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#8104 - pewtersprite
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(06/24/2016) [-]
So I'm wondering, has anyone else had this happen to them?

The year is 2008-ish.
I'm writing about a fantasy world in which elves have a troubled past. Originally a noble, savage people, large quantities of them have been subjugated, and now live as second-class citizens within other races' cities, primarily those of the humans. However, there is a portion of the elvish people who're still free, and they detest humanity and its coddled, civilized way of life.
Then 2010 comes along and releases Dragon Age. The elves there are startlingly familiar.

Another time:
It's between 2010-11.
I'm currently designing a world for tabletop RPG.
It's a dark fantasy world where a great, powerful maker ignited a grand flame (the sun) to keep the world nurtured, before leaving the world and its peoples to their fate.
The flame kept on burning for a great while, and several mighty kingdoms rose and fell as the flame kept on burning.
But then the flame began to fade, and a great uncertainty crept into the hearts of the mortals. The fire must be kept alive, somehow...
Then Dark Souls is released, with a VERY familiar story to its world.

Is this something that happens a lot in general, writing some quite specific stuff for your personal fiction only for you to see it in a game, movie or similar only a year or so later?
#8109 to #8104 - dasistwunderbar
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(06/26/2016) [-]
I once talked with a guy on here about his idea for a book with a planet that didn't spin, and the people who lived in the darkness. I gave him some ideas, like trees that produced heat and light. About a year later I read Dark Eden and come on here asking for my royalties, but the guy didn't write it. Moral of the story is, keep your ideas to yourself, we're under constant surveillance.
#8106 to #8104 - pewtersprite
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(06/24/2016) [-]
Realizing it's not technically about "books" as I saw both examples in video games, but sort of topical regardless, no?
#8107 to #8106 - funkydiscomaggot ONLINE
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(06/26/2016) [-]
I think someone from FromSoftware is spying on you. just kidding

The genre of fantasy is really huge, and many people come up with very big imaginary worlds. With so many people making their own worlds, there's possibility of stories being really similar. I haven't played Dragon Age or seen any gameplay, but I can certainly talk about Dark Souls for days. Dark Souls has a ton of inspiration with a theme of mortality, I wouldn't be surprised if the inspirations of Dark Souls and the inspiration of your tabletop fantasy world were very similar.

Does it happen a lot? I wouldn't know but it seems to have happened to you one more than one occasion. Right now I'm currently working on a Romance of the Three Kingdoms-inspired story. I would not be too surprised if say, a Mount & Blade mod was uploaded with a very similar story and concept.
#8111 to #8107 - pewtersprite
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(06/27/2016) [-]
It does happen every few years, though those two would be the most notable examples. The elves of Dragon Age have a literally identical background story to those I wrote about two years before the game was even released.
The Dark Souls one has a few dissimilarities though, and considering that I wrote my story shortly before Dark Soul's release I might have been subconsciously affected by promotional material I don't remember seeing or something, who knows.
#8101 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/24/2016) [-]
---Matter has no Mercy---
Backbound
And the black hound
Is chasing me
It's tracing me
And my movements
Adjusting, learning
Yearning?
While I'm squirming
To set me free of this prison
I pretend to need
Not to bleed
No, to be freed
I should have fun
With friends, love, sex and sun
But I know all too well
The only freedom, may send me to hell
The only freedom comes
In the form of a loaded gun
#8100 - kecyd
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(06/22/2016) [-]
I haven't read a lot in my life so i was wondering if there are some musts to reading? Currently reading "the fellowship of the ring".
#8118 to #8100 - thesunpraiser ONLINE
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(6 hours ago) [-]
I wouldn't call it a must, but I absolutely adore the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. Definitely look into it.
#8108 to #8100 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/26/2016) [-]
Any genre?
#8116 to #8108 - kecyd
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(06/28/2016) [-]
i guess i like fantasy but i want to branch out that's wht i'm asking about any book that i might have missed
#8102 to #8100 - pewtersprite
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(06/24/2016) [-]
I can't really think of any "musts" off the top of my head, but if you finish up with Lord of the Rings and find that fantasy is your thing, I can recommend the following:

The Name of the Wind (and its sequel, "Wise Man's Fear") by Patrick Rothfuss
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
The Belgariad (at least the first two books, I thought the rest was sorta meh) by David Eddings
The Sword of Shannara (possibly the rest too, I dunno though, I was VERY young when I read these) by Terry Brooks

And if you feel like reading some honest to God cheesy sword'n sorcery:
Dragonlance (the original two trilogies) by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman
The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

Do note that these are my personal preferences, and I don't see them as "must read" as much as just good fantasy books that I enjoy. Many will probably argue that lots of the books I like are quite terrible. :]
#8117 to #8102 - kecyd
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(06/28/2016) [-]
haha will probably check some of these out after lord of the rings is entirely read.
#8091 - canyou
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(06/21/2016) [-]
Just started The 4 Hour Workweek. It's interesting that I've read 3 different financial guidance books with 3 different takes on retirement investment. I don't know if there's a best answer to that question, but knowing multiple answers is better than knowing none.

I'm on page 50, and I've got to say, I feel pretty inspired to get my ass in gear and finish it off asap. I like it so far.
#8086 - funkydiscomaggot ONLINE
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(06/21/2016) [-]
I'm not so sure about the story that I am currently writing and being a faggot, I need to hear what people think before I go any further with it.

docs.google.com/document/d/1wy8ulxmNUbhZWWwKJkIEmgOhRXj2r2IsUREy9FwWkwo/edit?usp=sharing

So give me your opinions.
#8094 to #8086 - dasistwunderbar
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(06/21/2016) [-]
Well, I hope you'll understand if I don't read the entire thing, but I'll do what I normally do, which is drop some comments that occur to me while I'm reading and wrap up with something a bit more coherent.

Right off the bat this exposition dump is a little uncomfortable. There are less clunky ways to do this, and even if you're going for the straight-up dump, all these terms out of context mean nothing to me.

Coomas, are, a useful, tool. But they can be overused. I understand you want to break up your sentence, but remeber you can always use a full stop. Some of these are blatantly misplaced as well:
"During this period of war, a wise man who went by the humble name of Fei, was born"
Here you want During this period of war, a wise man who went by the name of Fei was born.

Or, if you're into the whole brevity thing: "Into this time of war, the mystic Fei was born."

You've got a weird mix of styles going on in this first section. It reads like a folk tale, but it's oddly formal and technical. Do we need to know they started speaking the same languages, and then the customs, and then the celelbrations?

"Unto?" Wew lad, you're not writing the bible here.

Seriously, these sentences are paralysingly long. If you're writing extended sentences, it shoud be as an excuse to show off flowery prose, not to squeeze Di Xinshan's life story into one breath.

Pronouns motherfucker do you use them. Di Xinshan can be abbreviated to 'he' in most of these cases.

Again with the techspeak. "Aimed for maximum efficiency"?

"tribes leaders" doesn't make sense. You want "tribe leaders", "tribal leaders", the "tribels leaders" or really anything but that.

Seriously, I don't need to know everyone's names every time. If you're speaking history, Wal and Huang Xinshan can be shortened to the advisor and his emperor.

Now how you gonna skip over years of unspecified neglect to bring me the establishment of a new administrative branch of the government. I can feel my blood thickening.

Right, that's enough of that. Here's your problem. You';re clearly trying to spin up a world for your yarn to take place in, and that's great, you've clearly given some thought to your backstory. however, this story is just that, backstory. There's nothing in this piece that needed to be stated up front, no giant McGuffin I need to understand to comprehend your world and so it should stay in the background. Cut everything I've commented on and slap us in modern-day imperial court. I mentioned Game of Thrones before, and how much of a chore would it have been to read through a dry thesis on the history of Westeros until we got to the first chapter? It sounds obvious, but stories are driven by characters, and so far you have empty names and boring exposition. You asked if you're being a faggot, and no you're not. I love me some sengoku, and you're clearly buckling up for a heavy undertaking here. So it's with great compassion that I tell you you cannot build a compelling story on that first page. And if you're about to tell me I need to read on to appreciate it, you're making my point. I couldn't appreciate it, because I didn't have to appetite for it after gnawing through the dry plaster that was your opening section. Stick some cherries on there.
#8098 to #8094 - funkydiscomaggot ONLINE
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(06/21/2016) [-]
These are the kinds of opinions I'm looking for and I really appreciate your criticism.

You're right, I'll start working on improving the first couple pages of backstory. While I do feel it should sort of be there because characters will be mentioning some of the history, it doesn't need to be so long and still get across the important stuff. My main inspiration was Romance of the Three Kingdoms and simple history throughout imperial China and sengoku Japan (that wasn't really important but hey, why not throw it in there).

The reason why I haven't used that many pronouns is because I've worked on previous stuff (only to stop writing it later) only to have people tell me "WHO R O TALKIN ABOT HUR?" when only one character was mentioned or some shit, so I had to write as if I was talking to sheep which i will improve on.

I kind of wrote this willy nilly so it might seem out of places sometimes

dank u for ur comment
#8084 - mrmelancholy
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(06/18/2016) [-]
I'm looking for a site where I can read some of frank millers comics, like sin city or ronin
I already have a few sites where I read my other comics. but they never really have any of his stuff.

so are there any sites where I can read them?
#8078 - admiralloli ONLINE
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(06/10/2016) [-]
any one know of any good fantasy books?

the last series i read was game of thrones a few years back and i kinda wanna get back into reading
#8096 to #8078 - tormain
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(06/21/2016) [-]
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss About an extremely clever arcanist finding his way in the world, my favorite series
The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett The World is beset by demons, but only at night. Humanity can not fight back but one boy is sick off hiding and starts looking for a way to attack
The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks A boy from the slums is taken in by a legendary Wetboy (Assassin with magic) and trained to be a killer
The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks A fat boy meets his father and as it turns out, he is the leader of an empire, now the oy has to follow in his footsteps and make something of himself. Fantastic magic system
The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence A runaway prince of 14 is the leader of a band of marauders, and a bit of a cunt. He revels in murder and has his mind set on becoming king
#8097 to #8096 - tormain
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(06/21/2016) [-]
I'd recommend The Night Angel Trilogy most if you're just getting back into it. It's the shortest out of all of them. 650 pages per book, with 3 books total.
#8090 to #8078 - guitarassassin ONLINE
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(06/21/2016) [-]
If you're reading the English translated version, the translation is a little wonky at times, but I liked it.
#8087 to #8078 - canyou
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(06/21/2016) [-]
I enjoyed Six of Crows. It's book 1 of a trilogy and book 2 doesn't come out for a few months though. Still, I think you'll like it. It's a prison break out story that has some elements of paranormal and magic powers, but not like TOO much magic stuff you know? There are also themes of gang activity, race wars, drug addiction, and a couple good romance stories. Mild spoiler, don't become too invested in a character named "Joost". They set him up and kill him off in the first chapter to show how messed up the drug is.

I especially liked the characters Inej Matthias and Nina and I think you will too .
#8082 to #8078 - cupotruth
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(06/18/2016) [-]
Mistborn

It was meh for the first bit of the first book but then it gets really good and I'm on the second book and it is amazing

Literally anything by Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic read
#8083 to #8082 - admiralloli ONLINE
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(06/18/2016) [-]
alright thanks man
i'll look into it in a bit
#8067 - rebornpotato
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(06/06/2016) [-]
Just got done with this and can't wait to sink my teeth into the second one in the series.
#8103 to #8067 - pewtersprite
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(06/24/2016) [-]
It keeps the quality to the same standard, if you ask me. You've got quite a few things to look forward to!
#8095 to #8067 - tormain
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(06/21/2016) [-]
I just finished reading it for the second time yesterday, still my favorite series out there.
#8074 to #8067 - dyoxide
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(06/08/2016) [-]
You should also read The Silent Regard of Slow Things. It explains Auri, kind of. Really its just beautiful, I only wish it was longer.
#8072 to #8067 - thesunpraiser ONLINE
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(06/08/2016) [-]
What's it about?
#8075 to #8072 - dyoxide
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(06/08/2016) [-]
My name is Kvothe, You may have heard of me.


www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/books.asp an overview for all the books he has written to date.
#8064 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/04/2016) [-]
A poem.
---------------
Empty me of fluids of flesh
Transform me
Rip apart my sickly, broken body
Let my soul run free
Yes
The true me
So powerful and unstable indeed
That I need
Might I say needed
To be shackled
Yes, I heeded
I was tackled
To the flesh
By all what I thought was real
But discovered
That what I feel
Is entirely
And completely
Wrong
#8070 to #8064 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/07/2016) [-]
----God has Anxiety----
The broken, living dead are walking
Talking
Without words or destinations
Amalgamations
Of impulses and sensory input
And God..
God has anxiety
Because of the evisceration of his creation
Cremate the world with a single stroke
A false vacuum maybe
Time cuts the throat of us all
We run against the concrete wall
And how powerful are we not,
That we gave the almighty anxiety?
#8099 to #8070 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/21/2016) [-]
Staring at the half lit sky
The transcendent calm starts to settle
As I become one
With all
And all is like unbroken water
Somewhere in the chaos of it all
I find solace
I look at the twinkling star
Wonder
About what's yonder
Afar
#8089 to #8070 - canyou
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(06/21/2016) [-]
I like it
#8093 to #8089 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/21/2016) [-]
Thanks
#8080 to #8070 - ilikethisusername
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(06/16/2016) [-]
damn that was deep
#8081 to #8080 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/16/2016) [-]
Thanks. I just had the name: "God has anxiety" and I thought it was very ... Dramatic I guess. I decided to work with it.
#8079 to #8070 - cognosceteipsum
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(06/11/2016) [-]
---Cosmic Crusaders of Nothing---
We are the cosmic crusaders of nothing
Inside of us..
An entire universe of hurt and joy is confined
Like a tiny glass, filled to the brim with an explosive liquid
In an infinitely large room
For us, the liquid is the whole room..
Our love
Our hate
We destroy
Or create
In a corner of this room, we sit with our liquid
Thinking the whole, infinite room must be made out of liquid
When
Not even the entirety of our corner is of this liquid
But it feels so real, so omnipresent
Even though every once in a while, someone loses their liquid
Before they lose the glass themselves
They begin speaking of the emptiness of space, now seen with clear eyes
That this liquid was merely a property of their individual glass.
The other glasses of liquid will assure you this is nonsense, because they are still immersed and drowning in their own liquid
Oh yes, we own this universe
Cosmic crusaders as we are
And in our empty moments we realize..
We are nothing
#8063 - dyoxide
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(06/04/2016) [-]
Ok, so what in looking for isnt really a book, but it was a story. It was a kind of HFY genre set with god closing the gates of heaven and Hell invading earth. And well there was the whole Murica Fuck yeah when they decide to kill all the deamons... but from memory it was a fun read online and I was hoping someone here knows what its called?
#8085 to #8063 - captainspankmonkey
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(06/21/2016) [-]
The Salvation War by Stuart Slade.
#8088 to #8085 - dyoxide
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(06/21/2016) [-]
GIF
zomg Thankyou!!!!!!
#8071 to #8063 - ljxjlos
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(06/07/2016) [-]
I wrote up some ideas for a similar concept, once...guess I can trash those, now.
#8076 to #8071 - gigzara
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(06/08/2016) [-]
Please do and add me.
#8077 to #8076 - ljxjlos
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(06/09/2016) [-]
Do what again?

sorry, I´m rather dead-tired and on painkillers.