stereotype

Stereotype, Stock, & Side Characters This week, Evan and I take on the ambitious task of discussing three character types the final episode of the Good Words character series: Stereotype, Stock, and Side characters. These character types face critique when they are overused and too heavily relied on by authors. We define each character and discuss the ways to use them effectively and break out of some overused character tropes. Stereotype: a generalized character based on little experience or direct knowledge. We discuss ways to address using known characteristics and changing them up to avoid this writing pitfall. Stock: a typical character often seen in literatureRead More →

crescendo

A Gigawatt Jukebox themed playlist From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control.  In true geek style, we submit a never-ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date.   It’s happened to everyone at some point: the experience of lost time.  You’ll be doing something routine, when you suddenly snap out of it.  Without realizing it, you just spent a few minutes in a trance.  Without knowing it, you were almost hypnotized by a song.  Every song tells a story, but some have the power to lure you like a Siren from Greek mythology.  ItRead More →

new years

New Year’s Eve has come and gone but the staff of The Geek Embassy had to take some time to reflect on 2016. We suffered plenty of misery, had some good times, saw some good movies, and read some great books. 2016 is one for the record books for sure and we are hoping that 2017 will bring everyone lots of joy. Or at least fewer celebrity deaths. Rhonda and I recall our fabulous time at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. We presented a great panel titled, “Capes & Baskets: What fairy tales can teach us about superheroes.” It was really well received and aRead More →

The Sims 4 Toddlers

Since The Sims is a life simulation game, a large part of the previous iterations was watching a Sim grow throughout their life… and one of the biggest disappointments fans of the Sims got when The Sims 4 first came out was the lack of the toddler life stage. Young Sims would skip from being a baby to a young child that went to school, did homework, started working on their life skills, and were fairly independent. The lack of helping young Sim family members learn life skills has been something Sims fans have being asking for a long time and, after a lot ofRead More →

round

Round and flat, static and dynamic. What are we talking about here, shapes and textures? Nope! We are discussing characters and how some grow and change (round and dynamic) and some don’t (flat and static). It can sound even from this short description like round and dynamic characters are better than flat and static characters. In many ways, that is is true; we generally relate to round characters more as it is often easier to identify with characters where we see growth and movement. You can see this in the discussion Evan and I have covering this topic. It was so much easier for theRead More →

Has TBBT Run Its Course

Earlier this year, Regina and I commented that The Big Bang Theory may have run its course. Truth be told, I hadn’t seen any of season 10, so, like a good scientist, I got caught up so I could consider all the evidence. Spoilers This article discusses all current episodes of TBBT (as of 12/29/2016). If you’re trying to decide if you should keep watching TBBT, skip to the summary. Beginnings Raj, Leonard, Howard, and Sheldon started as friends and co-workers with a multitude of shared interests. Each is highly intelligent with aspiring life goals like… being able to talk in the presence of aRead More →

antihero

Antiheroes and Antivillains. One of these terms I’m sure you’ve heard before. We’ve discussed antiheroes many times in the podcasts and hangouts we’ve recorded over the years. But what about the other term, antivillains? Before this discussion, I had never come across the term “antivillain” before Evan brought it up for this discussion. It’s a turn phrase that I really love.  Playing with literary terms and meanings is one of the reasons I love studying literature and storytelling. Often, it’s in the turning upside down of expectations where we learn the most about our favorite stories and characters. Antihero Antiheroes are often missing the traditionalRead More →

heroes

This week on Good Words, Even and I discuss Heroes and Villains. These terms are used quite a bit when discussing literature and stories; we’ve discussed villains we hate to love and love to hate at great length in a recent hangout. Some examples from this episode include characters from Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad. Current trends in storytelling call for very complex play with good versus bad. Our discussion this week delves a little deeper into how to create good heroes and villains. It is so important for well-crafted characters to have an internal consistency that the reader can understand and objectivelyRead More →