‘K, this post is just gonna be a jumble of things. Thought I’d warn you now, heh.
A couple of days ago I went to see The Hunger Games in theaters (and it’s really wonderful, btw), and fellow writer Jay Noel and I got to talkin’ on Facebook about whether we thought the movie or the book was better. We have different opinions, though my primary reason for liking the movie best was a matter of personal taste, I think.
I thought the novel itself lacked subtlety. Everything was made so obvious that I didn’t really have to use inference at all. And maybe it’s because it’s a YA novel, idk, but I like having a mixture of things you have to figure out for yourself and outright explanations. Personally.
Anyway, this got me thinking about subtlety in fiction and the challenge of achieving it. Soon enough I was on Google seeing what other writers had to say about it. I came across two really good articles that were more or less saying the same things, just differently, though they were both insightful, imo. I think the one explains things more in-depth, but the other is good, too.
Check ’em out, if you’re interested.
Hey! I’m actually making some progress on editing! (I change the color of the progress bar some whenever I advance a percentage point or more, hehe.)
It’s been hard getting back into some kind of rhythm after all that’s happened, but excuses aren’t going to get things done. (Sometimes I feel like I need permission to work on this thing, as it currently does not bring in any income. Maybe that’s silly, but it can be hard internally justifying a time-consuming effort when you have no guarantee whether its fruits will be lucrative.)
Anyway, my goal is to sift through a minimum of 500 words every day until the end of June. (Might sound like very little, but I’m not just making quick fixes this round.) After that, I should be ready to start sending chapters for critique out to first readers–yay! Maybe I get done before then, but in any case that’s gonna be my mandatory deadline. We’ll see how that goes. (So far I’ve been doing considerably more than my daily goal, so I’m off to a good start, at least.)
More Mass Effect Stuff (SPOILERS!)
Last time when I talked about playing Mass Effect 3 a couple of folks requested I do a “spoiler-y post” on my interpretation of the game’s ending.
I give in.
My thoughts aren’t just my own, however. When I finished the game I knew something felt “off”, but I didn’t realize that this could have potentially been Bioware’s intent all along. And, after considering other people’s theories and thinking in retrospect…I had to come to the conclusion that maybe the writers at Bioware are just incredibly clever folks (and not the sloppy plotters so many fans are making them out to be).
As I said once, the ending felt really strange and eerie to me, like what was happening wasn’t the “real” ending. Then I watched a few videos like this one and thought, “Whoa…that explains almost everything!” Perhaps there was a reason I felt so out-of-sorts at the end; perhaps I, the outside player, was experiencing a simulation of the in-story phenomenon of Reaper indoctrination (brief 87-second video).
I have to tell you, this theory changed the entire way I looked at the game. It truly blew my mind. The fact that I had no idea what was going on at the end of the game and, according to this theory, quite literally fell into the trap of the Reapers (by tossing myself into the energy beam that would bring about the Synthesis of organic and synthetic life) is just brilliant; it’s also sad. If I were actually Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect universe, I would have voluntarily doomed the galaxy to Reaper control.
And I didn’t even see it coming.
Now I’m kind of determined to replay the game and make the theorized “best” choice at the end, the one that has mattered all along: destroying the Reapers. Still, I enjoyed my original gaming experience with my “guinea pig” character Genevieve Shepard, whom I’ve used on my first play-throughs for all the ME games. In any case, I do think Bioware should release free content with some real answers. 😛 (I suppose I get why they might hold back answers for a while, though. It does encourage a lot more discussion and theorizing.)
In the end, I guess it’s still possible that all the available endings are failures, depending on how you interpret them, but I guess us fans will just have to wait and see.