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On the value of fanfiction. [Nov. 28th, 2010|01:29 am]
Chris
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[Current Location |inside your head]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

There is an expression that has always bothered me. When people speak of watching tv, they talk about 'vegging out' in front of the television.


I have never really been able to grasp this phrase. I don't understand it, and I can't do it. I can't veg out. I understand that the point is you turn your brain off and let the tv entertain you, I just don't understand how people can do that. People have claimed that tv rots your brain, but for me television is a constant fount of ideas.


Over time I've come to the conclusion that there are two ways to consume media. You can accept it for what it is and enjoy it, or you can use it as a springboard for your own imagination. I am infallibly the second type. Whenever I watch anything, read anything or hear anything, regardless of how good it is, in my mind there's always a part of me that is thinking, "If I were in that situation, I would do it this way. And since I did that, these events would go differently, and hold on a second, let me pause this and run an entire scenario of events through my head of how this would have been if that were me, and that was pretty cool, I'll finish watching the show now. Oh god, I can't believe he did that, if it were me...," and, well, the cycle kind of goes on like that. Sometimes it takes me days to watch a single show.


There's also another part of me that is thinking, "See, if I'd written this, I would have changed this character to make them a little more interesting," and other critiquing thoughts. However, rather than simply stopping at critiquing the work, I will take some of my time to completely rewrite the work in my head. This doesn't mean that I'm disapproving of the way it was done, you understand, I just have a different style, and sometimes I favor characters the writer(s) apparently didn't care about, and my brain just doesn't shut up about these sorts of things, so I let it have it's way.


Now, let me be perfectly clear. I do not write fan fiction. This is because I am a highly creative person with literally billions of my own ideas and I know if I waste my time fiddling around with other people's ideas I'll never get anywhere with my own.


And honestly, I don't even really like fan fiction. I like stories, and I like continuations of those stories, but once I've read a story, I don't really want to read that same story again with slight changes. I mean, Hamlet set in the 90's with guns is a cool idea, but you didn't even change the characters or the story, it's the same thing, and I've already read it, so I'm moving on.


However, the fact remains that people who write fan fiction are inherently better consumers of media. Rather than simply accepting what they're given (and let's face it, books, movies, tv shows and video games are not reality, they're not something you're forced to accept), they pick it apart, make changes, and make it their own. Not everyone who does this actually writes fan fiction, I mean, I don't. But whether you put it into writing or leave it all in your head, the point is the same, you don't simply veg out because the story's provided for you.


Now, I'm not saying that fan fiction is any good. Being a better reader does not in any way make you a better writer. I'm not even suggesting you read fan fiction. All I'm saying is, finding out someone writes fan fiction is not a reason to automatically disparage them. They are good people; far better than the people who just go to the movie, laugh or cry or shout, and then forget about it the next day. You can still even hate fan fiction, a lot of it sucks, but seriously, a lot of original fiction sucks, too.


I suppose what I'm basically saying is, hate the game not the playa.
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Life is like that. [Jul. 21st, 2010|07:03 pm]
Chris
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[Current Location |at work]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

Last night I dreamed about a supervillain. He was your basic crazy conspiracy theorist, so he kept making inventions to fight off the aliens, defend against government mind control and destroy the world's masonic masters. The good news is that he wasn't just crazy, but was, in fact, crazy awesome, so all of his inventions worked exactly as planned. The bad news was that 97% of the time he was just being a paranoid nutso, and was completely wrong in every way.

In the dream I was a superheroine who was his archnemesis, and occasional partner for the 3% of the time when he was actually right, like the time he kept telling everyone that there were dwarves living under the earth plotting to take control and subjugate mankind (there was also that time we were really, really drunk and got married; the marriage was annulled the next day...embarrasing). Usually we just humored him and kept him away from anything remotely techinical that he could use to build an anti-doomsday device of any kind.

In the dream there was this supervillainess who convinced him of some conspiracy or other (I forget what it was now) and was basically using him for her own gain. My sidekick/protégé (a scrapper type super, I believe) managed to convince him he was being used (thus reinforcing his belief in conspiracies, and also circular logic -- whee), and they faught off the supervillaness' goons together. Then, still caught up in the excitement of battle, they ended up sleeping together (which is why I ended up telling her the story about the time we got drunk and married).

This teaches us three very important lessons:
1) I have awesome dreams.
2) Crazy is sexy.
3) I have some unique image issues.

Anyway, the upshot of all this is, I think I know what story I'm going to use for NaNoWriMo this year.
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On the grid. [Jun. 8th, 2010|06:49 am]
Chris
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[Current Location |20' straight up from wherever you are]
[mood |discontentdisgruntled]

So, I got a new phone (the HTC Evo in fact), so I finally joined Facebook & Twitter (in fact some of you will have friend requests before you see this).

This is mostly because the phone has built in support for both and combines all updates. This does not mean I'm abandoning Live Journal for Facebook, because, let's face it, that would require me not to have abandoned Live Journal already. (Seriously, I haven't checked this thing in months.) That being said, I may actually keep up with Live Journal better if there's a Google App for it (I don't know, guess I'll find out).

I'm just0chris, because people keep taking justchris, and just.chris isn't available on most sites, because they have something against periods (and I was almost sure these sites were created by men, but what do I know?)

So, if you're one one of these things, feel free to add me, for all the good it will do you. And hell, while I'm in the social mood (cause that's a rarity), if there's any other social networking/IM/stupid waste of time sites/groups/cults you want me to join, just reply and let me know. I might even do it. Assuming I have time to pay attention to you people when I have a shiny new phone to play with.
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Writer's Block: My word [Feb. 27th, 2010|09:00 pm]
Chris
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[mood |apatheticapathetic]

If you could have the writing ability of one author, who would you choose, and why? Would you exchange writing styles permanently?
Terry Pratchett. He's clever. And no, not permanently, just for a book or two. Then I can go back to my normal writing.
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Writer's Block: Money to burn [Feb. 21st, 2010|12:47 am]
Chris
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[mood |apatheticapathetic]

If you were given two weeks off with an unlimited supply of money that was only good for those two weeks (anything you purchased, invested, or saved would disappear when the two weeks were up), what would you do?
Spend it on whores. Disease ridden whores. Diseases which would disappear after the two weeks, since they were also purchased as part of the package deal.

I'd also spend some of the money on visits to the doctor, where I would be diagnosed with these horrible sexually transmitted diseases, only to have them cure themselves a week or so later. I would then use my new found fame as the guy immune to all sorts of random diseases, to go along the talk show circuit, and make enough money to buy the shit I actually wanted.
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Writer's Block: Compare and contrast [Feb. 15th, 2010|04:06 pm]
Chris
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[mood |happyawesome]

What ten words would you use to describe yourself? If your friends were asked to describe you, how closely would all the lists match up?
They would be Awesome. And all my friends would get them awesomely right.
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Writer's Block: Starting from Scratch [Dec. 17th, 2009|09:53 pm]
Chris
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[mood |apatheticapathetic]

What would it take to get you to start a new life on a new world?
A new world.
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(no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2009|04:18 pm]
Chris
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[mood |apatheticapathetic]

Someone should write a book, "Not Dying, For Dummies".

Maybe it should be me.
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2009|04:47 am]
Chris
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[mood |apatheticapathetic]

I like this bump: "The Heroes are trying to save the world. The least you can do is get caught up with what they're doing."

It basically boils down to, "Save the world. Pay a-fucking-ttention!"
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Writer's Block: First Things First [Nov. 19th, 2009|09:45 pm]
Chris
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[mood |apatheticapathetic]

What’s the first thing you do when you log into your computer everyday?
Launch the nukes.
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