jurassic park from the raptors’ perspective
you know how sometimes you’re kind of ehhh about a character when you first see the movie or show, but then everyone else in the fandom loves them? and the more you see art/fic/meta about them, the more you start to despise them? so it’s just this inversely proportionate hate spiral of rage and contempt?
- Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
- Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
- Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
- Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
- Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
- Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
- Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
- Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
- Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
- Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
- Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
- Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
- Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.
So I finally stumbled across this twitter account.
If you’re a feminist and you’re against fat acceptance or participate in body shaming, you’re one weak as fuck feminist. Support for your sisters should not have a weight limit or shape requirement.
I refuse to be a feminist who supports fat acceptance. I believe that men and women should be equal. It should not make me weak to not support something I think is harmful and anti-productive. If I was weak I would bow to pressure to accept these ideas just to be seen as an acceptable feminist.
So you refuse to support fat women, making you one hell of a shitty feminist, especially when the evidence is all against fat shaming and the outdated notion that fat is unhealthy. Do some reading.
- Weight Watchers works for 2/1000
- Following a diet, almost all weight is regained within 5 years
- A meta-analysis of every US weight-loss study ever…giving exactly the same result
- Encouraging fat acceptance improves ‘obese’ women’s health
- BMI doesn’t determine your health
- Being fat doesn’t increase your risk of mortality unless you have coexisting diabetes and hypertension, and thin people are more likely to die of diabetes than fat people.