Vigilantism is one of those aspects that often carries a certain romanticism to it in media. Whether it’s a lone, broody person or a group, there is something poetic about people’s justice and the idea any person is able to take down criminals. As such, vigilantes can often be a very popular type of character to write, fueling our imaginations with exciting imagery of daring trials and the ultimate prevailing of justice. However, vigilantes are also a hard sort of character to write, as it often requires a certain balance between numerous aspects to succeed. Today, I would like to talk about 4 elements to writing a vigilante character that I think are important to achieving that success. While some may be obvious, they are things I do think get overlooked, so hopefully they will be contextualized in a way that gives you food for thought.
No matter what type of story you like, stories are all focused on the same thing: the journey from one point to another. Sometimes these points are physical locations, and sometimes they’re internal, emotional journeys that realistically take place in a matter of seconds. Nevertheless, as story consumers, we are partaking in a journey, usually with the focus being on one or more characters. With this in mind, there is a major expectation that comes with the concept of a journey: change. When a character goes on a journey, they are expected to grow. This growth doesn’t have to be positive, but nevertheless characters are expected to show how a particular journey affected them. This is not only important for making a story good, but also important for making a story impactful.
Unfortunately, character growth can be a hard concept to master for beginners (and even for those more experienced at writing). However, I feel if you break it down, there are five basic types of character growth that you can use to create a compelling narrative. Today, I would like to talk about these five types a little bit, breaking down the larger concept into more digestible chunks.
VERY SMALL SPOILERS FOR IO AHEAD!
This was again another one of those weekends where I had a lack of things I wanted to watch. Or more so, should I say, I wasn’t in the mood to binge a TV show, because I was too lazy to think. Several times on my Netflix feed I had seen IO though, a sci-fi movie that seemed right for what I was in the mood for. Taking the plunge, I decided to give it a chance. As per usual, my review for it is simply my opinion. If you felt differently, that’s awesome and you continue doing you. Anyway, let’s get into it.
MINOR SPOILERS FOR BIRD BOX AHEAD!
Every once in a while, the stars will align so two things will happen in my life at once: I’ll remember the world’s general movie recommendation, and I’ll have a lack of other things to watch. This is how I came to Bird Box this weekend, a movie recommended by many online personalities I watch. While not one to usually take people’s movie recommendations, I was malleable and decided, “What have I got to lose?” So the question then, is it as great as everyone says? Well, let’s discuss that. Of course, remember as always that this is just my opinion, and it’s just an opinion. Also, please excuse the vagueness in some of these points, as it is one of those movies where it’s hard to say anything without spoiling elements.
Finding a job, especially when you have no connections, is difficult even at the best of times. Sometimes, your location is conspiring against you, and the only decent jobs would take a 2 hour commute every day. Other times, every job around you will want a specific availability that you just don’t have for whatever reason. This is not to mention that even when you find a job posting you like, it’s a gamble since the majority of job postings get hundreds of responses. However, there is another issue at hand that also hurts everyone’s job hunting experience: bad jobs themselves.
Nobody wants to get stuck in a position they hate. Not only is it mentally toxic to one’s well-being to be in such a situation, it is more likely you’ll just be on the hunt for a new job in a short period of time. Spotting a bad job can be difficult though, since most of us have little to no familiarity with 99% of the companies out there. Thankfully, though, there are a few red flags you can spot in job postings themselves that might clue you into the fact it’s a bad job. Today, I would like to talk to you about five of those red flags in the hopes that you can save yourself time, energy, and soul from some dangerous entrapment.
MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE HOLLOW AHEAD! BE ADVISED!
As a fan of animation, I’m usually always on the lookout for new animated series. However, for the several months Netflix tried to recommend The Hollow to me, I always gave it a pass. It was one of those series that, to me, looked super geared for a younger audience. That being said, the fact I’m writing this right now makes it obvious that I finally gave in and decided to give the series a shot. So, how was it? That is the question I’m here to answer today. As always with my reviews, remember that this is just my opinion, and you are entitled to your own opinion.
When it comes to interpreting any sort of story, there are generally two schools of thought. In one corner, we have the concept of authorial intent. Those who argue in favor of authorial intent believe, at the basis, that what the author was going for and wanted to say with their story is the true, objective interpretation. This remains true even if the author adds content or insight outside of the story through items like interviews. However, in the other corner is the concept of death of the author. This corner believes that the author inherently does not matter. Instead, stories are completely subjective, especially in regards to what the story means. It is up to the reader to decide what they mean, even in regards to story points that may be presented as vague.
For many, the argument between the two has no bearing on their lives. However, spend time in any fandom long enough and you will see this basic concept come to the forefront. Does the author clarifying this story point mean it is objectively what happened? Does it matter what the author wanted for a message if other points in the story don’t support it? Fans spend hours and hours arguing which is more important, usually with nothing gained at the end of the conversation.
In the end, though, I have a different position that I wish to take. Rather than one being better than the other, I wish to argue that both are valid and have their place depending on context. If this is a topic that interests you, I hope you’ll stick with me while I lay out my points. Of course, remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion. This is simply my own, and if you feel different that is perfectly fine.
Everyone in life has a little social anxiety. For some, it’s a specific social situation, like a party or interview. For others, it can be literally everything that involves talking to another person. Regardless, life can be an uncomfortable experience in a variety of situations. While normally not a problem, for some it can be a crippling affair that affects their quality of life. The very thought of even attempting to put yourself in those situations willingly can likewise be something to scoff at. Yet, exposure to these uncomfortable situations can often be the very thing that helps makes the situations less uncomfortable for you.
At this point, many would ask why such exposure is good when it causes such anxiety and stress? However, that is what I’m here to tell you about today: the benefits you will receive from exposing yourself. So, whether you scoff or are intrigued, I’ll hope you stick with me for this brief bit and listen to my argument before writing it off.
This week I had the extreme honor to read Aether Eternius. Created by Shannon Merrill (Novasiri), the comic has phenomenal art design and a great premise, though it is held back by some character dynamic issues.