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May. 22nd, 2007

Some interesting articles...

The one linked is titled "Play to Win". The site has some very insightful articles regarding the theory of game design and the psychology of gamers.

Nov. 10th, 2006

杨戬 v 孙悟空 reposts

Yoinked from various online sources. *waves cheerleader flag for 戬哥哥!*

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Oct. 18th, 2006

Sort of rec?

歪批西游 is a series of... well, not JttW fanfiction, but articles/opinion pieces on various characters and parts of the story. There's some humor/satire in it. I dunno how knowledgable is the author, and I don't completely agree with some of the sentiments in the articles, but I thought it was fun to read. ^_^

Jul. 23rd, 2005

JKR interview & my 2 cents on it

The first page isn't intersting, but there are some things I wanted to respond to starting from page 2.

The xover of major muggle and wizard events/wars - OMG, don't even try to put those together. Especially not by someone with only a layman's (or less) understanding of history and politics. I can buy something like that out of, say, Harry Turtledove or Eric Flint, who actually do comprehensive research on the moments in history they open their mouths about. But JKR? Stick to imaginary wand-waving. Please.

Muggle to Wizard population ratio - Well, at least JKR honestly admits that she's hopeless at math. How else do you come up with 40 kids in one grade level (Harry's) and then blurts out 600 for the student population of Hogwarts... yeah. But ~3000 wizards in Britain? With only a tiny portion of even those (see page 3) working for Voldemort. And yet they can be a global threat to the world? And with the pitiful magicks that the Potterverse has shown? Excuse me for being skeptical, to say the least.

The anti-shipping stuff - Okay, this time it's the interviewers being an idiot, and JKR is at least smart enough to be politic to avoid breaking her food bowl. But it brings to mind the fact that these people are utter idiots for not realizing that for any story, once it's published and read, becomes the interpretation of the reader, whatever the reader believes. The writer has no right to the readership's (or a reader's) beliefs on how things should be in the story.

Draco - I'm not touching this one with a 10-foot pole. I'm sure [info]cashew will have something to say about it though. :p

The prophecy - I think this is probably the only worthwhile information given in the interview (it's on page 3). Basically, the prophecy regarding Harry and Voldemort was more of a MacBeth/Oedipus kind of self-perpetuating prophecy than a Tolkein or standard sci-fi/fantasy "it *must* happen this way and the timeline is set" kind of prophecy. That bodes well for fanfics, if nothing else. :p

The rationale for Slytherin House - Regardless there were some actually decent sentiments in Rowling's reply, the sheer condescension of the reply and the tone of the interviewer just... argh! Irritates me, to say the least.

Snape - I know there's oodles of ambiguous clues in the books pointing that Snape's allegiance is still with the side of light. But from a lot of Rowling's responses (as well as her personal dislike of the person she based the character on), it seems that one of the twists in the next book might be that Snape is actually evil. While at this point, I'm not sure I'd care that much about the good side winning, I do think that would be such a cheapening/slaughtering of his character after all this time. It'd be pointless. Meh.

Feb. 25th, 2004

Defense of the elvenking

Err... not quite a fic plug, but I guess you can call this an article plug?

A Case of Mistaken Identity

A very nicely researched defense of the character of one Elvenking Thranduil Oropherion of Greenwood the Great, later called Mirkwood. I like how she uses canon excerpts from The Hobbit and other Tolkien sources to show that Thranduil isn't the villain that most of fanon (the ignorant portion) sees him as. Quite the opposite, in fact.
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Jan. 9th, 2004

More LOTR Stuff

First of all, I think my internet is finally working right now. Wow. That only took like the rest of the day, huh? *rolleyes*

Though ffnet did come back up a couple of hours earlier... and some of the other sites I tried to surf worked okay.

Anyway, I found some interesting reading while I was waiting. Not fics... more like articles or fan-compilations related to LOTR. Some people have a lot of time on their hands... but the stuff is interesting, and some of it might be useful if I ever decide to write a real (serious) LOTR fic.

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