Monday, October 31, 2016

Final Girl 25-26

This may be a bit of a cop-out... but it seems unreasonably harsh to write a TG caption series in which almost the entire cast dies horribly.  And really, the rules around the magic remote are pretty vague; I don't think there's a proper set of rules written down anywhere.  It's more a trope than a proper universe.  So, as far as I know, there are no guidelines stating what happens when a character dies while in a TV show or movie.

I may return to these characters in the future; I think there's a lot of potential for prequel and sequel caps here.

This has been a pretty dark series; you guys might need a breather.  I know I do.  So my next series will be much more lighthearted fare, a brief series set in the Genderwave universe.  Watch for it on Wednesday!

Diary - Costume Party

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Final Girl 22-24

Heads up: the finale of Final Girl goes up TOMORROW, on Halloween night!  Don't miss it!
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tomb Raided

Sorta the same general idea as Legends of the Dark Tower, I guess.

Beat the Heat 22

So, I posted this late last night... but I meant to schedule it to be posted at around noon.  So I deleted it a few minutes later, and now I'm re-posting it.  Hooooopefully it will go up at the correct time.  I guess anyone who saw it got a special sneak preview?
Perhaps it's a bit silly to put it up and then immediately yank it back down, only to re-post it later... but I didn't want to bury my previous post.  People aren't used to me putting up two posts on the same night, so I didn't want someone to see this post and not scroll down to see the next part of Final Girl, which has some crucial plot developments.

Sorry, everyone.  Still figuring Blogger out.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Final Girl 16-18

Told you this series would be going to some pretty dark places.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Final Girl 13-15

The plot of many a slasher movie would fall apart if the police in the movie were even remotely competent.

One of my favorite parts of writing this series was imagining the brothers' previous adventures with the magic remote.  I may have to write about some of these other adventures at some point.

Oh, also, mortal danger, serial killer on their tail, yada yada.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Final Girl 10-12

I realized, writing this series, that one thing that makes writing a prose slasher story much harder than writing a slasher movie is that you can convey grief much more easily on screen than you can in writing.  If I was to handle these characters' reactions believably, I had to spend a lot of time writing about their grief over losing their friends.  That makes this a pretty heavy series as far as TG fiction goes.

Also, I'm still traumatized by Tara's death on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I identified with her very strongly, so her death was unusually painful as far as TV deaths go.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Final Girl 7-9

I'm  testing out Blogger's "schedule" feature.  If everything goes as intended, this should go up automatically at 7PM Eastern.  If not, I guess you guys get it a little early. :)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Final Girl 4-6

First man down.

Reams have been written about the politics of race, gender, and sexuality in slasher movies, and about the order in which characters die in action movies in general.  The site TV Tropes summarizes a lot of this in its Sorting Algorithm of MortalityHere's a page discussing the fact that token characters of color tend to die first in action movies.  And here, of course, is a page on the Final Girl.

By the way, I originally planned to call this series Final "Girl"... but those quotation marks would have gotten very old very fast.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

On Protesting Too Much

I've always been curious what draws men to play as female characters in MMORPGs.  Steve's reasoning here by far the most common explanation I've seen in the many message board threads on this topic.  It feels a little like guys who say this are overcompensating, like they're reaching for the most straight-sounding explanation for why they play as female characters.

I think cross-gender playing is a lot less of a taboo than it used to be.  It's so commonplace, at least within my social circle, that no one even comments on it anymore.  I'd say around half of my male gamer friends have at least one female character.

Man, I miss those guys.  I don't know them in this reality.  One of the relatively few things I dislike about my transformation is that I've lost some of my friends.  But the things I've gained outweight by far the things I've lost.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Final Girl 1-3

 A word of warning at the outset of this series.  This is a magic remote series in which several characters become trapped in a slasher movie.  As you'd expect from such a setup, several characters die over the course of this series.  There isn't a lot of gore, but the subject matter is still heavier and more violent than you'd typically expect from a TG caption blog.  Proceed with caution.

I love Halloween.  This is one of my favorite times of year.  A couple of weeks ago, I decided I wanted to do something special for Halloween; this is the result.

I don't actually watch a lot of slasher movies; I normally like gory, violent movies.  (That may be why I'd never heard of this Mariella Worchester person everyone thinks I look like; I guess she has a reputation as a scream queen.)  Slasher movies have been deconstructed and spoofed to death, though (no pun intended), so I'm familiar with the formula.  Since this series is written by someone who's only watched a few slasher movies, though, I may not have hit all the marks.

I want to finish this series by Halloween, so I'll be posting three caps at a time.  Enjoy! :)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Dream Maker 11 and 12

That's it for Dream Maker.  Like I said, there's not much plot here, but I think it was a nice little story.

Coming Sunday, the first part of Final Girl, a Halloween-themed special!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dream Maker 9 and 10

I rewatched Roman Holiday before writing these caps.  I'd forgotten how good it was.

I'm not sure how clear this is, but one of the ideas I've been playing with in my Chrono Corps captions is that the world that we live in.  In multiple captions, I've dropped hints that history was different before the Chrono Corps got their hands on it, and that certain historical events are the result of their actions.  So the Audrey Hepburn we're familiar with, for example, is the Audrey Hepburn who was created as a result of Eric's mission.  Before Eric, she was a nobody, a failure as a dancer who had retired into obscurity.

Of course, one could argue that the CC have failed, that the world we're living in isn't all that great... but jeeze, can you imagine how much worse it must have been before they started changing history of the better?

By the way, you can watch Eric's screen test here.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016


In recognition of National Coming Out Day.

Like Angel, I used to wish every year on my birthday to become a girl, until I became too old to believe my wish would ever be granted.

I guess it was finally granted.  Just... three decades too late.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dream Maker 7 and 8

In these captions, I touch on an aspect of the Chrono Corps universe that troubles me.  The time travel technology the Chrono Corps uses requires agents to hijack the bodies of people in the past and manipulate their lives to the Corps's own ends.  You can make an argument about the ends justifying the means, but how far does that extend?

As of these caps, Eric has spent about three years in Audrey's life.  He's made some incredibly important decisions for her; he's determined the direction of the rest of her life; and he's stolen a big chunk of her youth.  And now he's accepted a proposal on her behalf.  Eric is crafting a good life for Audrey, but what if it isn't the life she wanted to live?  What right does Eric, or does the Corps, have to make these decisions for her?

Sometimes I think I think too much about the moral implications of TG fiction.  I can't not think of these things, though.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Taxi Driver

Beat the Heat 20

I think identifying instinctively with either men or women is a big piece of gender identity.  I've always tended to identify instinctively with women, whether they be fictional characters or people I've met in my own life.

I've been dithering over whether I should tag caps with Cameron in them with "mental change."  As of this cap, it's pretty obvious to me that Cameron is experiencing full-fledged mental changes as a result of his trip to Bikini Beach, and not simply a shift in his sexual orientation, so I'm going to start marking Cameron as having mental changes.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dream Maker 5 and 6

This series required a lot of research.  As I was writing these caps, I wanted to stay as true as I could to Audrey Hepburn's life, which meant doing a bit of reading.

Not that I read a proper biography or anything.... but I did watch an old Audrey Hepburn biopic, I watched some clips from Audrey's early films, I read some Wikipedia entries, and I did some pretty extensive Google Fu.  I think that's reasonably in-depth research by TG capping standards.

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