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Sonic Fan J

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    That wannabe author
  • Birthday 08/19/1985

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    Sonic and anime. Going to attempt to get into the IDW comics.
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  1. A thought I've found myself having of late is that I'm kind of growing tired of conflict in stories without reward or where the characters just suffer only to die in the end (no, this isn't a GoT post as I neither watch or read the books). It's kind of a more nuanced feeling than that though and kind of hard to explain.

    As an example, I think it has to do a lot with my state of mind sometimes such as when I watched Madoka Magika my own depression really allowed that show to resonate with me so much. Yet my favorite character met a horrible end and for as much as I enjoyed eth rest of the series their death and the emotions surrounding it just left me feeling empty. Even when everything wrapped up and they got a little more closure it was more painful to see them continue to lose everything despite their good intentions even if they could be awfully selfish. It was part of what I enjoyed about seeing the Rebellion movie as it gave them some life and joy back but then it just had to have that ending which also sucked. But even then my depression at the time that I watched it in a world where everyone was all sunshine and rainbows was a breath of fresh air where I could escape my emotions by seeing others faced theirs. Since then though I've just found myself growing tired and negativity s everywhere.

    It doesn't matter if it's in fiction, be it videogames, movies or what not, or in real life or online. Everywhere I look right now is constant negativity and the need to attack everyone else for feeling differently bar those hollow worded positivity posts that I always see popping up everywhere. It's just getting overwhelming and so when I do retreat to entertainment to just feel better by being entertained the constant suffering in fiction as well with no resolution that feels earned and rewarding just makes even trying to entertain myself feel like a hollow pursuit. 

    I remember when the stories I used to be exposed to would start off lightly and full of joy until the protagonist was challenged with growing stakes along the way where there were frequent celebrations of victory along the way. Even at the darkest of those times when the stakes were at the most dire success brought back the joy from the beginning and it was cathartic to see victory achieved because you went through so many ups and downs with the characters that their victory meant so much to you as well as them. But stories don't feel like that to me anymore. Just out of anime that are being simulcast this spring every victory is tempered with a humbling bitterness about how little was achieved and the weight that the characters are still carrying. Most notably Kimetsu no Yaiba's latest episode should have had a pretty awesome sense of victory but it just felt hollow and empty as nothing notable was achieved before the story ran headlong into further overwhelming the protagonist and making things even worse for him. And it's not a pacing problem either. It just seems to be how stories are evolving and I don't know if I enjoy that anymore. Victory feeling worthless and conflict being constant just starts to leave you asking why and when depression is your constant companion waiting for the chance to make your life miserable that question being in your entertainment is a very disheartening experience.

    Anyway, I've ranted long enough and have to get back to my own writing where I'm probably falling into the traps I'm complaining about.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      We're always here to talk, you know

    2. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I appreciate it @tailsBOOM!. I just don't even really know where to start anymore though as I feel like my thoughts are jumbled up anymore. I probably should seek professional help but I just can't bring myself to trust anyone who gets paid to listen to me ramble on incoherently. Of course that incoherency is part of the problem since if my rambling was coherent I could probably figure my own emotions out. Still, thanks for being here incase I actually do find a better way to talk about it.

    3. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      There are still cathartic stories out there where stakes equal a great victory, where a happy ending still exists. I mean, it's one of the reasons why Endgame was so successful.

      You just need to look in the right places for positivity. Even in the strangest places. I know it's Danganronpa that gave me a higher degree of confidence and positivity in myself. So I hope you can find something that does so too.

    4. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I would call Endgame more bitter sweet than happy, but I know what you mean Failin' and appreciate your thoughts and well wishes. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before I can find something like that again. That or I'm just going to have to bear it out until October when My Hero Academia comes back. Now there is a show that rewards effort. That probably shouldn't surprise me though since it's a Shounen Jump manga which means that it has to follow the tenants of friendship, effort, victory, but boy does Kohei Horikoshi's writing do a great job at selling it joyously combined with Studio Bones' brilliant work at bringing it to animated life.

    5. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      To each their own. I hope MHA gives you the feelings you need to push on.

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