1. Funeral challenge. “Design a respectful look for a woman going to a funeral.”
2. Ugly challenge. “Design a look that is purposely hideous so we know you know what NOT to do.”
3. Zombie apocalypse challenge. “Design a look based entirely on functionality instead of beauty and that will hold up in a zombie infested world.”
4. Tattoo challenge. Design for a HEAVILY tattooed person that will compliment and showcase their tattoos well.“
5. REAL woman challenge. "Design for a woman over size 18.”
6. Project runway/Faceoff crossover challenge!! “Design a horror movie costume for one of the contestants of Faceoff while they create the make-ups.”
7. Alien challenge. “Design something you think an alien would wear.”
8. Blind challenge. “Design a garment that will be heard and felt but not seen, as the runway will be pitch black! The designs will be judged on their other sensory values. And we have a blind guest judge.”
9. Prison challenge. “Design a look for a former male inmate recently released so he can go out and get a good job.”
10. Homeless challenge. “Create clothes for a homeless person.”
11. Astrology challenge. “Now that there are twelve of you left, you will each choose an astrology sign that will be your inspiration for this challenge. Your designs must be something that your sign would wear and match their personality traits.”
12. Fake fur/faux leather challenge. “Design a look that showcases faux leather and/or fake fur, and makes them look GOOD. The winning design will be featured in the magazine ‘All animals’, and will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to benefit the humane society of the united states.”
13. Dissociative identity disorder challenge ;). “Work with a client who has D.I.D and design three cohesive outfits for three different personalities of theirs. Because picking out clothes with D.I.D is HARD.”
I can think of lots more lol. Would also like to see a season made up entirely of unconventional challenges (who wouldn’t? 😼) and also a season where all the contestants are people who went home on day 1 or day 2. It would be so awesome to give them another chance.
I had some extra time so I made a book cover/ movie poster for The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey (which was such an amazing book and I can’t wait for the movie to come out in September) ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
it kind of annoys me when ppl say ‘as a society can we move past zombie themed games because its been done enough’ because yeah theres been a lot of zombie games but there hasnt been any good ones. the closest we have is the walking dead game season 1, but thats like. not really the same
im hoping days gone is a really amazing open world survival horror zombie rpg and i hope i finally get a good zombie game to play because i love zombies and ive never gotten to play a good zombie game
I just saw an article that perfectly describes what I hate about most zombie apocalypse stories and also what I like about the webcomic Stand Still Stay Silent despite it being a zombie apocalypse story (for a somewhat loose definition of zombie).
Here’s how you can recognize a dystopia: It’s a science fiction story in
which disaster is followed by brutal, mindless violence. Here’s how you
make a dystopia: Convince people that when disaster strikes, their
neighbors are their enemies, not their mutual saviors and
responsibilities. The belief that when the lights go out, your neighbors
will come over with a shotgun—rather than the contents of their freezer
so you can have a barbecue before it all spoils—isn’t just a
self-fulfilling prophecy, it’s a weaponized narrative. The
belief in the barely restrained predatory nature of the people around
you is the cause of dystopia, the belief that turns mere crises into
Zombie stories as a genre are known for exemplifying this trope, as the plot tends to keep the protagonists wandering by having every survivor settlement they find be doomed by incompetence and/or evil, and it has become a genre cliche that “the greatest threat… is other humans!“ or “humans are the real monsters“.
Stand Still Stay Silent, on the other hand, portrays a world with survivor enclaves that are mostly stable and are slowly pushing back the trolls (the setting’s infectious corpse monsters which result from a seemingly innocuous transmissible rash slowly changing its victims into creatures like zombies by way of HR Giger). Notably, the characters each have significant flaws but are not constantly backstabbing each other and actually work together despite their differences. “The real monsters” are in fact the things with too many limbs and teeth attempting to gnaw people’s faces off.
I suspect is that the differences between these are partly due to how the zombie genre is traditionally American and filled with rugged survivalists, untrustworthy governments, and otherwise lawless post-society, SSSS meanwhile is written and set in Scandanavia and has a sense of camaraderie that is drastically different from typical zombie stories which I think reflects a more socialist and less paranoid society.
What do you think Dylan's cause of depression was besides the bullying? Also I remember reading something about him dropping quite a few pounds as it got closer to the massacre. What do you think made this happen?
I think the main and perhaps even sole cause of his depression was his giftedness. Dylan’s depression, as far as we are able to infer from the writings he left behind, seemed existential in nature: it concerned itself to a high degree with existential matters such as death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. Existential depression is something that tends to occur in people who’ve suffered heavy loss (or are about to suffer it), but it can also occur spontaneously. Gifted individuals tend to be more susceptible to the latter, especially because their idealism and their intelligence are hopelessly at odds with society’s many shortcomings. Dylan’s writings centred around spiritual concepts (fate, some form of afterlife) in combination with observations of people/society (the human race as zombies) and his own feelings of isolation and destruction (flirtations with murder/suicide).
I wanted to find a good example of how this particular form of depression is triggered so often in gifted people, so I located a fantastic article that I think is worth reading in full. These excerpts may hopefully explain some of the feelings and thoughts that had a huge hand in causing Dylan’s depression:
Because gifted children are able to consider the possibilities of how
things might be, they tend to be idealists. However, they are
simultaneously able to see that the world is falling short of how it
might be. Because they are intense, gifted children feel keenly the
disappointment and frustration which occurs when ideals are not reached.
Similarly, these youngsters quickly spot the inconsistencies,
arbitrariness and absurdities in society and in the behaviors of those
around them. Traditions are questioned or challenged.
When gifted children try to share these concerns with others, they are
usually met with reactions ranging from puzzlement to hostility. They
discover that others, particularly of their age, clearly do not share
these concerns, but instead are focused on more concrete issues and on
fitting in with others’ expectations. Often by even first grade, these
youngsters, particularly the more highly gifted ones, feel isolated from
their peers and perhaps from their families as they find that others
are not prepared to discuss such weighty concerns.
The reaction of gifted youngsters (again with intensity) to these
frustrations is often one of anger. But they quickly discover that their
anger is futile, for it is really directed at “fate” or at other
matters which they are not able to control. Anger that is powerless
evolves quickly into depression.
This text may be of interest as well, though it’s far more in-depth than the article and touches upon a very specific psychological theory. (Dabrowski’s theory is also mentioned in the first article, so this text makes for some great background reading in that respect. Definitely worth your time!)
As for the weight loss, which was indeed substantial.. depression can cause this. Some people gain weight from it, but others lose it. Some people might lose their appetite, but Dylan seemed to be a voracious eater overall. I remember I lost a fair few pounds during my worst rounds with depression, too, so it’s likely to me that his depression did affect his weight. The added stress of planning a massacre can’t have helped matters much in that regard, though!
1. “Another New World,” The Punch Brothers | 2. “Blood On My Name,” The Brother’s Bright | 3. “No Place Like Home,” Todrick Hall | 4. “Doubt,” Twenty One Pilots | 5. “Way Down We Go,” Kaleo | 6. “Emperor’s New Clothes,” Panic at the Disco | 7. “I Will Never Die,” Delta Rae | 8. “Glory & Gore,” Lorde | 9. “There’s A Wolf,” Silences | 10. “Reaper Man,” Mother Mother | 11. “Faces,” Reuben Hollebon | 12.“Kings,” Tribe Society | 13. “Dragula,” Rob Zombie | 14. “Milk & Cookies,” Melanie Martinez | 15. “Fresh Blood,” Eels | 16. “The Sharpest Lives,” My Chemical Romance | 17. “Dark Doo Wop,” by MS MR | 18. “Monster,” Kanye West | 19. “The Bird & The Worm,” The Used | 20. “Monster Hospital,” Metric | BONUS. “The Highwayman Song,” The Petrojvic Blasting Company
Still, anthropologists have come to understand, over the years, that every society is haunted by slightly different nightmares, and these differences are significant. Horror stories, whether about vampires, ghouls, or flesh-eating zombies, always seem to reflect some aspect of the tellers’ own social lives, some terrifying potential, and the way they are accustomed to interact with each other, that they do not wish to acknowledge or confront, but also can’t help but to talk about.
David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years (pg 149), discussing horror and folklore in societies.
If Christians would only think, they would see that orthodox religion rests upon suicide—that man was redeemed by suicide, and that without suicide the whole world would have been lost.
If Christ were God, then he had the power to protect himself from the Jews without hurting them. But instead of using his power he allowed them to take his life.
If a strong man should allow a few little children to hack him to death with knives when he could easily have brushed them aside, would we not say that he committed suicide?
There is no escape. If Christ were, in fact, God, and allowed the Jews to kill him, then he consented to his own death—refused, though perfectly able, to defend and protect himself, and was, in fact, a suicide. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll