Rick, Morty, and Positive Nihilism

WARNING: SUPER MEGA SPOILERS AHEAD FOR RICK AND MORTY!

 

 

Any fan of Rick and Morty is fairly familiar with one of the show’s main philosophies: nihilism.  Throughout the series there are numerous mentions of how nothing means anything and nothing exists on purpose.  Sometimes it helps the characters, such as when Morty deters Summer from leaving, and sometimes it hurts them, such as basically Rick’s entire character.  Either way, no character is really particularly happy with this philosophy and bounce back and forth between apathetic acceptance and depression.

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Rebel’s Sharing Stuff Sunday #3

Welcome to my weekly post where I share awesome stuff I encountered throughout the week.  You’ll find a variety of things here including (but not limited to) links to comics, articles, YouTube videos, and show recommendations.  If you’d like to find potentially new things, I encourage you to tune in every Sunday and check out what gets posted!

 

With that being said, here’s this week’s stuff!

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Some Thoughts on “The Crystal Egg”

Numerous modern sci-fi stories tend to focus on epic space adventures, or, at the very least, amazing technology we can’t even come close to creating yet.  However, older sci-fi touches at something much deeper: the inherent fear that technology and knowledge brings.  This is the subject matter tackled in “The Crystal Egg,” a short story written by H.G. Wells.  Within this story, I found three particular topics of interest that I would like to discuss today: the choice of narrator, themes of escapism, and why the ending was what it was.  Remember, the views within are my own, and you’re welcome to interpret the piece in your own way.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Review Writing

As you may or may not know, as Writing Director of StArt Faire I review webcomics/indie comics every month for the magazine.  I’ve got a number of them under my belt now, so you can definitely say I have experience being a critic.  If you haven’t read any of those, you may have glanced at some of my reviews that are available here on the blog for other sorts of medium (games, TV, etc.).

However, despite having reviewed so many things, I realized I’ve yet to give proper tips for writing reviews.  Thus, today I would very much like to rectify that.  Now, being able to analyze whatever it is your reviewing is another matter entirely (and possibly a post for later).  My tips for writing reviews are geared specifically for the writing portion of reviewing.  That being said, hopefully you will find the following tips useful to your endeavors.

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Rebel’s Sharing Stuff Sunday #2

Welcome to my weekly post where I share awesome stuff I encountered throughout the week.  You’ll find a variety of things here including (but not limited to) links to comics, articles, YouTube videos, and show recommendations.  If you’d like to find potentially new things, I encourage you to tune in every Sunday and check out what gets posted!

 

With that being said, here’s this week’s stuff!

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Some Literary Thoughts: “The Island of the Fay”

Written by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Island of the Fay” is a short story that is hard to sum up as to what it’s about.  As for plot, it is mostly about the narrator’s musings about science and the divine.  Then, the narrator finds an island and watches a Fay circle around an island in a boat, until the Fay ultimately disappears into the shadows.  However, amid this short narrative, we can interpret the themes in two ways, which I will endeavor to do so.  Before I begin, I do feel I should note that literary interpretation is fairly individual, so I encourage you to read the piece for yourself and take my personal analysis of the piece with a grain of salt.

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RV Game Reviews: Tales of Xillia 2

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR TALES OF XILLIA AND TALES OF XILLIA 2!

 

 

As some of my recent posts may have hinted at, I’ve been playing through Tales of Xillia 2.  This week, I finally finished the main story of the game, clocking in about 90 hours of playtime.  Though the game is several years old, I feel it is still worth reviewing for those who haven’t played the game yet.  Before I begin with my review, I wish to note two things.  One, this review will be comparative to the first game, as the first game bares heavy relevance to this one.  As such, there is some bias to consider in that regard.  Secondly, I want to issue the standard reminder that the points made in this review are mine alone.  If you disagree with them, that’s perfectly okay and to each his own.

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Rebel’s Sharing Stuff Sunday #1

Hello readers of my blog!  I’m starting a new weekly post type for my blog I’ve decided to title “Rebel’s Sharing Stuff Sunday.”  In these weekly posts, I’m going to endeavor to share stuff that I encountered throughout the week that I think is really awesome and should be read/looked at/watched/etc.  It’s going to feature a variety of things, from webcomics to YouTube videos to articles I find while learning about the world.  With each link I’m going to give a quick tidbit about what it is and why I think you should check it out.  So, if you’d like to find potentially new things, I encourage you to tune in every Sunday and check out what gets posted!

With that being said, here’s this week’s stuff!

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Satire

In my opinion, one of the most difficult forms of writing to ever undertake is satire.  It takes a certain cunning to be able to execute satire, and even then the simplest of mistakes can quickly unravel the smartest of premises.  It is definitely not something I’d recommend for a beginner, no matter how passionate they are about criticizing people’s vices.  However, practice makes perfect so at some point, assuming you’re interested in the topic, you’re going to have to attempt satire.

That being said, there are identifiable beginner’s mistakes that one can avoid.  Thus, today I would like to share my wisdom with you in regards to how you can start your very first satire.  Hopefully, with these tips, you can avoid the most common first mistakes and create a worthwhile piece.

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