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You know, I could take issue with this essay's errors on canon formation, literary construction, plotting, and theme, not to mention the specific things it gets wrong in its description of the Fullmetal Alchemist plot, but I'm going to stick to the part that made me laugh hardest, which is:

The last element of fiction that I'm going to go in depth on is Point of View. To a writer, point of view is a difficult thing to master, and amateur writers tend to switch from one viewpoint to another whenever they feel they need to provide the reader with some information. A good writer knows that trying to focus on as few characters as possible heightens focus on the important parts of the story, and makes character interaction more interesting.

Fullmetal Alchemist switches its point of view quite often, and the reason it does so is very amateur indeed. From Mustang to Scar to Winry, in order to garner some sympathy for its characters, the show has to give us a little aside about their pasts.


Yeah, thank you for going into that in depth. Next time can you go into it in right?


  1. "Point of view" is the perspective from which the story is told. It is a term that applies to prose fiction. You can use it to discuss visual media, but you need to be careful in how you apply it, because--I know this will come as a shock to some of you--visuals and text get across different kinds of information in different ways. This is why you don't ever run into beginning film-makers who tell you what their characters look like by having them look in a mirror. There have been a few attempts to film movies in which the audience literally never sees anything the PoV character wouldn't. There's a reason the technique hasn't caught on.

  2. "Point of view" has nothing to do with the number of characters in a piece.

  3. Whose perspective a piece is written in is not the same thing as who is meant to be sympathetic.

  4. If the writer actually tried reading books, particularly ones not written in the twentieth century, she might discover the omniscient narrator.

  5. I come here to bear witness that I have occasionally encountered books, comics, films, and TV shows with extrethuvia large casts which somehow still manage to have interesting character interactions. In fact, sometimes the additional interactions add depth to characters by showing unexpected sides of them. I can hardly believe it myself!

  6. It's really terrible of a series to show us the backgrounds of minor characters in an attempt to make them more sympathetic, isn't it? It is! Because ... I'm sorry, can someone explain to me why it's bad to show that everyone's the hero of their own life and everyone has a story? Because I missed that part in English class.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
You know, I could take issue with this essay's errors on canon formation, literary construction, plotting, and theme, not to mention the specific things it gets wrong in its description of the Fullmetal Alchemist plot, but I'm going to stick to the part that made me laugh hardest, which is:

The last element of fiction that I'm going to go in depth on is Point of View. To a writer, point of view is a difficult thing to master, and amateur writers tend to switch from one viewpoint to another whenever they feel they need to provide the reader with some information. A good writer knows that trying to focus on as few characters as possible heightens focus on the important parts of the story, and makes character interaction more interesting.

Fullmetal Alchemist switches its point of view quite often, and the reason it does so is very amateur indeed. From Mustang to Scar to Winry, in order to garner some sympathy for its characters, the show has to give us a little aside about their pasts.


Yeah, thank you for going into that in depth. Next time can you go into it in right?


  1. "Point of view" is the perspective from which the story is told. It is a term that applies to prose fiction. You can use it to discuss visual media, but you need to be careful in how you apply it, because--I know this will come as a shock to some of you--visuals and text get across different kinds of information in different ways. This is why you don't ever run into beginning film-makers who tell you what their characters look like by having them look in a mirror. There have been a few attempts to film movies in which the audience literally never sees anything the PoV character wouldn't. There's a reason the technique hasn't caught on.

  2. "Point of view" has nothing to do with the number of characters in a piece.

  3. Whose perspective a piece is written in is not the same thing as who is meant to be sympathetic.

  4. If the writer actually tried reading books, particularly ones not written in the twentieth century, she might discover the omniscient narrator.

  5. I come here to bear witness that I have occasionally encountered books, comics, films, and TV shows with extrethuvia large casts which somehow still manage to have interesting character interactions. In fact, sometimes the additional interactions add depth to characters by showing unexpected sides of them. I can hardly believe it myself!

  6. It's really terrible of a series to show us the backgrounds of minor characters in an attempt to make them more sympathetic, isn't it? It is! Because ... I'm sorry, can someone explain to me why it's bad to show that everyone's the hero of their own life and everyone has a story? Because I missed that part in English class.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Spoilers in raves unless otherwise specified. Read at own risk.

[livejournal.com profile] leadensky asked for my ten favorite outfits in various fandoms.
Fandoms: Angel Sanctuary, Buffy, Farscape, Fullmetal Alchemist, Saiyuki, X Files, Yami no Matsuei

[livejournal.com profile] callmesandy asked for a rave on familial relationships.
Fandoms: Angel, Buffy, Fullmetal Alchemist, Lord of the Rings, Veronica Mars, X

[livejournal.com profile] redredshoes asked for a rave on shadow sisters.
Media: Buffy, Ginger Snaps, Rose and Thorn; Francesca Lia Block, Violet and Claire; Charlotte Bronte, Villette; misc. songs by Tori Amos, Joydrop, Veruca Salt, Hole. (not spoilery for anything, really)

[livejournal.com profile] vonnielake asked for a rave on antagonist romances, though to be honest it got kind of ranty.
Fandoms: Angel, Buffy, X Files, Yami no Matsuei

[livejournal.com profile] loligo asked for a rave or rant on happy endings and got a relatively nonspoilery discussion of several books by Tanith Lee. (It does say whether the books end happily or sadly, but not what happens in them.)

[livejournal.com profile] jeviltwin asked for a rave on Mulder/Scully friendship and deserves much better than she got.

[livejournal.com profile] ranalore asked what I loved about particular animanga fandoms.
Fandom: Yami no Matsuei

[livejournal.com profile] shati asked for a rave on color symbolism, which of course was the perfect opportunity to spring my crackpot theories about color symbolism in the life of Subaru Sumeragi on her.
Fandoms: Tokyo Babylon, X

[livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija asked for a rave on friendship.
Fandoms: Buffy, Saiyuki

Lessons I have learned from all this:


  1. Y'all ask damn hard questions. Too much freedom! I was really expecting more character- or at least fandom-specific requests.
  2. The less time I have to think about something, the more long-winded I am. Okay, I kind of already knew that.
  3. It's really obvious which fandoms I'm still obsessed with, huh.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
Spoilers in raves unless otherwise specified. Read at own risk.

[livejournal.com profile] leadensky asked for my ten favorite outfits in various fandoms.
Fandoms: Angel Sanctuary, Buffy, Farscape, Fullmetal Alchemist, Saiyuki, X Files, Yami no Matsuei

[livejournal.com profile] callmesandy asked for a rave on familial relationships.
Fandoms: Angel, Buffy, Fullmetal Alchemist, Lord of the Rings, Veronica Mars, X

[livejournal.com profile] redredshoes asked for a rave on shadow sisters.
Media: Buffy, Ginger Snaps, Rose and Thorn; Francesca Lia Block, Violet and Claire; Charlotte Bronte, Villette; misc. songs by Tori Amos, Joydrop, Veruca Salt, Hole. (not spoilery for anything, really)

[livejournal.com profile] vonnielake asked for a rave on antagonist romances, though to be honest it got kind of ranty.
Fandoms: Angel, Buffy, X Files, Yami no Matsuei

[livejournal.com profile] loligo asked for a rave or rant on happy endings and got a relatively nonspoilery discussion of several books by Tanith Lee. (It does say whether the books end happily or sadly, but not what happens in them.)

[livejournal.com profile] jeviltwin asked for a rave on Mulder/Scully friendship and deserves much better than she got.

[livejournal.com profile] ranalore asked what I loved about particular animanga fandoms.
Fandom: Yami no Matsuei

[livejournal.com profile] shati asked for a rave on color symbolism, which of course was the perfect opportunity to spring my crackpot theories about color symbolism in the life of Subaru Sumeragi on her.
Fandoms: Tokyo Babylon, X

[livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija asked for a rave on friendship.
Fandoms: Buffy, Saiyuki

Lessons I have learned from all this:


  1. Y'all ask damn hard questions. Too much freedom! I was really expecting more character- or at least fandom-specific requests.
  2. The less time I have to think about something, the more long-winded I am. Okay, I kind of already knew that.
  3. It's really obvious which fandoms I'm still obsessed with, huh.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)

  1. The "10 things you haven't done" meme has only confirmed my long-held conviction that everyone else has a much more interesting life than I do.

  2. I am just not watching TV anymore, and I'm not sure why. I've given up on pretending I'm still watching Joan of Arcadia, I'm three weeks behind on Battlestar Galactica, and I've barely cracked my Angel S5 DVDs.

  3. If you can rec me good Hijikata/Souji (Peacemaker Kurogane) fic, please do. I would also adore Nana/Ren from Nana, but no one I know in anime fandom seems to read het and the canon makes me pretty happy anyway.

  4. I am unreasonably annoyed by portmanteau fandom and pairing names, especially when I don't recognize them.

  5. Long and intensive study of several (okay, two) cross-dressing high school manga has convinced me that many heroines would fare better if (a) they attended day school rather than boarding school; (b) they came up with some medical excuse for a single ("I have severe allergies and need to vacuum every day" actually worked on my college dean); and/or (c) they remembered to lock the bathroom door before taking a shower.

  6. I kind of like the "Ask me to rave about a pairing" meme, except that I have my usual fuddy-duddy objections to the automatic centrality of romance. (Not that this has stopped me from asking for 'ship-based recs in this entry.) So, if you wish to aid me in my procrastination, ask me to rave about some aspect of a text, whether romance, familial relationship, friendship, enmity, thematic development, worldbuilding, symbolism, neat clothes, pretty colors, swordfighting, or anything else.

    (I can't escape the feeling that expecting you to care about my opinion is egotistical. Except there's a reason you're reading this, and if it's for the sadly infrequent fic and recs, you're better off putting me on a monthly filter.)

thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)

  1. The "10 things you haven't done" meme has only confirmed my long-held conviction that everyone else has a much more interesting life than I do.

  2. I am just not watching TV anymore, and I'm not sure why. I've given up on pretending I'm still watching Joan of Arcadia, I'm three weeks behind on Battlestar Galactica, and I've barely cracked my Angel S5 DVDs.

  3. If you can rec me good Hijikata/Souji (Peacemaker Kurogane) fic, please do. I would also adore Nana/Ren from Nana, but no one I know in anime fandom seems to read het and the canon makes me pretty happy anyway.

  4. I am unreasonably annoyed by portmanteau fandom and pairing names, especially when I don't recognize them.

  5. Long and intensive study of several (okay, two) cross-dressing high school manga has convinced me that many heroines would fare better if (a) they attended day school rather than boarding school; (b) they came up with some medical excuse for a single ("I have severe allergies and need to vacuum every day" actually worked on my college dean); and/or (c) they remembered to lock the bathroom door before taking a shower.

  6. I kind of like the "Ask me to rave about a pairing" meme, except that I have my usual fuddy-duddy objections to the automatic centrality of romance. (Not that this has stopped me from asking for 'ship-based recs in this entry.) So, if you wish to aid me in my procrastination, ask me to rave about some aspect of a text, whether romance, familial relationship, friendship, enmity, thematic development, worldbuilding, symbolism, neat clothes, pretty colors, swordfighting, or anything else.

    (I can't escape the feeling that expecting you to care about my opinion is egotistical. Except there's a reason you're reading this, and if it's for the sadly infrequent fic and recs, you're better off putting me on a monthly filter.)

thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
'I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't--till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.

'When _I_ use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master--that's all.'


Also see: "Flashfiction" (Wikipedia) and "A History of the Drabble Project" (via The Wayback Machine).
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
'I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't--till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.

'When _I_ use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master--that's all.'


Also see: "Flashfiction" (Wikipedia) and "A History of the Drabble Project" (via The Wayback Machine).
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
  1. If you need to set up your drabble with a 150-word explanatory note, you may want to rethink whether this particular story is, in fact, suited to the drabble form.

  2. I would ask why, in a series with over fourteen major characters, 95% of the fanfiction seems to be devoted to just two, but that would be disingenuous. I know why. I'm just cranky because there's only just so much doomed sociopathic love I can take. Especially when it's doomed sociopathic love resolved by improbable eleventh-hour changes of heart.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
  1. If you need to set up your drabble with a 150-word explanatory note, you may want to rethink whether this particular story is, in fact, suited to the drabble form.

  2. I would ask why, in a series with over fourteen major characters, 95% of the fanfiction seems to be devoted to just two, but that would be disingenuous. I know why. I'm just cranky because there's only just so much doomed sociopathic love I can take. Especially when it's doomed sociopathic love resolved by improbable eleventh-hour changes of heart.

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