• Has the science fiction genre lost its ways (its original roots)?

    I've read "Hunger Games", "Brave New World" and other books, as well as, seen several scifi movies and films. One day, I decided to compare modern science fiction media with those from the 1900s and further back. I came to realize the differences in tones between the two time periods. Books,... show more
    I've read "Hunger Games", "Brave New World" and other books, as well as, seen several scifi movies and films. One day, I decided to compare modern science fiction media with those from the 1900s and further back. I came to realize the differences in tones between the two time periods. Books, films and movies, from the 1900s and older, made people sit down and had deep philosophical thoughts about the world and what could be the future. While, in current time, I believe that we are exposed less to the philosophical meaning/thoughts and unique & 'out-there' story-telling of this media and are more exposed to the visual and special effects aspect and generic story-telling of the genre. And, personally, I don't like the way the genre is going. I would like to know when did the genre make this switch and if they are others who think the same way? However, could the genre, actually, be expanding, in this day in age? Or is it dying?
    9 answers · 1 day ago
  • How do I put accurate dialogue in a foreign language I don't know in the story I'm writing?

    Best answer: Why would you want to insert snippets of Japanese dialogue into a story that's being written in English? If you plan to insert untranslated dialogue, English speakers would simply skip right over it as practically none of us can read any of the three writing systems used to render Japanese. And if you plan to... show more
    Best answer: Why would you want to insert snippets of Japanese dialogue into a story that's being written in English? If you plan to insert untranslated dialogue, English speakers would simply skip right over it as practically none of us can read any of the three writing systems used to render Japanese. And if you plan to translate it, then it would be a lot better to simply conduct the entire business in English thusly - by saying "Character A turned to Character B and said in Japanese: 'Blah Blah Blah', then Character B replied: 'Yadda Yadda Yadda'..." Or you could just have them whispering and leave what was actually said a mystery. But inserting foreign dialogue - especially foreign dialogue that needs to be rendered using a system of orthography that practically none of your readers will be able to decipher, is just stupid.

    And never rely on translation programs for ANYTHING in a story. Translation programs do not take into account important factors such as idiom, dialect, regionalisms, accent, colloquialisms, slang, puns, or any of the other hundred things that go into crafting authentic dialogue. If you need to insert foreign dialogue, then make sure that you have a fluent speaker assist you rather than attempt to slap something together yourself on a whim.
    12 answers · 1 day ago
  • How long do you read a book?

    I just read about 20 minutes but I sure would like to read more. And stay out of trouble
    I just read about 20 minutes but I sure would like to read more. And stay out of trouble
    13 answers · 1 day ago
  • What type of flaws can suit a character with a calm personality?

    I mean like flaws that don't contradict their behavior/aren't too random, something that makes sense.
    I mean like flaws that don't contradict their behavior/aren't too random, something that makes sense.
    13 answers · 2 days ago
  • Is it okay for your pen name to be the same name as a character from a movie?

    Hello everyone. First, I just want to make it clear I'm not considering this particular pen because of the movie character. Second, the movie and its sequel were made about 10 or 11 years ago, and it's not a particularly big blockbuster and the character isn't iconic or well known (that being said, the... show more
    Hello everyone. First, I just want to make it clear I'm not considering this particular pen because of the movie character. Second, the movie and its sequel were made about 10 or 11 years ago, and it's not a particularly big blockbuster and the character isn't iconic or well known (that being said, the character was played by a well-known actress). Thirdly, I also want to know for legal reasons if it's okay if I use this name as a pen name. Thank you all in advance.
    8 answers · 16 hours ago
  • Need cool old boy names FAST?

    Best answer: Bocon

    It means giant mouth.
    Best answer: Bocon

    It means giant mouth.
    17 answers · 5 days ago
  • What is a good celebrity autobiography to read?

    Best answer: Tony Bennett, Just Getting Started. It is interesting because of his longevity and the book has photos of his paintings which are pretty good.
    Best answer: Tony Bennett, Just Getting Started. It is interesting because of his longevity and the book has photos of his paintings which are pretty good.
    13 answers · 3 days ago
  • In a haunted house, both attic & basement represent unknown parts of the home/psyche but is there any other symbolic difference between them?

    Best answer: Attics are often associated with the spiritual. They are the places one would expect to find a candlelight ritual to contact the dead or to summon a being from another dimension. They are also associated with the higher senses involving thought and feeling. They are places for secrets and emotional... show more
    Best answer: Attics are often associated with the spiritual. They are the places one would expect to find a candlelight ritual to contact the dead or to summon a being from another dimension. They are also associated with the higher senses involving thought and feeling. They are places for secrets and emotional longing.

    Basements are more-often associated with the earthly and base. They are places one would find foul beasts and gory torture chambers. They are associated with the physical and carnal. They are places of physical destruction and decay.

    Attics are places inhabited by ghosts or the insane. Basements are places for zombies and monsters made of flesh and blood. In the horror genre specifically, attics inspire fear while basements inspire dread.

    Although not a direct parallel, consider the classic "Psycho." The attic was where Norman Bates kept his mother's corpse mummified while he "spoke" to her as if still alive. Note the themes: family secrets, insanity, preservation, spiritual/emotional connection.

    Conversely, Norman disposed of his victims by submerging them in a lake. Consider the similarities to the "below ground" world of horror basements. Consider the themes of destruction, decay and the associations with physical violence and implied sexual connection.
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Hey! I need a last name for a story character. Suggestions please :)?

    So the character is made up obviously. They are a teenage boy named Alexander, small, shy, black hair, gorgeous eyes, but are referred to as Xander the entire story. So something that sounds good both with the full name and nickname. Also their brothers name is Aiden so something that sounds good with that name as... show more
    So the character is made up obviously. They are a teenage boy named Alexander, small, shy, black hair, gorgeous eyes, but are referred to as Xander the entire story. So something that sounds good both with the full name and nickname. Also their brothers name is Aiden so something that sounds good with that name as well please. Nothing that starts with H because two other characters already have last names starting with H. Nothing TOO generic like smith or names of colors like black, white, brown. I want it to sound normal but not well known, you feel? I originally had it as Brookes but I don't like it for some reason now. I've read through countless lists on google but just can't find anything that satisfies me or doesn't sound weird or out of place... Hopefully someone can help because I suck at thinking of names that sound believeable. Also let me know if you think Brookes sounds okay because If i can't find anything better I might as well just leave it.
    7 answers · 1 day ago
  • Reasons for a character to leave town?

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  • What are some creative ways of smuggling fake money across the border?

    I’m currently writing a book about money laundering and all that kinda stuff and I want a really creative way of smuggling money across the border? I do have a few but I wanted to see if anyone could come up with better ones because this type of stuff kinda fascinates me as well. Also please don’t judge me for... show more
    I’m currently writing a book about money laundering and all that kinda stuff and I want a really creative way of smuggling money across the border? I do have a few but I wanted to see if anyone could come up with better ones because this type of stuff kinda fascinates me as well. Also please don’t judge me for asking this and saying stuff like I should be coming up with the ideas myself or whatever. Anyways, thank you darls
    10 answers · 5 days ago
  • How much is my book worth?

    Best answer: Your book is part of a five volume set. The full set is worth about $100 in good condition.
    One book of the set in poor condition as you describe might sell for $10 if you're lucky.
    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR...
    Best answer: Your book is part of a five volume set. The full set is worth about $100 in good condition.
    One book of the set in poor condition as you describe might sell for $10 if you're lucky.
    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR...
    6 answers · 18 hours ago
  • How am I supposed to make money selling my Poetry Books? (when you base it upon price)?

    It costs like $20 per book, and to publish would be 2-300 dollars, so by the time I did that, and let's say sell them for 8.99, to maybe $10, How am I supposed to make any money from this? I'd be blowing more money than I actually make.
    It costs like $20 per book, and to publish would be 2-300 dollars, so by the time I did that, and let's say sell them for 8.99, to maybe $10, How am I supposed to make any money from this? I'd be blowing more money than I actually make.
    9 answers · 3 days ago
  • Writing a story. Need help with names?

    So I'm writing a story and I need help with first and middle names. Some for a girl, others for boys. The last name is going to be Flores. Thanks guys!! <33
    So I'm writing a story and I need help with first and middle names. Some for a girl, others for boys. The last name is going to be Flores. Thanks guys!! <33
    11 answers · 6 days ago