marycatelli: (Galahad)
There's a heroine who has to have a power, and it has to be the ability to drain life. . . .

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Working on the bad guys.

Who form an organization called the Web, which is, if not commonly known, at any rate not actively hidden.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
I mentioned earlier that you can find such a character by being a woman who lost her husband to magic and going on a quest for him.  Though it's not reliable.  You might meet the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars instead.
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
It's kind of annoying to find a writer who talks of the importance of doing your research and then pulls an awful research blooper.

In fairy tales, all witches are evil, and all wizards good. sigh

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Was pondering the masquerade and realized -- what if the magical being were forced away as punishment?

It would leave a whole lot of the world-building questions open but still has its intriguing aspects

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
So there's this new superhero -- made according to his world, and so a product of mad science, not to say a victim of mad scientists --

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
Was in a discussion of Cursed Child and its flaws. . . . one observation was that in one respect Albus was Slytherin ambitious.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
A Dark Lord or other such Evil Force is a nice unifying thing for a story, and still more a series.  However many minions he has, however many ramifications the plot has, the tale has a nice unity.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
I have a group of seven characters.  Three are orphans: one has a guardian, traveling and hard to find; two (siblings) have a half-brother and sister-in-law they are alienated from.  Two have parents who are traveling and hard to find.  One is motherless and alienated from her father.  The seventh has loving parents.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
The Cursed Child did not add much to the details of why the magic is all living in secrecy in the Harry Potter world.  However, it did have one interesting touch -- spoiler warning --

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
Prudence is a virtue.  So is wisdom.  And courage, as Aristotle observes a long time ago, is the midpoint between two extremes, namely cowardice and foolhardiness.

Which means that if paladins aren't ever allowed to retreat from a fight, they aren't, in fact, pillars of virtue and goodness.

(Why, yes, I've been reading something with D&D paladins in it.)
marycatelli: (Galahad)
Prequels are dangerous because you are boxed in by what went before. Sometimes even when it's long before, so that things don't have to go to hell in a handbasket to start up the sequel.

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space opera

Dec. 7th, 2015 09:49 pm
marycatelli: (Reading Desk)
Space opera, as every reader doubtless knows, is a pejorative term often applied to a story that has an element of adventure. Over the decades, brilliant and talented new writers appear, receiving great acclaim, and each and every one of them can be expected to write at least one article stating flatly that the day of space opera is over and done, thank goodness, and that henceforth these crude tales of interplanetary nonsense will be replaced by whatever type of story that writer happens to favor — closet dramas, psychological dramas, sex dramas, etc., but by God important dramas, containing nothing but Big Thinks. Ten years late, the writer in question may or may not still be around, but the space opera can be found right where it always was, sturdily driving its dark trade in heroes.

Leigh Brackett
marycatelli: (Cat)
I had thought nothing of it.  The three students still on speaking terms with parents or guardian and not within easy walking distance got letters.

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
On further reflection, I note one thing about having the Harry Potter houses line up with schemata of virtues:

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
One thing that bugs me about Harry Potter was that Slytherin House was framed as the Evil house to such an extent as to make you wonder whether the other three were idiots to let him add it.  Comic, I know, but there could be more that underscores the virtues necessary.

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team evil

Jun. 13th, 2015 01:24 pm
marycatelli: (Galahad)
pondering a trope used in Castle Hangnail.

Sometimes the Evil is comically used, to indicate what team the characters are on.  The thing is, it gets into tension with the terms good and evil.

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