The recent fandom around villains lately has been huge. The YouTube channel “How It Should Have Ended” has had the Super Hero Cafe for a while now, but recently has added the Villain Pub. There is an obvious desire to see more of these villains then we already do. At the same time not all villains rise to this level of fervor and obsession. So what makes us fall in love with a villain?
There are a lot of villains in movies, books, video games, and more, but what distinguishes some from the others. There are villains that are still good villains. They progress the story forward, they thwart the hero, but more than simply stating I am the bad guy with no more too them. At the same time there are certain things that the villains who we love have that the others do not. There motivation, character depth, and mystique all have that little something extra. First, let’s look at what makes a generally good villain and why they might not get the same sort of attention. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Comics, Movies, Video Games
Tagged Batman, Beloved villain, character depth, character motivation, Joker, Loki, Magneto, Mystique, Sauron, The Lord of the Rings, X-Men
Last week I wrote a post recommending that you play, or complete, the Final Fantasy XIII games. Next week, Final Fantasy XIII-3: Lightning Returns comes out; Holly reviewed the Demo for that, which gave a lot of insight into the plot, and also the gameplay, of what is one of our most anticipated games of the year.
I’ve been finishing up side quests and Paradox Endings, getting ready for Lightning Returns!
That makes this week the right time, I feel, for a nice, spoilery, Time-Travel post about this game, right? Except, this game is two years old now… and the blog is one year old… meaning yeah, we’ve definitely already written that post. Holly actually did a really great explanation of the time travel in Final Fantasy XIII-2 last year. So many great elements – paradoxes, competing timelines, paradox endings, prophecies… good stuff. But she has that covered.
So instead, let’s take that time travel into a philosophical place. The statement from the game is: if you change the future, you change the past. First, I’ll look at what this means in the game or in general as a statement, and then, let’s carry it into the future. It also ties into another concept from the game: the idea of the “True Timeline,” which is effectively, the one that exists before time travel tampering. Or is it the one with the best outcome? Let’s consider these questions, and our own world!
Posted in Science Fiction and Religion, Time Travel, Video Games
Tagged Alternate Realities, Alternate Timeline, Caius Ballad, Doctor Who, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy XIII-3, Lightning, Lightning Returns, Looper, Noel, Paradoxes, Prophecy, Serah, True Timeline, Yeul
There was a great article on iO9 talking about entry level science fiction and fantasy books. They got a lot of people to give their ideas for great books to introduce someone to science fiction and / or fantasy. I felt bad because there were a lot of books that I had actually never read. At the same time there were a good number that I had read. It was definitely an interesting list of a wide variety of books. The ideas came from authors, publishers, and more, but here are a few books that I think are a great introduction to science fiction and fantasy.
Some of the idea is that science fiction and fantasy can sometimes be so epic and many of the books are such small parts of a larger whole it can be difficult to want to enter in to a potentially large commitment. The books that I think would work well either are single stories or stand on their own enough that they do not further books to get the whole story. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Geek 501
Tagged Ender's Game, Fahrenheit 451, Good Omens, Lois Lowry, Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Pattern Recognition, Ray Bradbury, Terry Pratchett, The Giver, William Gibson
We have an on-again off-again relationship with trailers here at Comparative Geeks. One of our earliest ideas on the blog was what we called Trailer Watch – new trailers and our thoughts. However, these posts don’t seem to get much traction. That, or we can’t tell if you like the posts – given we can’t tell if you watch an embedded video!
And then trailers did a lot to mess with us or make us angry last year – which I talked about some here. Especially movies like Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness did a lot with their trailers and their hype engine – the former to great success, and the latter, not so much. So the world of trailers is shifting and changing, and there have been some interesting moves lately.
So, onward for a traditional trailer for Game of Thrones, an interesting “behind the scenes” trailer for the animated Lego Movie, a fun fake trailer for an Avengers vs. Justice League movie, and then the recent non-trailer hype move for Days of Future Past. At the end, a question to you about whether I should do more around trailers!
Posted in Movies, Trailer Watch, TV Shows
Tagged A Song of Ice and Fire, Avengers, Days of Future Past, DC, Empire 25, Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, Justice League, Lego Video Games, Marvel, Morgan Freeman, Polls, The Lego Movie, Trailers, X-Men