#introductions time :)
I'm Aria, I'm going to use this account for some of the writing I've been doing lately. I'm working on what I keep saying is a teen transgender urban fantasy.
I read a ton of science fiction, and have a complicated relationship with fantasy. I'm hoping I can build a world I like. Other people too, we'll see.
So who likes magic systems, video game references, ensemble casts, and thinks teenagers are actual people?
"I Sexually Identify As an Attack Helicopter" http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/fall_01_20/
This might be among the best stories I've read in a while. There are some seriously erudite bits buried in there. Just :chefkiss: delicious rebuttal to everything and a damn good story too.
I wrote a blog post about how I cputer, and where I am running in to limitations.
I'll update a few more times on this topic this month, and post some pictures. http://ajroach42.com/reaching-the-world-from-windows-3-1/
I'm inordinately proud of the intro scene for my antagonist. (https://lachesis.netlify.com/untitled/scene-3lxpdl8)
The worldbuilding in this thing has taken so many turns from where I started. This story is weird, going to stay weird, and I've decided to just roll with it. Teenagers-with-powers superheroish A side vs magical but cyberpunk post-collapse dystopia B side. Two worlds collide.
Steven Universe is super even-handed about doing this to every character who appears regularly, but even so there's some who persistently have storylines around how they don't fit in.
Amethyst. Peridot. Lars. Pink. It's one of the themes of the show to a huge degree.
But interestingly, these groups don't overlap very much. Arguably Steven is in multiple, but mostly the groups are discrete.
And Alison is sometimes too much of a neutral point of view, I find. So I need to find where she has conflict and show it. Turns out she _wants_ to be part of the martial arts crew and have a home in the dojo. A home that feels like a home at all would be amazing but she's not finding it there. It's too complicated, the friendships and camraderie. There's her conflict.
Going back to the story I'm writing though I'm using it to find characters that need more aspects to them, or the natural alliances with an interesting story.
The comic book reading game-playing nerd crew are the heart of the story, but Michele doesn't fit with them despite being maybe the most ubernerd of the bunch.
But some of the classic Star Wars characterizations show here. Han is ill at ease in the rebel base. C3PO is not at home on a desert outworld. Rey is. Finn and Rose's stories are both of not just conflict with but active rejection of the group they were a part of.
Luke's arc is one of finding and then turning away from a group.
Some of this is very satisfying, and the places I find it not so are the places it should have been done more.
The problem though is that while nobody's life is simple, some people's lives are _never_ simple. To see ourselves represented on the screen actually means a daring choice by a director, a willingness to look at what works for most people and _throw it out_.
It makes me sad that everything get so driven into formulaic drivel.
There's a _reason_ we don't hear more about Finn's stormtrooper life, and it's not just because it's traumatic, it's that explaining it makes his character _less_ approachable structurally.
There's a reason we never hear about Rey's life on Jakku in any detail after she leaves. It complicates, and this is a structure that doesn't really have room for complication.
Honestly, it's why JJ Abrams can't make Finnpoe or Finnrose or a triad between Finn, Ray and Poe work.
Explaining any of those stories would throw off the beat sheet. We'd have a little less middle, the payoff would be held a little longer. The resolution would land softly except for the queers in the audience who Get where you're going and will be cheering well before the credits roll, or would if we didn't expect a sudden death from nowhere to ruin it.
Writing a teen transgender urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I study natural language processing, parsing, & graph theory.
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