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#8263 - tvfreakuk
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(07/26/2016) [-]
Anyone else here read the Darren Shan Saga?
I decided to buy and reread all of them due to the fact that I had only read up to book 5 for ages.
Jesus Christ it was good. I loved Lake of Souls; that whole thing with The Grotesque and everything.
Spoilers: my fan theory (I know it obviously has no credence as an argument to whatever Shan was actually trying to portray, but it's just what I like you think about it) is that The Grotesque was the last of the vampires, mutated over time. It's mainly just with the context clues; 1. The followers of TG are theorised to be descendants of those albino parasite people that lived in Vampire Mountain (I can't remember their name), 2. Ba'Shan's spiders are also there too, and 3. The Grotesque is human-like, with fangs and red eyes (red eyes like a Vampaneze would have

That being said, most of those things may have just been orchestrated and placed their by Mr. Tiny to just fuck with Darren's head but I just like the idea of it.
#8291 to #8263 - mondominiman ONLINE
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(08/07/2016) [-]
I remember reading his cirque du freak series years years ago when I was still just a kid. I don't think I ever finished them . Are his newer books much better?
#8294 to #8291 - tvfreakuk
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(08/07/2016) [-]
I've never read his newer stuff. I remember looking his short novel Koyasan. It's about a young girl who has to go into the village graveyard (which is basically a forrest full of vengeful spirits because her baby sister ran off and is being held captive)

I've just recently been getting into reading book series I never finished before. Especially when I saw the entire Cirque du Freak series on amazon for £20 when they're usually £5.99 each. I still need to read the last Power of Five book series by Anthony Horowitz, which wasn't really my fault seeing as it took him fucking years to bring out the last one.
#8262 - thechosentroll
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(07/25/2016) [-]
So, I got bored and decided to read some Iron Man comics. Turns out that he's not only adopted, he was adopted from Bulgaria. My country is so fucking obscure and small, that they are using it for character origin stories now, instead of just making up a new country like they usually do. I can't tell if I should be proud or pissed.
#8279 to #8262 - jaevel
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Why should you be pissed? Do they represent Bulgaria as a bad country?
#8280 to #8279 - thechosentroll
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Not worse than it actually is.
#8281 to #8280 - thechosentroll
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Wait, since when do we have flags?
#8282 to #8281 - jaevel
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Since now, it seems.

Anyway, why are you mad about it?
#8283 to #8282 - thechosentroll
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(07/31/2016) [-]
Not particularly mad, just sort of confused. Normally, when they're doing a character origins thing, they avoid tying major characters like Iron Man to a certain country. They either make one up, like Latveria, or just use some really tiny and obscure one that people will think is made up, like Liberia.
#8261 - feelythefeel
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(07/25/2016) [-]
So I'm working on an idea for a new novel. It's pretty much a soft apocalypse (No nukes or zombies or aliens or anything, society just gradually collapses), but 300 or so years later. There's a bunch of different nations and factions (Like Unitary Cascadia, Social Marxist Deseret, the Mid-West Horse Lords, etc), but the book will be based in New Albion, an Arthurian kingdom in the American north-east. The good king has died, and a boy king inherits the throne. All of the royal uncles gather hosts and declare for themselves save the new king's heir, who tasks himself with keeping the realm together so he can inherit it legitimately.

What do you think?
#8274 to #8261 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/28/2016) [-]
Careful with your place names. I can't tell if you actually meant that, but nobody calls their country "Horse-lords" of anything. Mid-west Khanate would work, or maybe the Midwestern Horde. The same would probably go for "Social-Marxist". I hate the phrase show don't tell, but in this case, a little subtlety would serve you well. Also, if you're doing this, do a favour to a history buff and stick a serene republic in there.
#8276 to #8274 - feelythefeel
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(07/30/2016) [-]
I wasn't going to refer to it as "the Horse-Lords", just the people who live there. And it would make sense for modern reactionary monarchists to refer to communists as social Marxists. I was thinking of having a scene where the main character looks at a map. Other than that the novel would be relatively localized to the main setting.
#8288 to #8276 - dasistwunderbar
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(08/05/2016) [-]
I just remembered as well that there's a mod for crusader kings 2 called after the end that has the same concept. I'm not saying play it, but the nations and ideas would trade across pretty durn well into your thing. There's a religion called 'rust cultists', where they worship mechanical things left behind, and the 'Occcultists' of the north-west that revere the writings of Stephen King and Lovecraft.
#8264 to #8261 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/26/2016) [-]
Sounds interesting. I had a similar idea for distant post-apocalypse.
#8256 - bubblylover
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(07/23/2016) [-]
Any reccomendations for creepy pastas, short stories, or mangas/graphic novels?
#8295 to #8256 - ljxjlos
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(08/08/2016) [-]
Lovecraft has shitloads of creepy Horrorstories, that´s basically his thing and there are lots and lots of authors, good and bad, writing in his style or trying to so there´s much to find.

Creepy Pastas are legion, but most Skinwalker-Stuff is great - just search it on FJ, there was a guy doing shitloads of creepy-pasta-comps a while ago.
#8259 to #8256 - deathbyapplepie
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(07/24/2016) [-]
Locke and key by Joe Hill.

Horror, college life, feels, supernatural, cool superpowers.
#8260 to #8259 - bubblylover
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(07/24/2016) [-]
Thank you!
#8257 to #8256 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/24/2016) [-]
scp wiki is great for creepy pasta. My favorite manga ever is Mahou Sensei Negima, but I know a lot of people don't like it. It starts off pure harem, but turns to more action later.
#8258 to #8257 - bubblylover
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(07/24/2016) [-]
Thank you!
#8254 - thumbfortrump
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(07/22/2016) [-]
News-paper readers:

Can any eurobros recommend a European news paper of good quality? Only requirement is that it's in English or French, and that's it not too biased. Preferably paper-version, but website is also acceptable. Currently getting Le Monde, so that's a no-go.
#8255 to #8254 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/23/2016) [-]
The guardian or the telegraph are normally considered the best in England. We also have various trashy tabloids of the Sun, the Mirror, the Star etc.
#8252 - comandante
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(07/22/2016) [-]
any books able to explain to me political concepts such as socialism, marxism, capitalism, and the like?
#8253 to #8252 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/22/2016) [-]
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. There are a lot of very profound ideas in there that go way beyond whatever you learned in history or government.
#8249 - theantisocial
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(07/18/2016) [-]
Can anybody recommend a good fantasy or sci-fi book? Whenever I pick up random stuff from the library that sounds good they end up being pretty shit.
#8251 to #8249 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/19/2016) [-]
Patrick Rothfuss is a safe bet too. I just read The Name of the Wind after intense peer pressure and it was genuinely excellent.
#8290 to #8251 - pewtersprite
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(08/06/2016) [-]
I second Rothfuss as a very worthy read.
Also consider Robin Hobb's Farseer series, top notch stuff!
#8250 to #8249 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/18/2016) [-]
read everything by Brandon Sanderson. He hasn't let me down yet.
#8246 - gingershavetrolls
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(07/10/2016) [-]
Hello FJ Book Community,

Forst time posting on here.

I am looking for a book. Upon looking online, I have seen ridiculous prices for it that I simply cannot afford.

So I am asking if anybody knows if it is possible to torrent or download a book online...

I would greatly appreciate the help.

Thanks.
#8292 to #8246 - mondominiman ONLINE
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(08/07/2016) [-]
See if you have a town library if you prefer physical copies. I got a new card about a month ago l, haven't had one in more than a decade seems like it
#8247 to #8246 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/10/2016) [-]
use overdrive. Free online library.
or try this site if you don't have a library card: www.freebookspot.es/
#8135 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
This is something I recently wanted to do. And I'm going to try write articles that sound like they could be real but are very tragic.
Headlines: MAN SUFFERING FROM AUTISM FREED FROM CHARGES OF MURDER
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It was a normal day for Sarah Massey and her son Jonathan. Jonathan had been staying at Sarah's house for the week. They were going to watch a movie together as they always do and they had hired frozen, a light hearted Disney movie, to watch this weekend. But then something unexpected happened. Jonathan came home with a shocked expression on his face and kept repeating to himself "I've brokened her" under his breath. Sarah tried to calm him down.
"I didn't know what to expect judging by his behaviour. I've never seen him act like this and we've always had a very close relationship."
She asked "who?" and he kept on saying the same same thing and pointing out to the street. She went out and saw a woman lying on the pavement and called 911. It was already too late. The woman was dead.
"Jonathan will probably never be the same again. All he does now is sit in his room and occasionally bawl his eyes out. My theory is that they ran into eachother, he dropped the snacks and she started to pick it up. Jonny panicked and thought she was stealing or trying to hurt him or something and ended up strangling her in self defence and accidentally killed her. He's a good boy - can we end this interview?" Sarah said all the while almost breaking up.

This is a tragic story indeed and there's not much to say about it, but that we need to be less judgemental of those with mental problems. Jonathan currently faces no charges because he was deemed not to be able to actually be responsible for his own actions.
#8244 to #8135 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/08/2016) [-]
Maybe try studying how newspaper articles are written. No article would begin "It was a normal day". This sounds more like a narrative than a report. Also, most articles would not include a verbatim interview; most of the time they include a small quote and a description of the conversation. For a headline article, you should keep in mind that most are very long. If the actual news is not a long enough story, they supplement it with related incidents and witness reports. Most would say something about the victim.

Keep trying!
#8245 to #8244 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/08/2016) [-]
Thanks for the input. Legit.
#8136 to #8135 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Stick to the poetry, prose isn't for you. More specifically, this reads like some alternate universe where creepypasta has been replaced by sadpasta. It's not great, and certainly not written like any type of article.
#8193 to #8136 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
But to entertain your trolling, how about this
A (somewhat boring) poem I made yesterday

For by your command, my Lord
I shall live well
Not by the gun, not by the sword
I shall stray far from hell
Creation and cremation
It is a mere continuum
Of existence
May I never cease, but always be, never take for granted
May I hear the bees, enjoy the fruit from the tree I planted
Until the day I die
And in heaven, with allah
I promise I will not cry

One of my friends is Muslim, it was his birthday and eid at the same time so I made that one
#8197 to #8193 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
No trolling here bud, it's just nice to have a proper agument. This board's a bit dead for that kind of thing, and you're just such a cock. How did your friend like his poem?
#8198 to #8197 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm a cock? M8, you're insulting my honour in attempts to make me angry.
#8200 to #8198 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I have no opinions about your honour, but you're a cock. You can say the same about me if it helps you. I mean, I thought goatfucker would have triggered this.
#8201 to #8200 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm not being a cock. You are. It's not working but it's the typical trolling strategy of trying to make someone ashamed.

Hey, I don't give a shit about what you call me. I've had people call me mentally/physically inferior or say that I should be put to death.
#8203 to #8201 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I appreciate that I'm getting to you, but I urge you to maybe look inwards instead of looking at me. I'm undoubtedly a cock, but it takes two to tango. And anyway, look beyond such petty gripes and realise that between us we've posted more on this board than the collected postings of like two years.
#8204 to #8203 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Introspection is my thing. I'm good.
That's funny, because a while ago you told me not to become negative and to be more positive despite all the people in my vicinity being assholes. What changed?

And aren't you Christian?
#8205 to #8204 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
It's impressive and intimidating that you're netting my post history, but yes I am. If you want to make this conversation even more cancerous, i can go get my bible and we can talk religion. Otherwise, tell me about some of those assholes.
#8207 to #8205 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
?*
#8206 to #8205 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
It's laughable and sad at the same time that you think you're important for me to search through your posts. It's also strange that you managed to miss half my comment or something.

Which assholes!
#8208 to #8206 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Ehh, I guess the ones in your vicinity? Did I miss something here? I was trying to guide you off the topic of your own self-importance, but if you like I can go back to goading you. *ahem Your dad is big pooface
#8210 to #8208 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Also my dad raped me as a child so I definitely agree.
#8211 to #8210 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Hot damn son, we're getting real faster than I intended here. It's a fairly cockish thing to share that kind of information unprompted on a books image-board. Also, have we spoken beofre, or did you pull that Christian thing straight from your bumhole?
#8213 to #8211 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Also I presume most people get molested at a young age. That's what people tell me anyway so why would it be that big of a deal for me to say it?
#8215 to #8213 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
It's very much not a 'most people' kind of thing, and even if it was, you wouldn't mention it unless you thought it was a big deal. I'm sorry your life got messed up, but it's no way to win an argument about poetry.
#8217 to #8215 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
It's a big deal but everybody goes through it is what I meant.

What do you mean? Am I an isolated case or something?
#8219 to #8217 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm sure that your area sees its fair share of kiddy perverts, but it's not exactly an everyday occurence.
#8221 to #8219 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
No they told me that everywhere across the earth such things happen and as a consequence you get these homicidal thoughts as everybody else also has.
#8212 to #8211 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Well, you said something, I responded.
I repeat: do you have reading comprehension issues? Read my comment again.
"A while ago you told me"
#8214 to #8212 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Oh I'm sorry, I thought you were referring to my 'don't validate your happiness' comment. When did we speak?
#8216 to #8214 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I don't remember that.
Fuck if I know, I just never forget an avvy/a name.
#8218 to #8216 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
And my religious preferences apparently. Remember me to trawl through my comments to find this, because now I'm curious.
#8220 to #8218 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I've probably deleted that account which means the comment is gone. You also had some kind of relationship issues I think but that's as far as I can go.

Hehe. I can do this with about 50 people on this site and another 100 irl. People say I have some kind of photographic memory.
#8242 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Apparently not. I value sleep more than your concept of honour anyway. I'll see you next time you shit you poetry on my board. Night-night.
#8243 to #8242 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Tomorrow we will continue the discussion and you will tell me
#8240 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Now that's a tired response. I'll let you go on this one, since we both seem to have run out of enthusiasm.
#8241 to #8240 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Meh. That's dishonour you know? Don't you care about your honour?
#8237 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'll refer you to coldsteel again, but basically someone who says unpleasant things to garner attention.
#8239 to #8237 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
So in which way could the whole molestation business become a problem
#8238 to #8237 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Whatever you need to say to sleep at night.
#8235 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Lemme get some of that sweet translation again you beautiful edgelord.
#8236 to #8235 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
LaIllaha IllAllah.

Also what is an edgelord?
#8233 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Yeah sure if it means you ask him the other thing too. Because that's gonna be a dangerous thing to carry with you into adulthood.
#8234 to #8233 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm probably gonna become a black widow for Allah in Russia so that shit doesn't matter even if you were right.

ЛаИллаха ИллАллах!
#8231 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
That's an issue for your therapist man, but for real ask them about that next time you see them. Also, do you think I could get a translation on that last part? I don't speak moonrunes.
#8232 to #8231 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
yeah and I need to ask him if everybody shits too? Pffff.. Stop playing stupid.

Honour or Death in Chechnyan
#8228 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Oh, oh! We have our projection! Somebody who got molested projecting their molestation issues onto me! It's so nice when things work out like this. To be real, I'm not trying to shame you. I've said it before, you should never have to validate your hapiness by another's opinions, and even if I was trying to shame you, no-one else is reading this. How ya gonna be ashamed when no-one else knows.
#8230 to #8228 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Ёжалла я Маршо
#8229 to #8228 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Yeah yeah blah blah not everybody got molested yeah sure.. Don't be stupid. I know you're trying to fool me.

It doesn't fucking matter. Ёжалла ч Маршо
#8226 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm gonna be real with you here lad, that's just called memory. Like, your bog-standard memory. Also, I'm curious as to what these relationship issues might be. Do you remember?
#8227 to #8226 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
It's not, because you don't know of the other things.

You're desperately looking for ways to shame me. Possibly because of your molestation issue, and your anger manifested itself this way. I dunno. Works differently for everybody they told me
#8223 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Also, a photographic memory would remember our conversation.
#8225 to #8223 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
How's the reading comprehension?
#8222 to #8220 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Ah, see the cockness is coming into play again.

Acceptable: I remember it, but I'm pretty sure I deleted that account. I've had a bunch of them, so it's like this with a lot of people

Cock: Yo for real I was gonna put something hyperbolic in here but I couldn't think of aything more cocky than yours
#8224 to #8222 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I didn't say I say have any kind of photographic memory and definitely not for this issue alone.

But other people say it because of other abilities of mine. It's not photographic memory, I know that, but I can retell certain Facts about people or whatever without repeating them to myself after I learned them.
#8209 to #8208 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Do you have reading comprehension problems?
#8162 to #8136 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
See, when you're giving criticism you're supposed to be accurate and knowledgable. In this situation, you're neither. You should never attempt criticising poetry again because you don't grasp it at all.

Poetry doesn't need to conform to what you think and nobody said anything about the type of poetry I make being unpopular. I've only seen evidence to the contrary too. I'm really curious about what you're thinking of when I mention this.
#8164 to #8162 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I thought this wasn't poetry? I very much do know my prose. And I'm not saying your poetry in particular is unpopular. I'm saying all poetry is unpopoular written in the last 20 years.
#8167 to #8164 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Well to be honest I don't give a shit about what people write in general. I think about this in other art forms. People say this and that isn't art, but to me, art is something that takes a modicum of skill to do and still tugs at your heartstrings one way or the other.

My personal favourite kind of art is art that makes you feel uncomfortable. Uncanny stuff mostly. Videos, poetry, music and movies mostly.
#8169 to #8167 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Good for you mate, never feel you have to verify your happiness by other people's opinoins. That said, here's some opinions. I totally agree with you on that art front. Your stuff is art, but it's shitty art. Also if I'm allowed to get you back on that 'wrong generation' dig, I'll point out that your interests line up pretty well with Shadow the hedgehog's.
#8170 to #8169 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Well if it's a person who knows what he's talking about it hurts. But when it's a person like you it doesn't matter.
#8171 to #8170 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
So what you're saying is it's nothing personnel.
#8172 to #8171 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Personal*
#8174 to #8172 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm sorry, you missed the meme there. I was comparing you to coldsteel the hedgeheg.
#8176 to #8174 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
What on earth are you on about?
#8177 to #8176 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
The way you said you only like unpleasant things reminded me of your boy Colsteel up there. I assumed you'd know what I was on about.
#8178 to #8177 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I never said that

And what the fuck is a cold steel

Are you ok?
#8179 to #8178 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I mean I'll post it again if you want.
#8180 to #8179 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Post what?
#8181 to #8180 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Can you not see these images? Has your eastern bloc country censored them for public morals?
#8182 to #8181 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
You're not making any sense at all.

What's a bloc?
#8184 to #8182 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'd have thought a gifted English student like you would know that one.
#8186 to #8184 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'd thought a person who reads a lot would have good enough memory to remember that I never studied English.
#8199 to #8186 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I suppose that makes sense. Your grammar's pretty good though, if you've never been taught.
#8191 to #8186 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Ah, see I would have called that teaching yourself. Still very impressive though.
#8195 to #8191 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Teaching myself, I think, would be if I learning grammar and such.
#8187 to #8186 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Really? You told me that you didn't teach it yourself.
#8190 to #8187 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I just learned it passively.
#8161 to #8136 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Ah, personal attacks, nice. Stick to prose.
#8163 to #8161 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
eyyy. That was more about poets in general than you but I'm glad I hit the mark. let me try this in poem form.

There once was a young lad named ipsum
Who to his new crush tried to slip some
On the topic he wrote
Of that poor little goat
When his father heard, he then did whip some.

Not my best, but not bad to say the rhymes I had.
#8165 to #8163 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
That's not anything like what I'm talking about, so you don't understand it then.

You said "your poetry is shit". How is that about poetry in general? Or were you talking about my TYPE of poetry?

And of course I get annoyed. I'm an expert at things like these.
#8166 to #8165 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Oh no, your poetry was also shit, I just can't speak for its popularity. And I'm bringing this style into play, it's called 'Limericks about people I don't like fucking barnyard animals".
#8168 to #8166 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
That takes no skill though and you have no skill, it also doesn't bring about any emotion.

Well, you know prose not poetry so your opinion on this is irrelevant.
#8173 to #8168 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Hey, I rhymed. I can write in your style too, but it's much easier.

Field of morning dew
Crystallised breath, slotted eyes
seductively chewing grass as I approach
Have my way with her
Kids, kids which kind will it be
I hate my dad
Bring me the Horizon rule.
#8175 to #8173 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
That didn't rhyme at all and it was too inconsistent and nonsensical yet at the same time just blank statements. Nothing like my poetry. Again, you don't need to be angry that you don't understand this, everybody has something they don't know. Maybe study this style a bit more and you can become as good as me.
#8183 to #8175 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Lemme fetch some of your poetry eh, if we're doing this we can do it right.

Empty me of fluids of flesh
Transform me
Rip apart my sickly, broken body
Let my soul run free

Hot damn. Put that to music and you've got the next emo big hit. Oh wait no, songs need to have a structure.
#8185 to #8183 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Again, displaying your ignorance.

Don't project. Not everybody can be as skilled as me when it comes to poetry.
#8188 to #8185 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Project?
#8189 to #8188 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
You criticised me for not knowing about "bloc", then you don't know about the psychological phenomenon of projection?
#8192 to #8189 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm aware of the concept, I just don't understand how it applies here.
#8194 to #8192 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
You feel inferior in terms of poetry and feel the need to attack more superior wordsmiths. It's ok though.
#8196 to #8194 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Ah, see an inferior wordsmith like myself wouldn't catch that, but someone who's studied psychology might know that that's not what projection is. Projection is when you 'project' your opinions on another as a form of catharsis. For example, a villain might criticise a hero's sense of morality because he is terrified that he has strayed to evil.
#8202 to #8196 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
But that's wrong
#8138 to #8136 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
This is the first time I did something like it after all
What's prose?
#8139 to #8138 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Basically not poetry.
#8140 to #8139 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Well no. I'm not gonna stick to only poetry.
#8141 to #8140 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
God no, that's an awful idea. I've long held the belief that the number of people reading poetry is exactly the same as the number of people writing poetry. You might want to get some serious practice in on the prose though. You can get away with sloppy structure in poetry, but it's a real titty-twister to get right in fluid prose.
#8142 to #8141 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
It's all good man, I'm trying my hand at a little this and a little that in life.
#8143 to #8142 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
You do you, but it'll take some effort to get good at it. Luckily for you, there's a bunch of saps on the internet who'll read it and tell you why you suck.
#8144 to #8143 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Well yeah as with most worthwhile things.

My main goals in life are to become a polymath and a polyglot. I've got a few things going right now and I'm looking to expand my knowledge and skills.

But you gotta admit it's a pretty good article, keeping in mind that I learned English solely by intuition?
#8145 to #8144 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
No, I don't. I think it's very impressive that you taught yourself English, and the piece is, at a glance, in perfect English. But it's dreck. Congratulations on your linguistics, but you can't write yet.
#8146 to #8145 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I didn't teach myself English, I just learned it.

But alright dude.

Write prose you mean? Don't my poems sound good?
#8147 to #8146 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'm not a good judge of poetry, mostly because I dislike the form. They're probably okay. And absolutely write prose. Keep at it, because it's the only way to get sort of good.
#8148 to #8147 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Probably okay?.. Well, if you don't know poetry then.
#8149 to #8148 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Lemme qualify that statement. I know Romantic poetry. I know classic poetry. I don't know modern poetry, and it scares and confuses me.
#8150 to #8149 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Positive poetry normally sucks. Only poems I can think of that are positive and still good are love poems
#8151 to #8150 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I'll fight you. Love poetry's a beautiful sub-section, but negative poetry is just an excuse for angsty teenagers to throw away a sensible rhyme scheme and use the word pain eighteen times a stanza.
#8154 to #8151 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
It's incredibly hard to touch someone with happy poetry.
#8153 to #8151 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Nah. Poetry is just an outlet for pure despair, a way to reach into a persons soul and twist it around.

Happy poetry is incredibly drab.
#8155 to #8153 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Pure despair? Poetry should be beautiful, not an excuse to vomit your petty gripes onto clean paper. I've got no problem in theory with poems about your dad whipping you, but they're always ugly and misshapen. 'Negative' poetry should make us properly empathetic, not just mildly disgusted.
#8157 to #8155 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
And no mildly disgusted isn't the goal, if you're aiming for disgust - gut wrenching nausea is what I'm looking for then.
#8160 to #8157 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
I appreciate that you were the one to break out the nasty words, because i've been chomping at the bit for some time. The problem is not mine, because I'm very much free to go and read poetry with value and beauty. I'm not limiting myself to old poetry here either, there's plenty written today that I find compelling and heartachingly beautiful. The problem is that a Czechoslovakian youth living and operating out of his stepdad's coal shed does not find in the modern market a receptive audience for his poorly written, badly metered, limping sorry lame-ass excuse for a monologue on the benefits of fucking goats. Therefore, it is very much his problem, because when the winter comes, he will eat coal to survive and congratulate himself on his artistic integrity. There will always be unpopular art, and that is because it is shit. Not misunderstood, not ahead of its time. It is shit. Your poetry is shit.
#8158 to #8157 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
But that's just it. Let's look at the 18th century, when poetry was beautiful and Romantic with a capital R. When men like Byron and Keats were megastars. Now let's look at modern poetry, and the fact that it's ugly and nauseating and that it's not widely read and poets are considered wastes of oxygen. Poetry's only value is to be beautiful, because that's the only value of any art.
#8159 to #8158 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
Honesty, no offense, but that's fucking retarded and very much "DAE LE WRONG GENERATION??!!11".

'Negative' poetry IS beautiful. If you don't understand that it's your problem, not the poets.
#8156 to #8155 - cognosceteipsum
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(07/07/2016) [-]
You weren't wrong when you said you don't understand modern poetry. But that's ok. We all have our different skills and interests.
#8134 - dickticklerluv
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(07/07/2016) [-]
hey guys, any books you recommend having to do with post-apocalypse?

and not your basic type having to do with zombies, monsters, dystopian societies, and crappy romance shit. But please include one with good character development and a realistic view of the world after the apocalypse.

Im looking at The Road by McCarthy but anyone got something maybe not as gruesome? I have a hard time stomaching cannibals
#8248 to #8134 - tormain
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(07/15/2016) [-]
The Broken Empire
The Red Queen' s War (follow up series to The Broken Empire)
The Shannara Chronicles
#8133 - reginleif
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(07/06/2016) [-]
fuck reading tbh fam. :/
#8132 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/04/2016) [-]
I recently dug up an old exercise I once did, trying to write a short story only using dialogue. It's not very good, and it's very short, but tell me what you think.
drive.google.com/file/d/0B-ifyti6cDu3THZrMHNxcFNkZTA/view
#8137 to #8132 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/07/2016) [-]
In case you feel left out, we can't read it like this. You need to get a sharing link, not just the url.
#8152 to #8137 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/07/2016) [-]
drive.google.com/open?id=0B-ifyti6cDu3THZrMHNxcFNkZTA

Sorry about that. I almost never use Google Drive.
#8125 - hirollin
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(07/04/2016) [-]
comicexplain ever read the boys? gotta say. a bit disappointed.
#8126 to #8125 - comicexplain
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(07/04/2016) [-]
It's meant to be the lovechild of Preacher! It's a pretty decent series.
#8127 to #8126 - hirollin
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(07/04/2016) [-]
I never read Preacher. Probably why I didn't apreciate it haha.
#8124 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/02/2016) [-]
I feel like this board could do to be a little less dead, so if anyone's got any writing they'd like to share or get a critique on, drop it here and i'll fire up the snarky cynicism.
#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?
#8121 to #8104 - unikornking ONLINE
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(07/01/2016) [-]
The elf thing is very accurate to the Witcher books as well, and all were written in the 90's I believe
#8119 to #8104 - classlessfaggot
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(06/30/2016) [-]
Me, working on an idea for a comic book character, because I'm stupidly obsessed with graphic novels: how about a hero threat l that can regenerate their body with heat and flame? Sorta like a Phoenix?

Other person: have you seen Iron Man 3?

Me: no... why?

Apparently something similar happened a villain or something
#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
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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".
#8120 to #8100 - dasistwunderbar
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(06/30/2016) [-]
How the fuck did I miss this post. Short answer:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Those were just off the top of my head books I think everyone should read. There is no definitive list, and if there was, it'd be longer than any book on it.
#8128 to #8120 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/04/2016) [-]
I hated The Great Gatsby. I'm sorry, but it just really did not engage me at all, and I felt like the whole thing was just sort of a giant anti-climax. American Gods is a good book all in all, but my problem with it is the main character. He is REALLY bland. He doesn't really do anything until the very end, and he has no personality or depth. I feel like the fact that his name is "Shadow" is very fitting for this reason, but it doesn't lend itself to good storytelling. Other than that, good list.
#8131 to #8128 - dasistwunderbar
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(07/04/2016) [-]
Anti-climax was part of the genius of Gatsby! It's all about the hollowness of America, and that feeling of petering out is all part of that. I'll admit that as a traditional story, it's a let down, but if you get a bit cerebral with it, it's a fine book.
#8122 to #8120 - kecyd
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(07/02/2016) [-]
thx man and i have to start somewhere right
#8118 to #8100 - thesunpraiser
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(06/29/2016) [-]
I wouldn't call it a must, but I absolutely adore the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. Definitely look into it.
#8123 to #8118 - kecyd
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(07/02/2016) [-]
thx for the tip
#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
#8129 to #8116 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/04/2016) [-]
Read everything by Brandon Sanderson. His work is amazing, and with the exception of his Alcatraz series, I've loved everything I've read by him. I noticed someone else recommended the Stormlight Archive, but the thing is that that should really be read last, since it ties in a lot of things from throughout his universe.
#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
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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.
#8130 to #8086 - ukobarrywewa
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(07/04/2016) [-]
I did not read the whole thing, but your style is very interesting. It almost reads like someone telling the story, instead of just BEING a story. Think about books you have read and see how those authors make the story flow. Your dialogue also sounds very stiff, and it really doesn't seem like how real people would talk.
Also, being a professional editor, I can tell you that you NEED editorial work. A lot of people feel that a piece of writing is their baby, and I can sympathize with that feeling, but sometimes you need to let someone throw ideas at you. To be honest, where you are now in terms of your ability is probably not going to land you in with a publishing company (and therefore an author), but I see that you have real potential. Certainly, your storytelling and worldbuilding are fantastic.
If you want to improve your writing, maybe listen to this podcast, I know it's helped me out a lot through the years:
www.writingexcuses.com/
#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
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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?