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The longer I am awake, the more I wish I could celebrate that other holiday that’s happening today.
I need to fucking relax, today sucks.
My cousin is one of those people who likes to line his kids up and take posed pictures of all three of them at once.
This has become amusing, because as each one gets older their smiles morph from “YAY! HAPPY!” to “OMG DAD NO NOT AGAIN!”. Only the youngest looks happy in them anymore, the oldest (young teenager) looks like she’s considering literally dying from embarrassment.
So, I found out last night that the root beer cake recipe that I found was serious about the parchment paper in the bottoms of the pans (I didn’t have any, hush), and I got to play the good old icing is both glue and spackle game to put the poor things back together this morning.
You ever have those days where you kind of wish you didn’t have pets?
This was my night last night (each point is a separate incident):
And then I accidentally sat on Spazzy, and I had to feel bad.
ETA: Closing the door is not an option, it doesn’t latch.
not all character development exists to make someone a better person
people turn into assholes, too. They become more manipulative, arrogant, clingy, irritated… complex.
and that’s okay, that’s important.
✧･ﾟ:*✧･ﾟ:* \(◕‿◕✿)/ *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧
I’ll respectfully disagree with you on this, LG!
As you stated in tags, “I don’t want to be around jerks in real life, why would I want to hang out with them in my fantasy worlds?” which is a fair an valid point to make. However, I think it is disingenuous of a story to exist in a world where everyone becomes a better person.
I’m right on board with you on how I also want to see heroes win, and not feel silly about wanting heroes to win. I love Superman stories, i don’t think they’re boring. I get tired of the constant gritty filter that tends to wash over heroes to engender a greater sense of realism.
However, and this is where i disagree, it would be an alternate form of filter to say that all people only get better in the same manner that “gritty filter” makes people only get worse.
I think that drawing into either direction too heavily isn’t a great option. Some people turn into jerks through their reactions and involvements and perspectives on events around their lives, both fictional or real. Some other people decide that being around jerks is lame, because it is lame, and decide to move on without them.
That is where I would find complexity. If a group of characters came up from the same starting point, and went through the same interactions, but character A takes it one way (developed into a jerk) and character B takes it another (developed into a non-jerk), it would make for a fully-rounded and complex story. Some folks are Magnetos, and some folks are Xaviers.
I gotta say, I was really REALLY pleased with my post. Even now, scrolling up and looking at it there, it really makes me laugh.
I know there are other ways to play and folks are welcome to play like that. My main problem is with using the words “development” or “growth” to describe someone becoming more and more of a jackass.
That’s not development. That’s regression.
This isn’t something I really feel that strongly about. I’m primarily just pleased with my use of Grumpy Cat in response to the smiley sparkles of the OP. Although that probably makes me a jerk and negates the point I was trying to make. :D
Developing a picture just revealed what it was, it doesn’t mean that what you saw was going to be pretty. Develop has meanings good, bad, and neutral depending on context. You can develop an illness, for example. Even in fiction, a plot development is just something important happening or changing for good or ill, why not extend that to characters?
Growth can be a euphemism for a tumor, things can grow into destructive forces. A little boy can grow into a monster, just as easily as he can grow into his clothes.
Neither of those words denote only positive things.
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