E. If you could live and be healthy without sleeping or eating/drinking, which would you cut out of your life? Sleeping! Because, hell, I don’t do it enough already, it’d be great if my body could catch up. But an extra six to eight hours a day for books and writing and video games and spending time with people I love? Hell yes.
Z. Can you understand the mindset and logic used by the opposite spiritual opinion? An atheist understanding the belief in a higher power and vice versa. Oh, yeah, I absolutely can. I mean, part of that is because I’m still not really sure where I sit on the fence right now, but I can understand the reasoning behind either line.
K. Have you ever watched a full length pornographic movie? I have. I watched the Pirates one that came out a few years ago. The plot wasn’t very good, but I kind of love costumes in porn.
W. The men’s rights movement, legitimate cause or laughable, and why? Neither, because it’s not laughable, it’s just pathetic and stupid. I hate that “Oh no I’m so fucking oppressed because I’m a guy” bullshit.
A. If you could get away with one murder in your lifetime without any legal, social, or emotional repercussions, would you kill someone? Yeah. There are people out there that the world would be better off without.
M. If you could have the ability to manipulate matter or energy, which would you choose? Energy. Yes, energy, there are fun things that could be done there, I imagine.
S. Would you rather be the only person in the world that can read minds or have everyone else in the world be able to read minds except for your own? I would rather be able to read minds. Because knowledge can be useful, and also if I was the only person people couldn’t read, they’d get all paranoid and suspicious of me.
O. Would you rather spend one year with your one true love just to never see them again or the rest of your life with second best? Rest of my life with my second best. Because a lifetime of knowing what I’d lost? That’d be torturous.
U. If you were old enough and not in a situation where it would be inappropriate, would you sleep with one of your (past) school teachers/professors? Oh, absolutely. I had an English professor a couple years ago who I had a huge crush on. She was adorable, really enthusiastic about books, and about ten years older than me. If it was a situation where we both were single, totally.
X. You can eliminate one of your five senses to substantially strengthen the others, which one and would you do it? Hmm. Smell, I guess, even though I know it’s going to screw with taste. But I can’t lose sight (books and the faces of people I love), hearing (music), taste (food), or touch (safety reasons) so that leaves smell. I probably wouldn’t do it, though.
A. If you could get away with one murder in your lifetime without any legal, social, or emotional repercussions, would you kill someone?
B. What is your first thought when you receive a message on Tumblr, are you excited for the idea of someone from potentially the other side of the world wanting to talk to you or fearful that someone will criticize you?
C. Have you ever looked down on someone because you thought your religious views were superior?
D. Would you rather know everything the universe has to offer but in exchange lose all emotions or remain the way you are now?
E. If you could live and be healthy without sleeping or eating/drinking, which would you cut out of your life?
F. If you could take on the exact body and form of anyone else on Earth, who would it be?
G. Would you rather burn or freeze to death?
H. If it meant it would solve all world hunger, war, disease and bigotry, would you spend the rest of eternity in Hell?
I. Was the first crush in your life something you had or something someone had on you?
J. Could you live without having sex ever (again) in exchange for eternal youth?
K. Have you ever watched a full length pornographic movie?
L. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
M. If you could have the ability to manipulate matter or energy, which would you choose?
N. What was the worst nightmare you ever had?
O. Would you rather spend one year with your one true love just to never see them again or the rest of your life with second best?
P. All the sequels/remakes/adaptations/rip-offs in movies nowadays, good or bad?
Q. Would you rather be dirt poor and emotionally fulfilled in life or be rich beyond imagination and emotionally dissatisfied for life?
R. Do you have any (secret) feelings of bigotry to any group of people?
S. Would you rather be the only person in the world that can read minds or have everyone else in the world be able to read minds except for your own?
T. If everyone in the world would automatically only know one language, which language would you choose?
U. If you were old enough and not in a situation where it would be inappropriate, would you sleep with one of your (past) school teachers/professors?
V. A world without religion, good, bad, neutral?
W. The men's rights movement, legitimate cause or laughable, and why?
X. You can eliminate one of your five senses to substantially strengthen the others, which one and would you do it?
Y. Do looks mean anything to you? Don't lie, could you fall in love with someone you thought was ugly?
Z. Can you understand the mindset and logic used by the opposite spiritual opinion? An atheist understanding the belief in a higher power and vice versa.
I find that BioWare, like many writers in this progressive age, fall into the trap of being TOO equal. They go too far to make sure everything is fair in their writing. It’s actually a form of political correctness. They want everything and everyone to be on a level playing-field so that nobody is offended. This is how we get things like all the characters in Dragon Age II being bisexual.
But this is a problem in writing, especially in fantasy. Not everything should be fair and equal like this. It isn’t how it is in real life, and why should it be in fiction? This is why Game of Thrones excels. It isn’t afraid to offend. To put you out of your comfort-zone. That’s what good fantasy writing should be. Good-creepy, bad-creepy, it makes no difference. The difference is in good writing and bad writing, and lately, BioWare has been preferring to dabble in bad writing.
you know, this is an issue that i’ve struggled with while discussing it with my family, and i think seeing it put in these terms crystallizes why it’s so frustrating to me.
the key phrase here is comfort zone. do you know what our cultural comfort zone is? it’s the status quo. it’s the white, straight, cis, male default we’re constantly given. it’s normal. it’s something you’ve set up in this post as dwindling creativity, unfettered by political correctness, as though our lives and our stories are ruled by political correctness (they’re not) or as though a story will lose its integrity through inclusion (it won’t). that mindset is absolutely nothing new and, coincidentally, it’s absolutely nothing outside of our pre-established comfort zone.
it’s what we recognize. it’s what we assume.
dragon age is a fantasy franchise. we stretch limits of our beliefs when we turn on that game. we observe the truths of our own society as reflected through the struggles of mages and templars, city elves and dalish elves, the flaws and the greatness of the individual characters. this is not a series that is by any means too politically correct. i only need the fingers of one hand to list the characters of color within the two games, which has a cast of ever so many characters. dragon age only begins to scratch the surface of inclusivity and in a world where dragons are real, where darkspawn roil beneath the surface of the earth, where dwarves come blow to blow with qunari, anything. is. possible. and i’m not going to downplay the efforts the writing team has made and the successes they have. but there is always going to be more to do.
what, exactly, is so terrible about broadening our horizons? we can travel to lands where witches lurk in the wilds, where acts of unimaginable tragedy, heroism and sacrifice are possible, where greatness comes from the smallest of beginnings, where people shoot fire, ice and lightning out of their fingertips…but the second it’s time to be ‘more pc’ (read: more inclusive) we’re compromising the bounds of our imagination? HUH?
the thing is, everybody should be represented equally in a game of fantasy, so that everyone’s fantasy can be represented. not just one familiar fantasy. the ‘normal’ fantasy.
i’d wager that your mindset is far more damaging to good writing than this ‘restrictive’ pc mindset you’ve described.
When did you first realize you were into BDSM? Who is your favorite tumblr blog that you don't interact with often (messages, etc.)? Where was the last place you went on vacation?
The first one is a little difficult to answer. I was raised in a pretty sexually repressed Catholic household. So there were things I was interested in as a teenager that I kind of fought not to think about, and then years later realized they were BDSM related. But I didn’t know that at the time.
Hmm. I love relicts, and I haven’t talked to her in a while. Or sometimes I have to keep myself from reblogging too much from chaoticneutralsugar (NSFW).
I went to Portland for Thanksgiving last week. Before that, I went to southern Utah for a few days.
Morrigan, Sten, when I’m possibly lying through my teeth to someone in order to secure their help, don’t talk about how you hope I’m lying. It’s bad enough that I think Alistair wants to be moral, I don’t need your comedy routine making this harder.
I there, love your tumblr. Quick question: do you own a fedora? And, if so, do you wear it often or does it just hang out in the back of your closet like some shameful secret?
I’ve got a trilby, I generally only wear it for costume-related things. I’ve also got something that vaguely reminds me of the hat Jed Clampett wore- it might be a slouch hat? It’s all beat to crap, but it’s a great hat. Had a roommate randomly give it to me. But I don’t wear hats all that much any more. Which is a change, because I used to wear baseball caps all the time.
“If butch daddies want to crochet, if twinkly ladyboys are sometimes tops in bed, if burly bears can do BDSM play as little girls, if femme fatales build bookcases in their spare time, these things, too, are not just good but great. They bring us, I believe, wonderful news: news that gendered options can continue to explode, that the chefs in the kitchen of gender are creating new and imaginative specials every day. That we, all of us, are the chefs. Hi. Have a whisk.”—
S. Bear Bergman, “The Field Guide to Transmasculine Creatures”