I want to know more about the pop culture aspect of jaegar pilots and kaijus.
I’m sure kids grow up pretending to be pilots, but like do teens refer to their gfs/bfs as being drift compatible? do kids write rpf about jaegar pilots? have social media accounts with names like ‘@thebecketbrosbutts’? and chuck’s “I’ll drop u like a second kaiju shit’, I bet there’s whole slews of regional kaiju relates swears and insults.
important things that I need to know
But seriously if you don’t love Drake & Josh there’s something wrong with you, I mean
Anonymous said: I saw your response to yamino on their queer Muslim comic character, and I wanted to thank you very much for the insight. I have been working on a story that involves characters of cultures I do not belong to, and I've been wondering the best way to go about it, so reading your post was really enlightening. My question is, would it be a better option to privately message a person to ask about a certain experience of theirs if they share the culture you seek for your character? (1/2)
(2/2) Because somehow, I feel like just following somebody’s life and blog and borrowing inspiration from that is a little voyeuristic and they should probably at least know that their writing is being used as inspiration for a story. Correct me if I am wrong though, I am only here to learn.
You’re absolutely right that it can be voyeuristic, and I didn’t mean for my commentary to come across that way haha, thank you for catching me.
I wasn’t trying to suggest you model a character after a blogger, no. I meant that there’s a sponging period that is absolutely necessary for learning. And when we write, we need to do a LOT of learning. That’s the most important thing.
I don’t think there’s a sure-fire way to go about writing characters that are part of cultures you don’t belong to though, and honestly I think asking someone permission is awkward? Again, the goal is to learn from them. If part of that learning process inspires you, cool, but don’t use them and their experiences so directly. People don’t exist as cliff-notes for you, and our experiences are all different.
Assuming you can use one person as a model for your character doesn’t speak to the diversity of that culture, it assumes a monolithic experience that is much simpler than the reality.
Follow a LOT of different sources. Read a LOT of things about that culture. Learn the multi-faceted ways they exist, learn about their unique humanity. You will make mistakes, but eventually your character and story will come from your own heart.
meekness is misunderstood to be weakness. We are full of selfcontrol, compassion and devoted to the welfare of all beings: and yet these virtues have
become as good as vices in us now.
Book 3 of the Ramayana of Valmiki, translated by Venkatesananda, Swam
best description of meekness I’ve ever read