humans) from students in the Night Class...

One of my pet peeves

 
Last night I read a blog comment in which someone claimed ey otherwise enjoys reading A Song of Ice and Fire, but are frequently thrown out of the story by too-modern word use on the part of the characters. Specific example used being the word 'fuck'.I would be all on board with this except that:(a) According to the sources I've checked, including the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word dates back to at least the 1500s and(b) A Song of Ice and Fire is not actually a series of historical novels, nor...

Origins

 
(trying to sleep. maybe letting some words out will help. no longer the case, having fallen asleep then and finishing now days later.)Worlds have to come from somewhere. Either you start with something from nothing - divinity or not is detail - or your world is eternal, infinitely old.Most of my worlds do not have their origins decided. Some do. Others ought to, unless they're for something like a self-contained short without room for that to matter, so long as the setting is. Sometimes the story of the...

Addenda

 
Forgot to add this last night - also in The Hungry Earth Amy suggests to the Silurians that if they want to live in harmony with humans there are several abandoned places they could inhabit, listing the Australian Outback, Nevada plains and Sahara.But... people live there. And we already have a pretty bad history with taking land from some people and declaring it to belong to others, including two of the specific places listed. Australia, for example, having been declared terra nulllius in the past...

I bring you petty annoyances

 
ABC is replaying season 5 of the new Doctor Who series. As much fun as the show can be, plenty of the episodes of that season annoyed me, possibly more than any other season of that show I've watched. Possibly.The weeping angels double, for example. Despite being written by the same person who originally devised those creatures, the story comes off as a betrayal of the concept when we see them moving on screen and the ploy of someone pretending to be able to see successfully keeping them frozen until...

Sunday Story Ratings: #00025 - Achievement edition

 
Birdsong by Sebastian FaulksPublished 1994, copyright 1993 Recommended Rating: R18+[NDVLH]NudityDrug Use (cigarettes, alcohol [underage])Strong ViolenceLanguageReligious References Restricted to persons aged 18 and over Representations:Although there are sections with female characters, their concerns all seem to revolve around men in or absent from their lives.So far as could tell, everyone in the story is white English, French or German. There were some Jewish characters cameoing to...

Real is not enough

 
Some weeks ago the British series Misfits started airing here. It seems to be another in a line of attempts to show 'how superheroes would be in the real world', like the series No Heroics. The characters in this one are certainly convincing enough; I've been meeting people like them all my life. But, I don't like them and in the two episodes I watched there wasn't either any plot or drama that made me want to keep watching in spite of the characters. For me, perhaps the problem is these...