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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celaeno wrote:

The plot is Groundhog Day (but with a lifetime)


the fanfiction term for a character that does that is Peggy Sue/Groundhog Peggy Sue

it turns up a lot


there's at least one long-running fic like that for each major internet fandom and a short fic like that for most moderately well-known franchises

there's also an ongoing collaborative thing mixing basically all fictional worlds + various historical figures with infinite crossover time loops

some of them are pretty good
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, finally

edit: also, Guardians Of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers vol 1
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretties, by Scott Westerfield. I like the setting, but I can't stand slogging through a story where one character tells a giant lie, then builds on that lie - and you know that the lie just has to fall apart.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stripeypants wrote:
Pretties, by Scott Westerfield. I like the setting, but I can't stand slogging through a story where one character tells a giant lie, then builds on that lie - and you know that the lie just has to fall apart.

Oh my god same, that's why I hated watching American Hustle, I was so stressed throughout it. I hate watching or reading things like that, and they always seem to put themselves in the unfixable situation and make it worse instead of telling a more sensible lie and making it likely they'll get away with it. I remember as a kid I would abandon watching episodes of shows where they had situations like that, I just straight up couldn't handle it.

I don't know if this is normal or if it's a weird quirk that we share haha.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ennis wrote:
stripeypants wrote:
Pretties, by Scott Westerfield. I like the setting, but I can't stand slogging through a story where one character tells a giant lie, then builds on that lie - and you know that the lie just has to fall apart.

Oh my god same, that's why I hated watching American Hustle, I was so stressed throughout it. I hate watching or reading things like that, and they always seem to put themselves in the unfixable situation and make it worse instead of telling a more sensible lie and making it likely they'll get away with it. I remember as a kid I would abandon watching episodes of shows where they had situations like that, I just straight up couldn't handle it.

I don't know if this is normal or if it's a weird quirk that we share haha.

I'm turning 35 in two weeks and I will still do that. It's one thing if there's a legitimate reason, but most times it's the lie that supports the plot. It's one of the most overused tropes and often makes for some horribly unrealistic events as well as motivating people to commit all sorts of crimes usually played off (or at least attempted to be) as laughs e.g. Protagonist committing crimes like breaking and entering, mail fraud, defamation, etc.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It took me a long time to realize that was why I hated watching some awkward things on television. Now I just fastforward through stuff.

The lie didn't come out till the end of the book, even though the author had been constantly building to it. The outing of the lie was really, really unsatisfying in any way to me. It would have been much stronger if the character had admitted to the lie earlier, and she would still have had plenty of reasons to do what she ended up doing later in the book. Without all the forced awkwardness.

It also had obligatory romance triangle. And some stuff to say about brain damage that...uh...I have no idea wtf. So I'm totally skipping the other books in the series.

I also thought I'd get used to the words Pretties, Uglies, Littlies and Specials used to refer to people, and city names like "New PrettyTown." But I didn't. It sounds awkward through the whole book - especially 'Littlie.' Cutie would have fit better with the other words.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i am concurrently reading the well of loneliness and the alexandria quartet. this may be a mistake, for a lot of reasons.
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