Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Freshly Squeezed from the Internet!

Celebrated modern Renaissance woman and singer-songwriter Tori Amos is doing a musical. No title has been announced yet.

And fans of rock/indie/chick/ethereal/whatever sort of music Tori makes, saw that it was good, and rested.


For the uninitiated, a Mary-Sue or Gary-Stu character describes a fictional person written with little depth often seen as a self-insert of the author but far, far more perfect.

An interesting point of view on the subject is offered by comic creator Coelasquid in a level-headed essay-post, Don't worry guys, everything isn't a Mary-Sue:

"Mary Sue” characters are generally boring because they’re rich and everyone wants to be their friend and they have a smoking hot significant other and they’re the best at what they do. They’re already at the top, so their story has no room to arc. A protagonist can have rainbow hair, fourteen wings, and laser beams shooting from their purple eyes and still be interesting to read about if they have some kind of real human struggle in their life that the audience can connect with.

Also, Maslow's Pyramid of Human Needs is used to explain why Iron Man 2 was kind of lame. Recommended reading.


Here's some really cool and brief writing advice about self-expression and the importance of telling good stories.


The above picture is "Stag Hunting" from 15th century artist Wolfgang Buerer. It is pretty neat, I think.