jump the shark

Anonymous asked:

hi!! so in my story, one of the characters who isn’t super important dies of a stroke, however her death is extremely important since it really messes up one of the main characters and continues to affect the entire story (she dies about half way through) I am afraid this will seem like I jumped the shark looking for a way to shake things up. one way to make it seem less bad I think is to give her obvious warning signs from the very beginning. whats your opinion on this or advice if you have it?

There are definitely a lot of things to consider here. One of which is that you should really avoid killing a character, especially a female character, whose only role in the story is to serve as motivation or conflict for another character. There are lots of reasons why this should be avoided, but the most generally applicable one is this: it’s too convenient. One way to avoid this is to make sure the character has some other role in the story. They don’t have to be important, per se, but they should be important in that they have some role or purpose to fulfill that only they can fulfill. Perhaps their advice is invaluable to the main character. Perhaps they impart some knowledge that only they know. Perhaps they are the only one who can get “the team” through security at the bio-chemical lab. Whatever their purpose is, it needs to be something other than dying for another character’s benefit.

And yes–making sure there are warning signs from the beginning is also a good idea, because it takes this from being a random occurrence to something that was foreshadowed in some way. However, that might be a bit difficult with a stroke as the warning signs tend to accompany the actual stroke and not be something that would be happening days, weeks, or even months earlier. Instead, with something like this, you might look more at the potential causes or risk factors for stroke and make sure some of them are present in the character. You might even have some point where they say something like, “I’m trying to take it easy nowadays. My doctor says I’m at a high risk for stroke.” Just make sure to do your research either way. 

Finally, just make sure the rest of the story speaks for itself. If the character’s death has ripples felt throughout the story, that’s good–but just make sure that the story stands on its own two feet. :)

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anonymous asked:

I loved Lydia with Parrish. I think he was so good for her in season four, when nobody else really seemed to have time for her. We know she trusted in him and confided in him, she tells him about Allison. I loved them in season five too, for the same reason, and the fact that he brought out a side of Lydia nobody else ever really did. When they started with those dreams I got so upset, because why did they bother with making them have such a genuine, sweet connection if they were just [1/2]

[2/2] going to destroy it that way? Why give them the banshee-hellhound (or grimm, whatever) connection and make it so powerful that Parrish can literally block Lydia’s killer superscreams, why do all of that just to have Parrish have creepy dreams he can’t control about her, then completely ignore the friendship they built in s6 for a ship they had long ago declared dead in the water unless they were jumping shark? (My hc fix-it is that he avoids Lydia in s6 bc he feels guilty about his dreams)

I honestly think they had every intention of continuing to develop Lydia and Parrish, until they threw it all away for Stydia. I don’t think it’s a matter of jumping the shark exactly, more like “Well, we’ve been cancelled, so fuck it. We’re doing whatever the fuck we want.” 

And I think they decided to go with fan service. 

I want a Sharkboy and Lavagirl remake where the CGI is insanely good and the acting is super emotional and intriguing, but nothing about the story changes. Sharkboy still has to sing the dream song and mister Electricidad still has to go “YOU ARE IN MY CLASS!!! NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND”

I’m jumping on the shark prince bandwagon! I’ve wanted to do a Zelda theme terrarium/aquarium piece for the longest time now, and the initial idea used the OoT design for the zora. Well, since I don’t seem to be the only one who’s currently in love with Sidon, I thought it would be cool to adapt the design. ;)

I’m submitting this as a design in TheYetee, but it could take up to two weeks for it to be approved! Wish me luck in the meantime~!

like…i mean no disrespect but as someone who used to really admire steven universe’s art, i’m super disappointed in it now. like, su is the epitome of jumping the shark once you feel like you’ve reached a peak and “can’t improve”. like, they got super popular and got everyone on board, then they just stopped trying? at least that’s what it feels like, not only with the art but with the writing and the direction the plot is going in to. for example, here’s some of the earlier seasons’ art:

there was a nice emphasis on color contrast, the proportions were wonky at times but usually each character had a consistent body type

see how nicely proportioned steven and ame are here? they were allowed to be fat and allowed to be naturally proportioned

now all the characters look cramped and “”chibi””, everyone’s shorter and stubbier and they usually look different from shot to shot and you could say that’s because it’s board-based but in the earlier seasons i barely noticed aside from the occasional error or two. this “”chibiness”” leads to the characters looking. well. ugly and same-y. they look squished, and it feels like their foreground art should be background art

like, remember when amethyst had cat-like eyes? remember when pearl was tall and much more angular? i’m not saying the earlier seasons didn’t have their faults, yeah there was wonkiness with the animation and models but some of the old “wonkiness” made the gems feel more like aliens, you know? it felt like they were at least trying

and although when it was first revealed many people didn’t mind the style switch, i was one of the people who did mind although i got used to it eventually. i really fucking miss the pilot art not gonna lie. i don’t know why they switched it, maybe it was too expensive or too hard to animate, but goddamn, su looked its best in the pilot. all of the art was jawdroppingly gorgeous and i feel like the designs are more distinct in the pilot

idk, that’s just my opinion on it though, i might be nitpicking but it still bugs me

anonymous asked:

Of all the Cartoon Network shows, which ones do you think had the most consistent quality?

Let me preface this by saying… obviously nothing against PPG because it’s my favorite show forever and is perfect and lovely, but yeah… S5 + S6… were just not… the best. And the quality definitely dipped when Craig started working on Foster’s and, although it makes sense that they kept the series going ‘cause CN wanted more episodes, it just wasn’t as good after that. Which really sucks!

But I’d say Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy. I haven’t watched the show in years but I remember it being absolutely consistent in quality across the board, and it just kept getting better and better. I seriously don’t think that show ever jumped the shark, even when they switched up the plot from summer vacation to them being in school. And I think it’s mostly ‘cause Danny Antonucci worked on it the whole time and was able to give consistent direction.

These New Jedi Don’t Know Anything

Force Ghost Anakin: [sprawled out across Obi-Wan’s lap, half asleep, watching a blaringly-loud soap opera] Oh man, those two are so hooking up this week.
Force Ghost Obi-Wan: [sitting on Luke’s sofa, petting Anakin’s hair, wearing reading glasses and not looking up from reading a book called Betrayal: True Stories of Fallen Apprentices] Uh huh. 
Force Ghost Yoda: [floating on a nearby throw pillow, knitting] Liked the second season better, I did. 
Anakin: Yeah, it’s kind of jumped the shark, but I still have to see what happens with my OTP. 
Luke: [meditating, cracking one eye open] Guys, can you keep it down? I’m trying to commune with the Force. 
Anakin: We are the Force. 
Luke: No, dad, I mean the – [stops, looks around] 
[everyone snaps to attention] 
Obi-Wan: [removing his glasses] What was that?
Luke: [closing his eyes again] I…I think someone’s coming. A girl! 
Yoda: A new Jedi, you think?
Luke: Yeah…whoever it is, they definitely have the Force with them. 
Anakin: Well…go out there! Introduce yourself!
Luke: Should I…should I do something?
Obi-Wan: Are there any cliffs with good lighting you could stand on?
Anakin: [peering out the window] What’s the wind situation like out there?
Yoda: A robe, he needs, for drama. 
Obi-Wan: [putting one on Luke] Yes, it would never do to go out there without one…
Anakin: So what’s your plan, son?
Luke: Uh…say “hello, my name is Luke”?
[Anakin, Obi-Wan and Yoda look at each other uneasily] 
Obi-Wan: [dismayed] …”hello, my name is Luke”?
Luke: Well, I should greet her, right? I mean, what are you guys suggesting? I just put a hooded cape on and stand outside silently in the wind like a weirdo? And then, what? Dramatically un-hood myself while my hair blows around while remaining totally wordless? Heh…that…that would be…
[The Force Ghosts side-eye him]
Luke: O-OK, you guys know best. [puts his hood on] Well, wish me luck. [he goes outside to meet Rey] 
Obi-Wan: [annoyed] You see what happens when I’m not allowed to train someone until they’re an adult? Those are basic Jedi presentation skills! 
Yoda: A shame, it is. 
Anakin: [nodding solemnly] Really. I love the kid, but that is disappointing. 

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