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  1. Morning SSMB.

     

    A super speedy pop-in to say hi and let everyone know my story blog will be updating on time at 8am PST. Also, thanks @Failinhearts for the pep talk yesterday. I appreciate it (^_^)

  2. Morning SSMB.

     

    Yesterday's greeting sounded kind of harsh didn't it? Apologies if it did. Anyway, another day and another update for my story blog going up at 8am PST. I'm still at it, though sometimes I wonder if I should be. My average readers per day is about seven with only about four looking at the latest update. I know I'm not a particularly skilled writer, or really advertising my story, but such a small number seems disheartening. It's better than none, but I've had days like that happen with this story so sometimes it's just a little... Anyway, I'm rambling and throwing a pity party it feels like so I'll just wish everyone a good day. See you tomorrow SSMB.

    1. tailsBOOM!
    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

      Trust me, I wish I had more people who read my stuff, or watched my videos. But just keep at it. Eventually, people will come with time. Just do your best to advertise it!

  3. Morning SSMB.

    You know the drill by now. An update for my story blog will be up at 8am PST. Please enjoy and I'll talk later.

  4. Morning SSMB.

     

    Just a quick pop-in this morning for saying hi and promoting that my story blog will be updating on time this morning at 8am PST.

  5. Morning SSMB.

    It's Monday! That means work, school for some, and a new post for my story blog. Let's all try and have a great Monday everyone (^_^)

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

  6. Okay, I read the whole topic and I honestly just can't wrap my head around anything. I think it's my upbringing hampering me as well as my life philosophies so I'lll start with a question. Could someone please define representation in the context of this thread? I ask because representation can mean a lot of different things, and as someone who was raised in way where being 'represented' holds no personal value the topic confuses me to no end. I don't understand the empowerment one feels when they are represented. I don't understand the sense of validation when one group or another indirectly recognizes your existence. I don't get seeing myself in a fictional character. These are things that I just don't understand in any regard of emotional context It's why I ask What does representation mean for this thread. Are you just looking for equal numbers? Are you looking to have distinct problems unique entirely to female characters to have an affect on the narrative? Are you looking to see the female characters standing shoulder to shoulder with the male characters as equals? Are you looking at presentation of the female characters and whether or not it avoids subjectively 'bad' stereotypes? Is it some combination of the above in addition to/or some other factors I haven't considered? Now with all of that out of the way and my ignorance and naivete (perhaps some insensitivity as well) laid bare, I can talk a little about my thoughts on representation of the female characters. Above all else, if there is one thing I have always thoroughly enjoyed about the Sonic series and its representation of female characters, is how it never explicitly brings attention to characters being female and talking down about them for it. It respects them and treats them as individuals first and foremost, highlighting the individual and who they are and what they want to do. The female characters share this privilege with the male characters who are never glorified for being male, but just treated as the distinctive individuals that they are. Almost all of the imbalance happens at a meta or completely external level, but not actually in universe. In universe everyone is treated with the respect and dignity that an individual deserves to be treated with, with only their own actions affecting the viewpoints that others have of them. This is one of the reasons it drives me so far up the wall whenever people say that Amy needs to change into anything other than what she is. If she's too girly she is an insult to women who find girliness demeaning, existing in their own little vacuums where those who like to be girly don't exist. If she's too much of a tomboy she's just a boy in a dress. If she displays her crush for Sonic in any way but secretive embarrassment she's a psychopathic stalker. If you dial it all back or make her a "good" female role model she's also suddenly too bland to be interesting. Funny that and makes me want to ask what exactly is wrong with Amy being a Girly-tomboy with a thing for Sonic, that motivates her to good no less? In universe, as far as I've ever seen absolutely nothing. She is never demeaned (except maybe in BOOM! whenever she draws attention to it first in a complaint driven manner) for being a girl who is both girly and tomboyish. Even her love of Sonic is looked upon as a bad thing, only her more extreme actions in pursuit of it rightfully gets her called out in universe. but out of universe all of these things are bad and she must be insulted for being a girl and pursuing the things she wants to pursue because its either too girly, too boyish, sets a bad role model for real life little girls, or some other thing that makes people say she has to change to be a "good" female character without any explanation of what that is. Yet to me, Amy has always been a great female, no less character in general because she has always demonstrated that no matter who you are, as long as you don't hurt people, be happy in who you are and actively pursue that. How the heck is that a bad character or female representation. It's a powerful message I think all human beings need to be taught. Putting my rant aside now, though I feel much stronger about Amy (she is one of my favorites after all in addition to being one of the most talked about characters) I still feel that the in universe lack of discrimination presents a world hat we should really still be striving for ourselves. And I feel that is extended to all of the female and male characters. Sure, maybe the developers are doing certain things due to their cultural upbringings, but that isn't reflected in universe. Not unless your own upbringing made you sensitive to seeing those things making you feel the need to react to it, even though all of that discrimination isn't present or acted upon by the characters in universe (again normally because some of what I saw of BOOM! definitely fed that discrimination into the characters and their universe). So, while I've probably gotten this all wrong due to my misinterpretation of a subject matter I honestly can't wrap my head around, in my own bizarre twisted view of the world I feel the respect to be an individual that is afforded to every character is superb. But as I said, I'm ignorant and naïve so if I got it all wrong feel free to tear into me as I might actually learn something.
  7. Morning SSMB.

    Somehow I seemed to have yesterday mixed up with today (I guess I really wanted the weekend to be here already 😅), but as it isn't here quite yet, I've got yet another update for my story blog  going up at 8am PST today. For those of you reading please enjoy. As for me, I'll enjoy it actually being Friday now 😅 

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Nice!  Have a great day J!

  8. A speedy Thursday morning SSMB.

    The weekend is here but first one more update for my story blog this week. My writing schedule is good right now so hopefully I'll have some time to chat here (any interesting conversations going on I wonder) and maybe play some games on the new gaming laptop I picked up this week.

  9. Morning SSMB.

    Another quick pop in to drop off a link to my story blog as today's update is ready.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning

  10. Just a quick good morning SSMB.

    My morning is busy but I still got today's update for my story blog ready for 8am PST. Check it out if you'd like and have a great day (^_^)

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

  11. It's always kind of funny to me how when I get asked about my "Rosy" redesign and provide an answer that that is always the end of it. It's not that I'm particularly looking for a long debate and conversation about the design, it just seems weird to me that it always ends with my explanation. I don't feel like I explain anything that well so maybe I'm just over thinking it.

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      I feel you, you get that need to explain design or thematic philosophies about something you work on. It would either spark intrigue or dead silence. One of the two.

      But in the end, it doesn't matter. I think it's a sign of passion, and that's never wrong!

  12. Morning SSMB.

    It's Monday and that means work tonight and an update for my story blog at 8am PST this morning.

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

  13. Morning SSMB.

    Kind of weird for me to pop in on the weekend it seems, but I figured since I just posted the complete first short form story for my story blog I'd pop in and share the link. Anyway, to those who check it out hope you enjoy, and I hope everyone else enjoys the Sonic Music Spectacular today. Unfortunately I'll be sleeping through it to maintain a healthy sleep cycle to accompany my overnight work shifts.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Mornin'!

  14. I want to partake, but it'll be starting at about 11am my time when I'm fast asleep. Having an overnight shift has its downsides sometimes. Hope everyone enjoys though.
  15. Morning SSMB.

    Another quick pop in and out this morning to say hi and let you know my story blog updated on time and is ready for your consumption. Anyway catch you later SSMB.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

  16. Morning SSMB.

    Another quick pop in as I've got today's update for my story blog ready for its 8am PST debut. Tomorrow will probably be another quick pop in but I'll see you then anyway.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning

    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

  17. Morning SSMB.

    Just a quick pop in as I've got today's update for my story blog ready to go for 8am PST. that's about all I have time for unfortunately even though I wanted to see everyone's initial reactions to Tangle & Whisper #1. Oh well, I'll just have to catch up later.

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

  18. Morning SSMB.

    Just a quick pop in to say hi and let those who are interested know that today's update for my story blog is up before I head off to a regular checkup with my doctor. Of course my insurance just had to choose one so far away that to and from will be like a combined hour or more of time on the road for like five minutes of conversation. Oh well. My health is important so I guess it must be worth the trouble.

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

  19. Morning SSMB.

    It's a passable Monday morning for the most part so I'll drop my greeting today with a video. Anyway, my story blog at http://www.sa-b-ers.com is past the big long story finally and starting today I'll be trying to mostly stick to smaller less pretentious stories. I mostly want to have fun while writing, and while I enjoy the bigger longer, more somber and dark stories, sometimes they can be kind of emotionally draining to write. So, starting today, the first story up will be "The Fractured Maid" (the link will actually work at 8am PST so try to hold off from clicking it until then) and I hope everyone who checks it out enjoys. I'll probably still have overarching plots taking place as I go forward just because it makes the world feel more full to me, but for the most I'm hoping to keep things simple. Wish me luck and enjoy.

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning

    3. Bloxxerboy

      Bloxxerboy

      G’mornin’

  20. Hey PaulyB! Happy birthday! 🎂 Hope it turns out to be a great one 😊

    1. PaulyBFromDa303

      PaulyBFromDa303

      Thanks Sonic Fan J, means a lot! I hope so too, the day is young

  21. You know, one of those things that I think that bothers me about this whole mess with the need to kill Eggman or not was Eggman being the immediate villain. One of the comments I've seen here and there is that the Metal Virus should have been released by Metal Sonic, and not Eggman. To an extent I agree. Part of the problem with the Eggman situation is that there was no immediate benefit to saving him. He was harmless and isolated at the time and bot hbrought nothing to the story or even drove the plot forward. Now combine that with the fact the current plotline is dependent on blaming Sonic and showing the consequences of his actions. The problem though is that he spared an innocent man whose mind just happened to exist in the body of the world's worst villain. While a deep moral conundrum, punishing Sonic for saving an innocent man is kind of a horrible narrative decision for a simple series like this. This is why I like the idea of Metal Sonic being the one who should have released the Metal Virus. First off, Metal was already fully aware of all of Eggman's plans, and after losing his Neo form and without Eggman around would have needed a means to assure victory for the Eggman Empire. The metal virus would have provided the means to that and would have helped with the out of control nature of it. Secondly, it would have made more sense punishing Sonic for sparing a world threat villain as he did nothing but let Metal go. He was arrogant in believing that Metal would be harmless, but also arrogant about himself since Metal is typically "his" double meaning he should be able to have an idea on the robot thinks. The whole story becomes Sonic's fault for being too forgiving when he needed to a harsher hand. The best part is, now you set up a third advantage to the metal virus being set off by Metal Sonic; you need Eggman back to stop the weapon that even he was unwilling to use in his conquest of the world. This shows how much of a genius Eggman is, his limits in how far he is willing to go to achieve his goals, and allows for Starline to be introduced as the solution to bringing back Eggman and letting us see him marvel at Eggman before his typical shortcomings get in the way. You preserve Eggman as a man with limits to explain why you don't just kill him and allow us to see Starline marveling at a full on Eggman success. You also give Eggman a victory without Sonic losing which presents him as a competent threat and justifies why he is feared despite his goofy personality. Of course at this point, as @Kuzu the Boloedge has said, I'm pretty much just writing a fanfic at this point. Though perhaps more comically to me is that Shadow still isn't necessary story-wise from how I think things could have worked better.
  22. Posted this over on tumblr, but figured I'd drop it off here to just to see if I get any answers to my question.

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    One of those things that always kind of gets to me with the Sonic franchise are those individuals who say that Amy should be stripped of her crush and desire to follow Sonic. Now I’m not bashing anyone here just to be clear, it’s just that it doesn’t make any sense to, further compounded by the typical lack of providing an example or framework of what type of character she should be. Now this is important as Amy was introduced to be Sonic’s love interest, and in one of the franchise’s more fun subversion of tropes Sonic won the girl and didn’t actually want her. That subversion to this day has always amused me far more with Sonic than any other place I’ve seen it and still entertains me to this day (at least when Amy is being a playful tease) but I digress.

    So, since Amy was introduced to be the main female character, the Minnie to Sonic’s MIckey (considering Minnie can do everything Mickey can it always bothers me that Amy never developed that way but again I’m digressing), and the the main love interest for the title character who follows him wherever he goes, who exactly is Amy supposed to be and what role is she supposed to fill if you strip her of what she was created for? Further, why is it that Tails following Sonic due to his infatuation is okay (though to be fair most people want him being his own character now and also fully detached from his infatuation with Sonic)?

    Considering this is a franchise about an adventuring character who never stays in the same place any longer than the adventure that took them there, the characters who are directly tied to them need to be as mobile with the desire to follow them. I can understand not liking the concept, the execution, or both, but saying a character should be stripped of what they were created for [Tails 2P character so siblings could play the game together and Amy the love interest who Sonic won but didn’t want (admittedly I still wish she could have become the 3P who allowed three people to all play the same game at the same time without gameplay favoritism, but again I’m digressing)] and then not providing an example of what they should or could be that takes into account of what type of series they are part of just bothers me. It’s why I get so irked as well when Knuckles is just thrown out there without consideration of his character role in the franchise despite the fact the Japanese Chaotix manual actually gives him a fairly believable one that would also support his role as a rival of Sonic instead of a close friend without any personal investment in Sonic and his well being.

    Anyway, before I ramble for too much longer, I’d appreciate it if those of you who would prefer the love interest be stripped of her crush as well as her desire to follow the protagonist in a glorified road trip story could throw me your idea and thoughts that actually addresses those points. Thanks in advance.

     

     

    1. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      I don’t think I know anyone who wants Amy stripped of her crush, but they want Amy to be more of a character beyond it. As Sonic X and the 2000s era, relying too heavily on her crush doesn’t make her endearing or funny, it makes her fucking annoying.

      Amy is pretty much the only thing I’ve liked in modern era’s writing, because between Boom and newer games, she’s gaining more of a personality while her crush is actually being played respectfully and with a bit of tact instead of her obsessively trying to force Sonic to marry her. Boom especially was really good with SonAmy teasing without going too far.

    2. Wraith

      Wraith

      Her crush can stay, but I'd like her relationships with other characters fleshed out. It'd make her less one note without making her boring like a lot of modern stuff does.

    3. Kuzu the Boloedge

      Kuzu the Boloedge

      I didn't mind her crush on Sonic, it only started to get grating when that was her ONLY character trait, and it was exaggerated to making her really obnoxious. Nobody likes to see a character act in a way that's unlikable, even if it "makes sense". And on top of that, she never contributed anything to the story beyond that running gag. 

      Ironically, they've started to downplay her crush more in recent years, and while it has made her less obnoxious, it did make her a bit boring as she doesn't have any standout traits any more beyond really generic ones. Personally, I would just focus on her relationships with other characters as Wraith suggested, but nobody ever seems to do that. 

  23. You kind of answered your own question in regards to who you are talking to by the end of this sentence. To @Fire-N-Space Amy's infatuation with Sonic and stereotypical Valentines day representation of love is part of what makes her an appealing character. I personally find to be a shallow appreciation of the character, but if it makes them happy I don't see the harm. Now me, I'm actually of the came who doesn't like Amy's current role in the comics. This has nothing to do with not understanding the situation or why she is there, but simply my preference for what I like to see the character doing and enjoy out of the franchise. Unfortunately the whole zombot arc in general eschews what I enjoy most out of the francise beyond the characters themselves. Fortunately, for the most part I've been enjoying the characters (what ever happened to the aloof and reserved Shadow who was dismissive with his words and body language but who spoke powerfully with his actions about how much he actually cared?) so even though the series isn't really giving me what I want, I can't say I'm not enjoying it so far. But dismissing off hand other peoples' opinions isn't good for discussion instead in contrast to engaging with the poster and attempting to garner an understanding while presenting the conflicting aspects of your own pov. Not that I should be lecturing on how to hold a conversation, but sometime slowing down a little and not being emotional helps.
  24. Morning SSMB.

    No video this morning as I'm feeling rather blue, and things that make me happy normally just intensify my misery when I'm feeling blue.

    Anyway, enough of the pity party. I've got two things on my mind this morning and figure I maight as well throw them out here.

    1) I have a tendency of lurking over on Kanzenshuu (no intentions of joining because way too much antagonism there for my liking) and found myself flabbergasted recently. I doubt anyone reading this follows Dragon Ball heroes at all so some of what I'm going to say probably won't make sense, but somehow the people over on Kanzenshuu suddenly have a problem with the Super Saiyan God ritual. It's hard to explain without it sounding completely daft, but in Dragon Ball Heroes' alternative little timeline, sometime in the near future Trunks will be getting SSG and will achieve it by means of the ritual. Now where things get weird is that some people are calling the ritual out for not all of the  present Saiyans for it being Super Saiyans. The problem though, it is literally the exact same Saiyans who were present for the only time the ritual has been used in the first place; Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, Goten, and Pan. Considering Pan wasn't even born when the ritual was used in the main series and is not implied to have achieved Super Saiyan the problems that people are having are baffling me.

    Moving on to 2) I've been thinking a lot recently about what exactly is "glory". It's just one of those concepts I can't really wrap my head around no matter how hard I try. At best it reads as a widespread reputation of how awesome you are that everyone agrees with. I just don't see the point and get so confused about the importance of glory.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning. It's normal to be annoyed or confused at things as it's something we all go through.  I hope things work out soon for you though.

    2. dbzfan7

      dbzfan7

      You're not wrong about Kanzenshuu...you are not wrong. I've been more hesitant to post because of how toxic and unfriendly it gets there. 

    3. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      That's so sad to hear. Dragon Ball is one probably my favorite anime franchise (even considering the fact that I honestly think it isn't that good, but it fills me with so much joy that I just don't care) and seeing that the most knowledgeable and passionate of fans when they gather are nothing but toxic is disappointing. I don't talk Dragon Ball here too often as I mostly come here for Sonic, but knowing eth best place to talk Drago Ball is best avoided is just disappointing. I guess that's people for you though, especially when power levels come into play.

  25. Morning SSMB,

    On kind of early again, but no biggie. Today's update for my story blog at http://www.sa-b-ers.com will be up at 8am PST as usual, but it's also kind of a special one. Today's update is the last update for the current story and is a double length post (just over 4000 words) to wrap it all up, well loosely speaking. Starting Monday I'll be going more light hearted with y writing as I finally get out of the background stuff and get to just have fun. Will it be good? I hope so, but not as much as I hope everyone who reads it will have as much fun as I do writing it. Wish me luck please!

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Mornin'!

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