fleshed out some characters more

Okay, so I just watched the episode and it wasn’t bad. Oddly enough, I actually really liked it. Obviously, the Bilquis stuff was on point. But you probably already knew that though, right? I’m sure something may have given that away. Yetide Badaki is amazing! She knows how to do a lot with a little, and I’m so proud because this makes me want to know more about Bilquis. It makes me want to know what it is that the New Gods want from her. I just hope she gets a chance to be fleshed out more in S2 like some of the other tertiary characters have been. And I really liked Easter. I gravitate towards bubbly characters more often than not; they’re a weakness of mine, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Kristin was absolutely perfect for this role.

I’m trying to figure out what the fuck happened in the middle of the season though. It started off strong and it ended strong, but those middle episodes were .. enough to make me quit. Those middle episodes weren’t compelling at all. Here’s to hoping S2 is a lot like the beginning and the end of this season, because those episodes work. They just do. When the show revolves around different characters in the ensemble cast and not just the same ones, it’s more enjoyable. 

anonymous asked:

Were you okay with them aging her up from 2 to 7? Because I think this is kind of the same thing, they want to be able to write her as a character and they haven't done a good job of that this season (she doesn't interact with anyone really that she's not related to - she has no friends, doesn't go to school, etc...). So hopefully if they make her a teenager, they'll be able to make her a more fleshed out character and give her some hobbies and whatnot.

Yes, I was okay with it, for a lot of reasons. First we had baby Hope for 2 seasons, so I was somewhat ready for a next step (even tho if the show was to have more seasons I would’ve loved to have baby Hope for at least another season). Second, as a baby, there wasn’t much they could do with her character, so I understood the need to age her a bit so she could play a bigger role on the show. When I heard about the time jump, I didn’t felt like they were taking something from me. Maybe it was because I was very excited to see a child Hope, but I also think I had a very reasonable solid bond with the character already, so I was more than ready to see her on another stage of her life. Right now, I’m still getting adjusted with the idea of a Hope Mikaelson that is able to talk and express her opinions and interact with her family on a deeper level. The best thing of this season for me, has been to get to know this character and to see how much she changed this family of hers. The fact that she hasn’t interacted enough with anyone, isn’t because of her age, it’s maybe because they don’t have enough time to have her interact with everyone, and that’s something they could do next season with a still  7 year old Hope. Right now, I feel like they’re taking something from me. They’re taking not only Hope Mikaelson, but also Summer Fontana, who I’ve absolutely loved on this role and have supported since the very beginning. It’s also not good to throw time jumps like that, especially when we had such a big one so recently. I feel like the show is changing so quickly  that it’s losing its essence and magic. Change is good, but change after change can get you lost, and that’s how I feel about all of this. 

anonymous asked:

☕️ i actually liked all the female characters of pjo/hoo (including Calypso and Juniper) i just wish they had fleshed their characters out more instead of turning some of them into pointless girl-hate nonsense (Calypso, Drew, Rachel)

Definitely agree! They all had such great potential that Rick just wasted

send me a ☕️ and an opinion (popular or unpopular) and i’ll say whether i agree or disagree

You know what I’d like them to do more? Flesh out some relationship or character quirks that did not appear before this arc. Like it’s satisfying to get the long-awaited payoff on blupjeans or hear the origin stories of various things but… Is Davenport particularly close to anyone? Is there some kind of girl solidarity between Lup and Lucretia, how do their opposite temperaments mash together? We’ve seen Magnus-Lucretia and Merle-Lucretia, what’s Taako’s relationship with her? What about Merle and Barry? I understand that by the nature of the game the NPCs get less screentime, but the ensemble still has a lot of room to grow, relationship-wise it’s mostly either THB or the big Taako-Lup-Barry familial/romantic triangle, with bonus appearances from Lucretia as the only major NPC before this arc.

Character Development: What You Should Know Before Writing

Anonymous asked:

Connection with characters- I feel like I need to know my characters inside and out, things that the reader will probably never even know. that keeps me from writing because I feel like I don’t know my character well enough to be telling a story about them. What SHOULD I know about my characters before I start writing?


I used to have this same issue. I used to exhaust myself filling out character development worksheets and doing character development exercises, stressing myself out because I felt like it was never enough. What I eventually realized, though, is that–just like you yourself said–most of it is stuff the reader won’t ever know. Now, sometimes those little secret details can be helpful to the writer, but do we really need to know what flavor toothpaste our protagonist would prefer? Does it really matter how old they were when they lost their first tooth, or what three items they would want if shipwrecked? No. We don’t need to know that and neither does our reader. So, if you’re not interested in figuring those things about about your character, don’t beat yourself up over it.

Character development worksheets and exercises can be helpful when initially creating a character, but not when they keep you from actually writing. If you feel like you know enough about your character to start writing–just start writing! Don’t worry about what you don’t know about your character. For one thing, you’re going to learn a lot about your character while you write. In fact, most of the time the things we think we know about our character before we start writing turn out not to be true. Also, if there’s something you need to know about your character along the way, you can figure it out once you get to it. And remember, first drafts are all about figuring out your characters, world, and story. So, if you get to the end of the first draft and feel like your character still needs to be fleshed out, you can do some more character development exercises then. :)

If I had to break it down into a list of things you should know before writing, here’s what I would say:

- Basic details: name, age, physical appearance, relevant background
- Critical traits: skills, flaws, strengths, weaknesses
- Goals: internal and external (what do they want?)
- Motivation: internal and external (why do they want it?)
- Stakes: what are the consequences (good and bad) of failure and success?
- Relationships: who matters to this person and why?

That should be enough to get your story off the ground, and anything else you can figure out as you go along. :)

anonymous asked:

One of my protagonists is Korean-American. Both her parents are Korean but she was born and raised in America before moving to England. Do you have any tips for writing a Korean-American character?

Korean American Characters

Hey, Anon! So, this is a very general question. It’s general to the point where I’m finding it difficult to give a good answer.

Being Korean-American means different things to different people. My experiences growing up as a Korean-American in coastal Southern California are very different from a Korean-American who grew up in Northern California or Illinois or New York. The time period matters, too.

So I think a better use of your time is to flesh out your character some more. There are many resources that you can use to learn about the experiences of Korean-Americans, including magazines like KoreAm Journal

Another thing I highly recommend is reading books that feature Korean-American characters by Korean-Americans! Not every Korean-American author writes Korean-American characters into their works, but the ones on this list have: YA reads Featuring Korean and Korean-American Protagonists Written by Korean-American Authors 

If you’re not into YA, then here are some other options:

  • Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
  • Leonard Chung’s Choice series
  • Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
  • Person of Interest by Susan Choi
  • I’m the One I Want and I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight by Margaret Cho (nonfiction/autobio)

If you like comics, Derek Kirk Kim’s Same Difference and Other Stories may be a good fit for you~

There are many many more Korean-American authors and comic book creators, but their works don’t involve Korean-American protagonists. And there are many works that feature Korean-American characters that aren’t written by Korean-Americans! 

Not all of our experiences are the same, but these might give you a better insight into how to create a well-written Korean-American character. Do your research, be respectful, and find a good beta reader. Good luck, Anon!

~mod Stella

anonymous asked:

RDJ said he's just a supporting actor in civil war bc it's basically captain america movie. This really worries me that they might be really fucking up every story potential comic can provide

i’m so torn abt this because on one hand, now people can finally stop bitching about how rdj ruined the movie and pushed his way in to steal time from everyone’s precious faves. 

but on the other hand like….. ok russos…… i’m still trusting u… but you better not make this a two dimensional story that gives all of the emotional emphasis to one camp and just barely grazes the surface with the other……………

I touched on it briefly in my larger fan reaction/review of DG as a whole but I wanted to again mention how much I liked this portrayal of Snow White.

She’s supposed to be THE ‘big good’ of the EAH universe and fleshing her out by showing her as more grey - manipulative, deceitful, conniving, vain, wanting a perception of perfection - not only fleshes her out more as a character but gives us some great insight into what Apple is growing away from.  Not to mention it shows great parallels with EQ and how, despite their differences, just how similar their personalities are.

‘Good is not nice’ is a great thing to teach children as is allowing ‘good’ characters to be wrong or even just unpleasant to deal with at times. Showing heroes to be just a dimensional & flawed as villains only enhances the entire experience of spending time with/around both and I’m glad its something we’re seeing more & more in childrens’ media.

I just came back from Suicide Squad and I am very happy with how it turned out. The characters were well portrayed, the action was great to watch, and the characters got quite a nice bit of development. It definitely added on to the DC Film Universe in a nice way.

Harley definitely stole the show and while we didn’t see much of it, her dynamics with the Joker were true to the source material.

Also, I have to say I enjoyed what was shown of Jared Leto’s Joker. It was definitely a different take but still very true to the mania of the character. I hope we’ll see more of him in the Batman solo film.

My only complaints are that they could have fleshed out the flashbacks more, some characters could have had more screen time, Harley could have shown a tad more independence, it was a bit soundtrack heavy at times, and you can definitely tell there was A LOT cut (which I’m sure we’ll get a Director’s Cut).

It’s definitely not a film for everyone, but for comic fans it’s definitely fun and a different experience than most comic films out right now. It was also a nice contrast to both Man of Steel and BvS.

I plan on seeing it again, overall I’d rank it above Man of Steel but below BvS.

In the end Suicide Squad accomplished what it set out to do; to be fun & different.

(Side note: El Diablo was the best surprise, I ended up loving his character the most by the end.)

anonymous asked:

If you're gonna be a fact page, make sure your opinions are unbiased, because Gamzee needs some more fleshing out as a character and was controlled by Lil' Cal to kill his friends much like Bro was controlled, but I don't see that guy gettin' shit from you.

Well for one we haven’t gotten any questions about Bro lately and for two since Lil Cal contains LE’s soul and since Gamzee is a part of LE it’s kind of redundant to say he was controlled…by himself. 

Advice: Character Focused Novel
wanderingmind18

 asked: Can you focus too much on the characters and make the story too dark? My novel’s tone contrasts its premise. At the surface, the novel sounds like a fun science fantasy. However, I wrote more on the characters (motives, morality, emotional struggles) as opposed to the science fantasy parts of my novel. Themes of selfishness, desire, guilt and redemption are becoming too prominent, so I’m afraid it might make the novel less enjoyable. I enjoy writing about the characters though… What do I do?


It’s perfectly alright to have a character driven novel that focuses more on the characters than the actual environment. Make sure not to ignore the environment–it should still be functional and fleshed out to some degree–but if the characters are more important to the world, that’s what you should focus on. And there are lots of dark stories out there. They have a place in fiction like every other kind of story. :)
A Thing for the future

I believe the remaining episodes of adventure time are going to deal with Lemongrabs unresolved arc. Based on the fact that JM stated he wished he could air them all on the same day.

The first couple might not deal with him outwardly, but could instead deal with lemonhope as build-up for LG’s next appearance.

Currently, there are two arc’s that are unresolved at this time.

-Lemongrab Tyrannical arc.

and

-Zombie James arc

Now this is a bit of a stretch. But I believe that both will play a part in the seasons fanalie.

Here’s what I think.

    Currently, the shows creators have been fleshing out PB’s character, by giving us some insight on on PB’s more sinister behaviours. They’ve also been showing us other characters opinions on her. Why? Well I believe it’s to build up for Lemongrabs next appearance. I mean think about it; Lemongrab’s method of punishment appears suspiciously like a twisted reflection of princess bubblegums (as of recent episodes). 

Because in order to be able to understand his character, we must first learn of the circumstances that has lead him to this point. If they just revealed it all on the last episode, no one would think of it as believable.

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     Since “You made me” the creators defined a specific problem in Lemongrab’s overall character- He is in the middle of a mental breakdown.

You see, Lemongrab is a stickler for law and order. Not to mention he doesn’t express his emotions properly, and little to never shows them. Realize that for him to rip off his clothes like that is something he would never ordinarily do. It was a blightant explosion of his inner emotions, and for this to occur, he had to be VERY. VERY. Genuinely upset.

“No way! He is evil, and a monster!” Some of you scream.

No, Lemongrab didn’t become a dictator for no reason. To believe that means that you think he is written poorly. And when watching his episodes, you instead thought “Wtf just happened”. But this in a way, proves that Lemongrab is actually very masterfully written. Because hes not a predictable character, and is complex in such a way that the audience have the same point of view of him as the shows characters.

 In my last analysis back when “Too Old” aired. I went over why I didn’t think Lemongrab was a one-dimensional evil. To save on time and words, I’ll link you to it here:

http://merleawe.tumblr.com/post/58130112826/about-97-of-you-guys-missed-the-point-of-too-old

However, since then It has more recently been stated by a comedic professional that Lemongrab “Is the most complex comedic character in television history since "Basil Fawlty”. This comment was liked by much of the shows staff, including Pen Ward himself.

If you read up on Basil Fawlty, the circumstances of his character are almost on the dot with what I’ve been saying about Lemongrab all a long. I stand by it 100%. Give it a read;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Fawlty

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Now, I believe the coming episodes will be connected to Lemongrab and Lemonhope. Before LG appears, we HAVE to know about Lemonhope more- and what his significance to the story really is. Right now, we have little to go on; other than he is supposed to be the “Hope” of his people, which is not enough to justify much.

After that, there will probably be a clash between the Candy kingdom and Castle Lemongrab. And if I am correct, they may end up resolving this somehow and the real fun begins.

Why do I think this? Because the episodes up until now have been foreshadowing a war. Think about it. We have been meeting and coming to know characters both new and old with Military level strength. Rattleballs was discovered, Flame princess has liberated her kingdom, CB has become a powerful knight, Finn has gained a new powerful(and cursed) weapon, RootBeer Guy became a police officer in the candy kingdom, ect.

People still often forget that James is still on his way with a growing army. And that very well may be our fanalie.

Based on what JM said on the ending to lemongrab’s arc being “Heart warming but creepy”- It is likely that with the coming of a formidable common enemy, he and PB will resolve their differences, and will likely have to join forces to fend off the coming zombie apocalypse.

Despite his flaws, Lemongrab is a great source of Military strength. Having defended his kingdom solely by himself.

If this zombie apocalypse is indeed coming, the candy kingdom is going to need him to help fight it off.

Of course there are many other scenarios that could happen. But that is my grain of salt! Hope you enjoyed reading it.