Every Nancy Drew game suspect ranked from worst to best.
Methodology: All rankings are personal taste. I only included characters that both had character models and were presented as suspects during the course of the narrative. Obviously, spoilers for every game.
The Zakus are neat, but I love seeing an ad for SD Horror World figures.
The Thing must have been pretty popular in Japan. And since when is The Fly called “flea man”? Why is Norman Bates just called “Psycho”? I also like how they danced around the legality of using Alfred Hitchcock’s likeness by calling him “Ojisan”.
Ok wait I'm confused what is that espresso machine thing from again??? Like its Danny but what episode/context??
OK SO. I read the tags for that post too and a few seem confused so I’m gonna do an explaining
It’s actually from Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island which is the 2nd installment for the NU series
part of the plot was for the team to find pieces of…equipment scattered on the island that Jimmy needs to build the “rip zipper” (a device that opens a portal to some different unknown dimension idek) and use it to defeat the Main Villain™
Theres this part where they found one of them, in which Jimmy, using his science jibberish, calls it an ‘aqueous thermal diffuser’
it sounded like a really cool high-tech device given the name Jimmy describes it as. But then when they actually managed to pinpoint where the device was,
cue spongebob being typical spongebob
there it is. this was basically it; Danny saying this very quote in an annoyed tone, because that ‘aqueous thermal diffuser’ the 11-year old boy was talking about is actually just a literal, common espresso machine. Maybe this explains why his voice sounded like he was dying inside.
I remember someone saying that it's not usually recommended to start a story with a flashback and I understand why. But how come there are stories like Harry Potter that start off with a sort of flashback, an explanation of something that happened a while ago before the beginning of the story? Or is that different because it's not being narrated in the shape of a memory but more of an actual event happening at that moment and then flash forwarding to the present day? I hope that made sense...
I’m with you on this. Personally, I’ve always seen the intro to Harry Potter as more of a prequel than an actual flashback. There are no set rules for flashbacks, so it’s understandable that there are a lot of different kinds that all fall under the umbrella term “flashback”. It simply means a brief trip to a past event that ties into the current story. How it’s used and for what purpose is up to the writer.
As to why writers are told to steer away from them, my understanding is that flashbacks are pretty overused. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you cannot use them, it just means that it’s something that people might read and go “oh they’re opening with this”. There are very creative ways to start a novel, and there are more predictable ways.
Personally, I love a good flashback. The trick is to make sure that the information you’re giving cannot be given to the reader in any better way (why show the scene where they read a page when the character can simply tell it). And it’s easy for writers to fall into that trap. There are plenty of ways to shake up the flashback idea if that’s really what you want to use. You can make it stand out and make your story more memorable.
My favorite example of a good flashback is in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Rowling uses Tom Riddle’s diary to give us good flashbacks that reveal crucial information. But she also delivers it in such a way that the characters are stumbling through the flashback as much as the readers.
I don’t have a complete list, and it’s up to you what suits your story, but a couple of options are (and everyone else is free to add their ideas to the list):
- One of the main characters looking back on their life or when everything started (which could easily make the entire story a flashback)
- Ending your flashback by the character jolting back to the present (such as snapping out of it in the middle of a test).
- The Flynn Rider “This is the story of how I died” narrative.
- The Pensieve concept. The character finds a way of going back and witnessing the flashback as a memory.
Some movies/shows/books that make great use of flashbacks:
- Shutter Island
- Phantom of the Opera (movie)
- The Life of PI
- Forrest Gump
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Moulin Rouge
- Fight Club
- Disney Pixar’s “Up”
and of course, my personal favorite:
Hope this helps answer your question! Let us know if you need any more help!
Every Nancy Drew PC game ranked from worst to best.
So! Ever since I completed the tedious undertaking of ranking all the Nancy Drew suspects, I’ve had people asking me to do a comprehensive ranking of the games themselves (like two people, but that still counts as people). And if you trawl my tumblr, you can see I have been promising to do that exact thing since 2012! So here it is, finally.
Standard disclaimer applies: these are my opinions and my opinions only. They’re completely subjective and based on my own personal likes and dislikes. There are games I hate that I know people love, and games I adore
that I know people can’t stand (lots of them, even!). I in no way claim this
ranking as definitive. You do you.
Oh, and Dossier games aren’t included, and spoilers for everything,
Edit, June 2015: As I’ll update this every time a new game comes out, expect changes to occur. I’ll add some liner notes at the bottom of the ranking to justify these adjustments.