Category: Fiction

Because I Am What You May Call An Idiot, I Wrote Nearly 1500 Words About Buddy Complex

Or, Virtue Rewarded, How I Stopped Worrying & Learned To Love the Bomb,

At Least It Isn’t Cross Ange

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It is not accurate to say Buddy Complex is a series that deserves defending, because it is plainly not particularly good, interesting or new. The parts that are good are not new, and the parts that are new are not good. On the other hand, I am finding it a series worth watching because it is so unashamedly unimaginative it ends up the sort of show that epitomises every cliché possible with earnest sincerity. Within five minutes of episode one starting, once you know the jargon being thrown about, any viewer who has seen at least one other military robot anime will be able to predict everything that will happen for at least the first two and a half episodes – and that will happen without any attempt to do anything different.

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Short Story – “The Prince’s Dog”

I often find myself returning to the themes of the gothic novel; I find their ideas of power abused and stifling social traditions forcing tragedy upon the innocent fascinating. I think those themes offer a far more interesting avenue for dark fantasy than miserablism and sociopathy; arguing from the position that everyone is compromised and base is less interesting than taking the stance that evil can come from within, from the inability to understand the desires and freedoms of others.

Thus I wrote this, a gradual destruction of a past friendship that itself was not what it seemed.

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“Garden of Eden” Chapter Eleven: “The Borderline”

The Grey Cliff chapters of Garden of Eden were where things kicked off in all directions, where I tried to capture the excitement of meeting people, of finding new things, of everything that could happen.

For the characters it isn’t necessarily a new experience, but I wanted it to feel like even so, there were surprises.

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“Garden of Eden” Chapter Nine: “Sky Coloured Days”

This is where Garden of Eden steps up a gear. I wanted this to be a story about people learning to do something with their lives, getting that buzz of energy and enthusiasm I feel when I commit myself to a project. Having something to work towards.

From this point on, the characters have something to aim for.

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