one of my greatest victories, to this day, was taking a writing class where they endlessly dunked on “genre fiction,” writing a story in their beloved “magical realism” style, and getting a solid positive response from the professor for it

I just really cynically threw in like “yeah, their parents argue, and sad girls in snow, they’ll eat that shit up” and they 100% did

take that, you pretentious dipshits. I can do your style, but I guarantee you couldn’t do a sick-ass chuuni-dipshit tabletop if your life depended on it

“just wallow in sadness for a bit, you fuckers love that shit”

the only good thing about that class is that it introduced me to “The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction,” which I really like but have never quite been able to successfully deploy

(disclaimer: there are good and beautiful stories in this genre, but they aren’t the ones about a dude sitting around and being sad and horny while waiting for a train. fuck that class)

also fuck The Cold Equations, while I’m at it

you can’t make the entire point of your story the rocket science, *then get your rocket science blatantly wrong*

Kamen Rider OOO taught me more about how to write than any classroom I’ve ever sat in

@gardevoir See I'm fond of saying that The Cold Equations is a Second-Order Idiot Plot (a sci-fi society which can only function if every single one of its inhabitants is a complete idiot). Every single operating procedure that led to "teenager gets jettisoned in space" makes no sense whatsoever.

Like I can definitely see bean-counters trying to push "zero margin for error" as a cost-cutting measure, but. They didn't check for stowaways until *after* they'd taken off! They didn't even *lock the door!*

@DizzyHMuffin I actually think I just want to expand it with like one sentence:

“not realizing that too much fuel had already been expended to put both of them into orbit, his choice failed to matter, as he was turned into a pancake during a high-speed lithobraking maneuver on arrival”

@DizzyHMuffin honestly, now that I think about it “someone choosing whether or not to sacrifice someone else, not realizing that both of them are already dead on the rails laid by capitalism” is itself a much stronger story

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