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Amorosa-Coonarra Coasts
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Posts: 246
Founded: Oct 30, 2020
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

Postby Amorosa-Coonarra Coasts » Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:12 am

When we're expected to buy a stupid plot point or ignore a failed storytelling element
because 'it's made for kids'.
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I don't believe in the media to report on topics fairly; most of the mainstream, big ones are corporations who are out to make a profit, and sell their space - and audience - to the highest bidder. So yeah, there's a reason I don't trust the press or cable news.

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Crysuko
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Posts: 6777
Founded: Feb 26, 2013
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Crysuko » Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:01 am

The Hero discovers a terrible truth and reports it to a higher authority, who then shrugs it off, requiring said Hero to fix it themselves.
Quotes:
Xilonite wrote: cookies are heresy.

Kelinfort wrote:
Ethel mermania wrote:A terrorist attack on a disabled center doesn't make a lot of sense, unless to show no one is safe.

This will take some time to figure out, i am afraid.

"No one is safe, not even your most vulnerable and insecure!"

Cesopium wrote:Welp let's hope armies of 10 million don't just roam around and Soviet their way through everything.

Yugoslav Memes wrote:
Victoriala II wrote:Ur mom has value

one week ban for flaming xd

Dumb Ideologies wrote:Much better than the kulak smoothies. Their texture was suspiciously grainy.

Syndicalist, vehement anti-fascist.
I USE Qs INSTEAD OF Qs

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British Starsian Influence
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Posts: 12
Founded: Jun 05, 2020
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby British Starsian Influence » Sat Apr 24, 2021 1:31 pm

When the hero loses his identity somehow. That's why it took me a few reads to get into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Harry lost everything that made him who he is.

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Xmara
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Posts: 4054
Founded: Mar 31, 2014
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Xmara » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:02 pm

“It’s the feel-good movie of the year!”

*movie proceeds to rip your heart out*

I hate movies that are labeled as “feel-good” movies. They never make me feel good, and I don’t find the stories to be particularly inspirational. They’re also super cliched.

Seriously, most “feel-good movies” contain at least one (but usually more than one) of these elements:
  • A single mom with a kid (usually she’s widowed)
  • Kid is usually “wise beyond their years”
  • A dog (often some kind of shepherd or retriever)
  • A love interest for the single mom (probably the one who has the dog)
  • A rural-ish setting (either in the Midwest or the South)
  • A tragic event
  • The whole community comes together after this major event to help each other out and raise money
  • A wedding or a birthday party has to take place at a critical moment
  • Religious or spiritual themes
  • Someone dies near the end (usually the dog, but if they really want to pull the heartstrings, it’ll be the kid)
  • Regardless, the deceased will be remembered as being an inspiration to everyone around them and as “too pure for this sinful Earth”
  • At least one person that the deceased impacted will be the town curmudgeon, who will be left with a softer heart and will probably cry the hardest upon learning about the person or pet’s death
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Crysuko
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Founded: Feb 26, 2013
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Crysuko » Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:53 pm

Xmara wrote:“It’s the feel-good movie of the year!”

*movie proceeds to rip your heart out*

I hate movies that are labeled as “feel-good” movies. They never make me feel good, and I don’t find the stories to be particularly inspirational. They’re also super cliched.

Seriously, most “feel-good movies” contain at least one (but usually more than one) of these elements:
  • A single mom with a kid (usually she’s widowed)
  • Kid is usually “wise beyond their years”
  • A dog (often some kind of shepherd or retriever)
  • A love interest for the single mom (probably the one who has the dog)
  • A rural-ish setting (either in the Midwest or the South)
  • A tragic event
  • The whole community comes together after this major event to help each other out and raise money
  • A wedding or a birthday party has to take place at a critical moment
  • Religious or spiritual themes
  • Someone dies near the end (usually the dog, but if they really want to pull the heartstrings, it’ll be the kid)
  • Regardless, the deceased will be remembered as being an inspiration to everyone around them and as “too pure for this sinful Earth”
  • At least one person that the deceased impacted will be the town curmudgeon, who will be left with a softer heart and will probably cry the hardest upon learning about the person or pet’s death

Marley and Me traumatised my mother
Quotes:
Xilonite wrote: cookies are heresy.

Kelinfort wrote:
Ethel mermania wrote:A terrorist attack on a disabled center doesn't make a lot of sense, unless to show no one is safe.

This will take some time to figure out, i am afraid.

"No one is safe, not even your most vulnerable and insecure!"

Cesopium wrote:Welp let's hope armies of 10 million don't just roam around and Soviet their way through everything.

Yugoslav Memes wrote:
Victoriala II wrote:Ur mom has value

one week ban for flaming xd

Dumb Ideologies wrote:Much better than the kulak smoothies. Their texture was suspiciously grainy.

Syndicalist, vehement anti-fascist.
I USE Qs INSTEAD OF Qs

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Birchland and the NAF
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Posts: 91
Founded: Apr 29, 2021
Corrupt Dictatorship

Postby Birchland and the NAF » Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:44 pm

Overly complex explosive devices. Why do electrically detonated explosives have so many wires and why is disarming them such a puzzle? All there needs to be is two to complete a circuit from the power source to a primary explosive, and cutting or removing either should confound the device. Also, the way movie characters fall when shot is ridiculous, and when hit in the head they don’t bleed much.
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New yugoslavaia
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Posts: 2116
Founded: Jun 07, 2018
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby New yugoslavaia » Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:31 pm

Birchland and the NAF wrote:Overly complex explosive devices. Why do electrically detonated explosives have so many wires and why is disarming them such a puzzle? All there needs to be is two to complete a circuit from the power source to a primary explosive, and cutting or removing either should confound the device. Also, the way movie characters fall when shot is ridiculous, and when hit in the head they don’t bleed much.


Don't forget the digital clocks the terrorists were kind enough to leave for us.
Yugoslavia's back baby...

How the hell did this happen?
Well...we don't actually know. Sure, there's factbooks and stuff, but they don't really matter because the owner of this account is a lazy, unproductive, indecisive loser who may or may not have a thing for half human hybrids, big mechs and even bigger ships.
Is it a reunited Yugoslavia in the 21st century? Is a rebel colony world in the far future? Who knows, who cares?
New Yugoslavia just is.

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Chan Island
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Posts: 5534
Founded: Nov 26, 2015
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Chan Island » Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:06 am

Birchland and the NAF wrote:Overly complex explosive devices. Why do electrically detonated explosives have so many wires and why is disarming them such a puzzle? All there needs to be is two to complete a circuit from the power source to a primary explosive, and cutting or removing either should confound the device. Also, the way movie characters fall when shot is ridiculous, and when hit in the head they don’t bleed much.


The game Papers, Please had a good subversion of that. At one point a terrorist throws an IED into your booth and you only have 4 wires, which your guard then tells you instantly which ones to cut. All the while complaining about what a crude piece of crap that bomb is and how little he'll actually get on the black market for it.

https://youtu.be/OfM9kT1Hgzk
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Cereskia
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Posts: 228
Founded: Apr 01, 2020
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Cereskia » Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:08 am

Broken English.

Or

R/Engrish

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New yugoslavaia
Minister
 
Posts: 2116
Founded: Jun 07, 2018
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby New yugoslavaia » Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:15 am

Cereskia wrote:Broken English.

Or

R/Engrish


That’s more just the result of someone not overcoming a language barrier.
Besides, it’s also really funny.
Yugoslavia's back baby...

How the hell did this happen?
Well...we don't actually know. Sure, there's factbooks and stuff, but they don't really matter because the owner of this account is a lazy, unproductive, indecisive loser who may or may not have a thing for half human hybrids, big mechs and even bigger ships.
Is it a reunited Yugoslavia in the 21st century? Is a rebel colony world in the far future? Who knows, who cares?
New Yugoslavia just is.

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Voxija
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Posts: 1303
Founded: Jan 17, 2019
Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Voxija » Mon May 03, 2021 2:50 pm

A species of elves, fairies, spirits, etc. They keep themselves away from/oppose humans due to some racist reason like "humans pollute the environment" or "humans are warmongers". They are usually presented as completely in the right.
The Republic of Voxija (pronounced: Voshiya)
I'm female.
Some weird Jew. Trying to learn French and failing. An American who wishes the US would switch to the metric system. Part of a giant conspiracy. Secret pyromaniac? I will never make an OOC factbook!

my politics are confused and muddled
Most of my grammar errors are on purpose. Sppeling errors, tho...
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Disclaimer: the views of my characters do not necessarily represent the views of the author.

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Heaven Hieghts
Minister
 
Posts: 2540
Founded: Jun 20, 2008
Corrupt Dictatorship

Postby Heaven Hieghts » Tue May 04, 2021 3:11 pm

Voxija wrote:A species of elves, fairies, spirits, etc. They keep themselves away from/oppose humans due to some racist reason like "humans pollute the environment" or "humans are warmongers". They are usually presented as completely in the right.

Yeah, I find this particularly obnoxious as well. So one-note as far as depicting conflicts go. :roll:
Guess what, I'm radical left

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Crysuko
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Posts: 6777
Founded: Feb 26, 2013
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Crysuko » Tue May 04, 2021 5:00 pm

Voxija wrote:A species of elves, fairies, spirits, etc. They keep themselves away from/oppose humans due to some racist reason like "humans pollute the environment" or "humans are warmongers". They are usually presented as completely in the right.

it's a limpwristed attempt at self awareness
Quotes:
Xilonite wrote: cookies are heresy.

Kelinfort wrote:
Ethel mermania wrote:A terrorist attack on a disabled center doesn't make a lot of sense, unless to show no one is safe.

This will take some time to figure out, i am afraid.

"No one is safe, not even your most vulnerable and insecure!"

Cesopium wrote:Welp let's hope armies of 10 million don't just roam around and Soviet their way through everything.

Yugoslav Memes wrote:
Victoriala II wrote:Ur mom has value

one week ban for flaming xd

Dumb Ideologies wrote:Much better than the kulak smoothies. Their texture was suspiciously grainy.

Syndicalist, vehement anti-fascist.
I USE Qs INSTEAD OF Qs

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