Tagged by gerdz, felt like doing it. Will not tag anyone else, so enjoy.
Rule 1: Always post the rules.
Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and create 11 new ones.
Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post.
Rule 4: Actually tell them you tagged them.
1. "What kinds of tropes do you generally enjoy and dislike the most within a piece of fiction and why? How have these tropes influenced you?"
I have a love/hate relationship with trope culture. One hand, its very useful to have that information at hand, on the other, people treat them like a religion and I hate the idea of being boxed in with storytelling. That said, I do love any story with monsters and clever, emotionally honest writing and I hate stories that treat their audience like they’re dollar signs with asses. They’ve done a wonderful job at telling me what I want to do and what I very clearly don’t.
2. "Who are your favorite and least favorite fictional heroes and why? What is it about them that you like and/or dislike?"
Most: Kanbei Shimada from Seven Samurai. The reason, he’s old, wise to the ways of the world, good and bad, but still chooses to do the right thing at great cost to himself even though he NEVER WINS. He’s not perfect and willing to learn from anyone, but typically is the teacher. Just really complex and really fun to watch.
Least: I spent way too much time on this one. I’d have to say my least favorite hero would be … the entire cast of Transformers Energon. Literally nothing happened of note in that whole series.
3. "Who are your favorite and least favorite fictional villains and why? What is it about them that you like and/or dislike?”
Most: I have a hard time with villains as the most endearing ones often wind up becoming at least somewhat heroic. I’d have to pick the douchey officer in Pan’s Labyrinth in that he was just bad from beginning to end for a valid reason. He chilled me to the bone and left me.
Least: Topher Grace as Venom. Its both the biggest and the most obvious film casting misfire that anyone could have prevented, with the honest to god most laughable scenes in that movie that weren’t meant to be so, that I’ve ever seen. It baffles my mind that they got away with it to this day.
4. "Who are your biggest inspirations for creating fiction and why? How do they inspire you?"
Bill Watterson, the now reclusive cartoonist that created Calvin & Hobbes. He taught me almost everything I know. I mean, I love anyone that writes genuine material, but he taught me to see it that way. :)
5. "What are your favorite and least favorite mediums for portraying fiction and why?"
I love a great deal of ways, but traditional animation with a little cg enhancement like they did in the late 90’s hands down wins it.
Can’t say I have a least. I honest to god thought about it. But I just don’t.
6. "What are your favorite and least favorite genre’s of fiction and why?"
Every genre gets a fair shake with me, but I love atomic science fiction and mythological epics more than most others. Least is difficult, but the one that misses more than it hits would be teen paranormal romance. And that’s not even the genre’s fault. Its the damn rabid wannabe writer fans.
7. "Which pieces of fiction have had the biggest impact on you and have been the most meaningful to you on a personal level and why?"
Calvin and Hobbes was the most foundational piece of work in my life, because of how varied it was in tone and subject. It celebrated imagination in all forms and taught me it was okay to be myself.
8. "Any fictional characters that you wish were real? If so, how would you react upon meeting them?"
Oof, there are way too many for me to name, and I’d react with a raised eyebrow and excited acceptance for all of them.
9. "Do you feel that fictional characters have any sort of real value or meaning to them? Or no? If you do or don’t, why do you feel this way?"
Yes. Yes they do. I don’t even feel the need to explain why, its that obvious to me.
10. "Continuing on from the previous question, do you feel that fiction in general can have an sort of positive effect on society? Or no? If you do or don’t, why do you feel this way?"
If it didn’t, it wouldn’t have persisted this long in human culture. Myths that hyper-imposed the dangers of the world into our world, to modern stories that we all connect to and to each other through them. We may have pretended it was paltry, bourgeoisie forgettable pulp fare for a couple centuries there, but fictions important as balls.
11. On an unrelated note, where do you hope to be in 5, 10, 15, or 20 years from now?”
I like where I am now, really. I’m happy, but I would like to be a published author, even better a successful one, and have kids. Call me crazy but I like the idea of passing on my genes and all that.
And that’s it. I have not the energy or initiative to make more questions or tag others. Because reasons.