“How do you kill a vampire?”

Why we shouldn’t use made-up history to excuse real life decisions: The Thermian Argument, (Youtube) Minisode by Folding Ideas. I very much enjoyed this as an exploration of what’s wrong with the argument, “This character’s attitude isn’t problematic because because it’s consistent with their backstory!” (When pointing out problematic elements in fictional stories, some fans…

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Symbols have power

I attended a panel at Arisia a couple of years ago about empathy as a form of extrasensory perception (akin to telepathy or other psychic abilities). I remember being surprised when someone dressed in a PsiCorps cosplay from Babylon 5 walked into the room. I had seen this person around the con earlier, and while…

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Fanfiction Is Original Fiction

I resist the separation between fanfiction and “original” fiction.  There’s no inherent difference from one category to the next.  Some authors choose to write one or the other differently, placing their emphasis and energy on varying aspects of story, setting, or characters.  This is a creative choice made by the creator, not a defining characteristic…

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