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NOBODY TOLD ME LIVE ACTION A GOOD DAY TO BE A DOG IS ALREADY OUT AAAAAAAH
To expand on my status:
A Good Day to be a Dog is a Webtoon by Lee Hey - a very wholesome read that I enjoyed.
Lee Hey also made another Webtoon called See You In My 19th Life afterwards. I enjoyed this story even more and it's one of my favorite comics!

Both of these stories got turned into live action k-dramas which aired this year. I watched almost all of SYIM19L's live action (just got stuck on the final episode because the person I was watching it with hasn't been in the mood to continue it) -- and it was amazing, beautiful, charming, everything I could have hoped for in a live action remake! The remake took some liberties with the story and made changes to the characters, fleshed out the setting more, etc, which I very much enjoyed because I like it when a remake shakes stuff up to better suit a new media. Apart from that, the ending seemed to be completely different, which was fun to watch and scream about ("HEY! THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN IN THE WEBTOON!!") -- and that's the part that made me most excited about the AGDTBAD adaptation because I didn't really like the Webtoon version's ending (although I liked the rest of the comic), so I'm interested to see if they switch up the ending to something I like better.

(I want to point out, the SYIM19L Webtoon had a great ending in my opinion, and I'm interested to see whether the k-drama ending can get close. It's an ending comparison jamboree!)
 

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Some reading for the weekend there. Thanks for the recommendation.
 

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Some reading for the weekend there. Thanks for the recommendation.
If you plan to read both, I'd start with AGDTBAD since that was published first.
 

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I found this random comic book called Adora and the Distance. It had glowing reviews from some of my favorite authors; the foreword described it as a transformative, unforgettable experience (which did make me roll my eyes a bit). If you’ve ever seen or were thinking about reading this book (or have) I’d really like to hear your thoughts on it, because I’m genuinely wondering if my opinions are just my own. I’ll put my thoughts in a spoiler so as to not taint your opinions on the book if you’re thinking about reading it.
It’s bad. Like, bad in the way that reading it genuinely made me angry. It’s a fairly interesting fantasy story about a girl named Adora who has strange dreams and learns that there’s a mysterious force known as the Distance that’s going to destroy her. She decides to find it first and sets off with an adventuring party to do so. They have many adventures along the way… which are rushed through as quickly as possible. For example, on one page they’re in a cave. On the next, they’re looking at a memory puzzle in the cave wall. You don’t see them find this puzzle, or where it is in relation to their previous spot. They’re just suddenly in the room with it. This sort of laziness appears throughout the whole story, making it disjointed and confusing (which you could argue might be intentional, but it still feels super lazy). Oh, and the ending… THE FREAKING ENDING. It’s a “twist ending,” so I’ll nest that within another spoiler. Suffice it to say here: it’s not good.
So, Adora comes all this way. She finally finds the distance and prepares to face it… and then the “big twist:” Adora is a normal girl with autism, and the whole book was her… autistic fantasy world???? The book does not take even remotely enough time to explain it. The whole thing is such a cop-out. Now, lots of other books have done this, like The Eternal Smile and Challenger Deep (both of which I can’t recommend highly enough) but in those books, the twist was rooted in the story from the very beginning; a second read is even more fulfilling because you get the symbolism and see how everything ties together. With Adora, a second read is even more frustrating, because what little symbolism is explained is a massive stretch, and it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot more symbolism than that. And one more thing: the reveal is the end of the book. You don’t even get a conclusion. Like, this is a book that NEIL GAIMAN gave an excellent review to, and it doesn’t even have a proper ending. I genuinely think this book is only popular because it contains characters of different races and a character with autism, but that’s a whole societal firestorm I won’t get into.
Thank you for listening to my ranting. Have a nice day.
 

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I found this random comic book called Adora and the Distance. It had glowing reviews from some of my favorite authors; the foreword described it as a transformative, unforgettable experience (which did make me roll my eyes a bit). If you’ve ever seen or were thinking about reading this book (or have) I’d really like to hear your thoughts on it, because I’m genuinely wondering if my opinions are just my own. I’ll put my thoughts in a spoiler so as to not taint your opinions on the book if you’re thinking about reading it.
It’s bad. Like, bad in the way that reading it genuinely made me angry. It’s a fairly interesting fantasy story about a girl named Adora who has strange dreams and learns that there’s a mysterious force known as the Distance that’s going to destroy her. She decides to find it first and sets off with an adventuring party to do so. They have many adventures along the way… which are rushed through as quickly as possible. For example, on one page they’re in a cave. On the next, they’re looking at a memory puzzle in the cave wall. You don’t see them find this puzzle, or where it is in relation to their previous spot. They’re just suddenly in the room with it. This sort of laziness appears throughout the whole story, making it disjointed and confusing (which you could argue might be intentional, but it still feels super lazy). Oh, and the ending… THE FREAKING ENDING. It’s a “twist ending,” so I’ll nest that within another spoiler. Suffice it to say here: it’s not good.
So, Adora comes all this way. She finally finds the distance and prepares to face it… and then the “big twist:” Adora is a normal girl with autism, and the whole book was her… autistic fantasy world???? The book does not take even remotely enough time to explain it. The whole thing is such a cop-out. Now, lots of other books have done this, like The Eternal Smile and Challenger Deep (both of which I can’t recommend highly enough) but in those books, the twist was rooted in the story from the very beginning; a second read is even more fulfilling because you get the symbolism and see how everything ties together. With Adora, a second read is even more frustrating, because what little symbolism is explained is a massive stretch, and it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot more symbolism than that. And one more thing: the reveal is the end of the book. You don’t even get a conclusion. Like, this is a book that NEIL GAIMAN gave an excellent review to, and it doesn’t even have a proper ending. I genuinely think this book is only popular because it contains characters of different races and a character with autism, but that’s a whole societal firestorm I won’t get into.
Thank you for listening to my ranting. Have a nice day.
Yeah, I roll my eyes whenever media portrays an autistic character. It's usually on the nose and a little patronizing, and is often given more attention by the writer than actual storytelling. It's like it's a badge they slap on a character to get a higher score from NYT.
As someone with Aspergers, I would genuinely rather a well written story than a literary parade about what a special little snowflake I am.
 

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Unbelievable, who would move to Texas for some girl and start immersing himself in Texan culture?

*he said, under his cowboy hat*
Just "some girl"?! I'm revoking your boyfriend privileges. Also, prepare to dye... Your walls red with the books of your enemies.
 

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The song that, if it had been played, wins.

No. Not has been. Had been. That way even if you go back in time, erase the universe, or transcend levels of existence, it still wins.
 

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^ The Song That Never Ends? :arthurwha:
 

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I've been getting a lot of recommended overwatch content lately due to a few new characters. I've more or less sworn off overwatch after... "broken promises", but I'd be lying if I said I don't want to see where it's up to. Still wondering whether or not I give it a shot.

- Decent Lore
- I kinda miss MOBAs
- I don't wanna play LoL
- I like playing Tank characters but I can't do that in single player games because then there's no one healing me while I absorb damage
- New character is a tank, and a character I was anticipating from 5 years ago

- GARBAGE balancing
- GARBAGE matching
- SCRAPPED PvE
- Toxic fanbase
- Tryhards in casual pretending to be competitive
- No one knows how to play healers
- DPS keeps trying to Tank, so why am I even here?
- "new" skins are just recolors
- Battle Pass. Why? I miss lootboxes.
- I don't like talking to strangers over mic
- I just finished playing the HalfLife series and the big shift of game genre is gonna be jarring
- Mcree name change. I know there's drama behind it, but I will never get used to calling him "Cole Cassidy".
- Characters are getting lazy. Events are getting lazy. Why are big name game devs getting so lazy?
 

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I've been getting a lot of recommended overwatch content lately due to a few new characters. I've more or less sworn off overwatch after... "broken promises", but I'd be lying if I said I don't want to see where it's up to. Still wondering whether or not I give it a shot.

- Decent Lore
- I kinda miss MOBAs
- I don't wanna play LoL
- I like playing Tank characters but I can't do that in single player games because then there's no one healing me while I absorb damage
- New character is a tank, and a character I was anticipating from 5 years ago

- GARBAGE balancing
- GARBAGE matching
- SCRAPPED PvE
- Toxic fanbase
- Tryhards in casual pretending to be competitive
- No one knows how to play healers
- DPS keeps trying to Tank, so why am I even here?
- "new" skins are just recolors
- Battle Pass. Why? I miss lootboxes.
- I don't like talking to strangers over mic
- I just finished playing the HalfLife series and the big shift of game genre is gonna be jarring
- Mcree name change. I know there's drama behind it, but I will never get used to calling him "Cole Cassidy".
- Characters are getting lazy. Events are getting lazy. Why are big name game devs getting so lazy?
I'd recommend keeping away. From what I've heard the monetisation of Blizzard's games has gotten even worse as of late.
 

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So, as I said on my profile, I recently watched a certain movie based on a certain popular mascot horror franchise involving large murderous furries animatronics. Here are my expanded thoughts.

-Using the 8-bit minigames for the backstory in the opening credits was genius. It not only slipped in one of the most iconic elements from the franchise, but helped people who might not have been longtime fans catch up with what had happened.
-The aunt's lawyer was genuinely one of the funniest characters in the movie; the actor absolutely nailed the facial expressions of a poor sap getting wrapped up in stuff he doesn't want to be involved in.
-The cameos were surprisingly well-integrated; from what I've heard markiplier wasn't in it because he was busy with Iron Lung, so that was a little disappointing, but the other ones made me laugh.

My biggest problem with the movie is that they definitely should have cut the first scene. The way they had the unimportant, contextless character who dies at the start of the film was just so original and has absolutely never been done by any other horror film before. At least in other horror films, the character is a family member or something, but here it's just some random guard who gets murderized and never mentioned again. Starting the movie with such an overdone cliche had me rolling my eyes before it even really started. My second problem: I went with a couple friends, and all three of us knew that the career guy was William Afton from the very first scene he was introduced. I don't really have much to say about it, it was just badly written. The final major issue I had with it was the "slasher" scene, where the guys broke into the restaurant and were killed off one by one. As a scene in and of itself, it was pretty good, but juxtaposed against the rest of the movie it just felt off. You have some setup, a few small scares, then BIG SCARY SCENE and then a lot more slow-paced setup for the climactic battle. It just felt really out of place to me. Now that I think about it, the whole custody battle side-arc kind of dead-ended partway through the film. It was set up like an integral part of the plot but didn't end up going anywhere beyond the slasher scene.

I'm fully aware that I'm about to compare the FNAF movie to the Mario movie, which is going to seem odd at first, but bear with me. In the Mario movie, they went for references over storytelling. The actual plot itself was almost nonexistent, but they densely packed it with references, so it ended up being fun if for no other reason than nostalgia. The FNAF movie went for storytelling over references, meaning that they had a fairly interesting plot but minimal references to the source material. I honestly think they should have added a lot more. There were so many missed opportunities to add fun little nods for longtime fans of the series without breaking the immersion of the film too badly. The few references I picked up on were really difficult to catch (mainly, the "it's me" radio noises from the first game).

during the scene where golden freddy visits mike's house one of my friends leaned over to us and excitedly said "Sans Undertale!" and every drop of tension in the whole scene was pretty much killed by that one joke.
 

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I heard the intro-murdered security guard was supposed to be Markiplier's role and honestly that would have made the scene amazing in every way! Shame it didn't work out.

Re: references - I really wish they had done what they needed to do to add in more scenes that felt like actual gameplay because that would have made for great tense horror movie material. But I think they needed less of the FNAF games' story/plot because while it works well in a video game where you slowly uncover the secrets, having it play out blatantly in a movie just felt sorta lame.
 

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I heard the intro-murdered security guard was supposed to be Markiplier's role and honestly that would have made the scene amazing in every way! Shame it didn't work out.

Re: references - I really wish they had done what they needed to do to add in more scenes that felt like actual gameplay because that would have made for great tense horror movie material. But I think they needed less of the FNAF games' story/plot because while it works well in a video game where you slowly uncover the secrets, having it play out blatantly in a movie just felt sorta lame.
the first scene would be awesome if it was markiplier but without him it really sucked; at least I know why it was in there though

somehow I didn’t even think about the lack of gameplay-inspired segments, those also would have made the movie a lot better
 

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Breakfast.
YOU ATE BREAKFAST?!?!?!?! AS IN THE CONCEPT OF BREAKFAST?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!! Don't tell me that you are a concept consumer... At least the concept still exists.
 

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Today I learned a very valuable lesson: when reading a webtoon that is on hiatus, always check when it went on hiatus, because if it’s been gone for over two years and the final episode happens to contain a plethora of major, soul-crushing plot twists, it is likely that you will never receive a resolution to any of them.
…has anybody else ever made the mistake of reading Death of a Pop Star? If you haven’t, don’t. It’s excellent, but words cannot begin to describe the agony of the cliffhanger.
 

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I don't know where this fits, so I'll try it here. A friend shared this with me and a love-hate it.


(I figured love-hate is a genre we must have in common since we're here via Exvulnerum ;-) ).
 

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@TheJLT Did you immortalize Terezi-Rex in your signature for a particular reason? Soft spot for my obnoxious roleplaying, perhaps? ("obnoxious" here is meant literally to describe her demeanor in interacting with others, not as self-deprecation, JSYK)
 

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Yesterday, I got back from a 4-day trip to Virginia with the local marching band. On this trip, I:
-Stayed up until at least 11:30 every night
-Went inside a massive battleship and got very very lost
-Almost blacked out from g-forces on a rollercoaster
-Waited 3 hours to line up to march for a parade
-Waited for another hour to actually start the parade once lined up
-Spent over an hour marching with heavy metal discs strapped to my hands
-Died

and I still had to go to school today, because the education system hates sleep. i'm running on half a can of dr. pepper right now.
 
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