Don’t shove politics in my story

Frankly, I don’t give a damn about politics on either side because most people don’t care to get it. Though I did harbour political views when I was growing up and frankly I distrust both conservative and leftist perspectives because when they’re used as the main bias, it leads to characters who are flat and hamfisted if they’re not on our side.

 

Even if they’re villains, give them more depth to what they are and trying to do to the protagonist other than evil sexist or evil communist homosexual whachamacallit. I think the essay ‘The Very Important Opinions’ beat me to it.

 

But it still proves the point that even if you have a worldview you need to be more open-minded to make the characters’ enemies and their motivations more believable or otherwise there’s no point at all to begin with.

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Here we go again

Supergirl will go the way of Arrow, perhaps more easily due to being overlooked by Greg Berlanti and co as well as being formulaic. As for the fanbase, when Kon-El shows up there’s a damning chance that some will really latch onto him.

 

You have younger viewers connecting to him so easily they write a lot about him in their blogs and fanfictions. He ends up overshadowing his brother this way. Then we get people who secretly desire Superman.

 

Someone pointed out that another problem with female counterparts to male heroes is that they’re uninteresting to people who don’t secretly desire the latter. One shouldn’t be surprised to find sexualised fanart of Supergirl, including a literal genderbent Superman.

 

If there’s a Superboy some will age him up to be appealing. Some South Park fans do it often. Which further marginalises James Olsen. Which gets compounded not only by his personality change but also Winn who becomes male Felicity.

 

He’ll be appealing to people who don’t want desire the underaged Kon. Either character, it’s pretty frightening to witness if Kon shows up on Supergirl at all.

Don’t be too preachy

Regardless if it’s conservative fundamentalist or feminist SJW, a story that preaches too much and tries too hard to reveal its message isn’t just insincere but also needless and annoying.

 

Users at Project After criticised the programme Steven Universe for hiding weak writing with a well-intentioned but forced message. Similar things can be said of Supergirl though a number of SJWs don’t like it either.

 

But it’s telling how they depict the characters and the way fans react to them. Out of all the black characters on Steven Universe, it’s Garnet that gets the most attention.

 

Not Nanifua and her family even though they’re actually more relatable. Both Supergirl and Steven Universe involve interracial friendships but would backfire if one of them’s more average.

 

It’s pretty coincidental that they’re both SJW honeypots with a lot of female characters, non-threatening male characters save for the villains, hamfisted feminism and interracial dating.

 

If Supergirl gets replaced by a Christian conservative Superboy, it’ll still be preachy and annoying. It’s like the Horseshoe Theory where two opposing parties are very similar.

 

Not that there’s anything wrong but it should be subtler to have better writing shine through.

The horror of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

This is a meme coined after a critic’s observations of women who inspire men through their superficial flaws. They have quirky behaviours that are construed to be weirdly endearing.

 

But when taken out in the wild it inspires a different, albeit mixed response. One that combines humour, revulsion, pity, schadenfreude, horror, ridicule and cynicism.

 

There was an article on Nerve on a woman who tried to act adorkable to impress her boyfriend only to inspire the opposite. Also if you hang out at websites that ridicule lolcows (people whose eccentricities are amusing in a sadistic way) a lot of MPDG could be those.

 

While it’s wrong to ridicule those that stand out, it’s also wrong to put it on a pedestal or tolerate such because there comes a time when your tolerance and patience gets tested until it cracks.

 

I suspect superficially offbeat female characters are appealing to insecure people though not all insecure people like those. Or that if they’re actually flawed and awkward, they’d be too human to be considered quirky.

 

They’re ultimately boring though it’s probably harder to give them actual struggles, shortcomings and the way people react to them to keep them from being MPDG.

The audience

Superheroes weren’t intended for such a small demographic until recently. And making them appeal to adults who never outgrew superheroes is what’s holding back their potential to be greater.

 

One can write an adult superhero story without resorting to sex and violence though it’s harder to pull off because it involves not only restraint but awareness that nobody likes that.

 

Superhero cheesecake can be pretty redundant in the presence of actual pornography. It can trigger fetishes but superhero porn isn’t appealing to most people either.

 

I could be wrong about it. But superhero media increasingly preaches to a choir. Replace superhero with furry and you’d get something similar. Both of them involve incomprehensible tropes and fetishistic imagery and themes.

 

Similar things can be applied to anime. What’s alarming is that they appeal to niches so specific they’re obviously not meant for anybody else. It takes extraordinary awareness to realise this but some furries and superherofags have shot themselves in the foot, taking away any potential for world domination.

The selfishness and misanthropy of animal rights

While I’m against animal cruelty, I hate animal rights and animal rights activists in particular. They’re not only useless, they’re useless bullies at that. They annoy those who actually do any work.

 

They’re also racist. That doesn’t mean people of colour are blameless but the Western ones disproportionately emphasis animal cruelty whenever it’s done by non-Westerners, sometimes Southern/Latin and Slavic Europeans.

 

Can you imagine what would happen if an Anglophone animal rights group get pissed when thousands of Germans poison dogs? That’s already an issue in Dutch and German speaking Europe, where their own animal rights groups are aware of it.

 

But most other animal rights groups don’t bring it up. They’re hypocrites. Though there are those who are genuinely interested in animal welfare, they get overshadowed by bullies who do nothing better.

 

The animal rights movement is a joke if it weren’t for misanthropic bullies running the show.

Woes of MRAs

Men’s rights activists are a group of men that try to bring light to men’s issues but mostly do nothing useful to save them and themselves. They keep on complaining and wondering why they have little success with the opposite sex, much less actually getting laid in general.

 

That’s understandable but rather than bettering themselves for potential relationships and trying to stop their urges to insult people, they keep on attacking certain people who are more successful than they are.

 

A number of MRA/MGTOW posts involve avoiding women altogether and blaming men who actually are in relationships with women. Not to mention that some like stuff meant for little girls.

 

To some, MRAs and MGTOW are a bunch of really jealous blokes who have so much difficulty with the opposite sex that they blame and berate men who actually are in relationships with them. Not all of them are gay but there’s a surprisingly better case for them having homosexual tendencies than feminists do.