Date: 19 Nov 2013 22:59
Number of posts: 25
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I'm scared of the Clipper. I mean,
the Reagan thing
This alone would be enough. But then there's the rest of this guy's personality, and deaugh.
I like this origin story for The Clipper. I'm not sure how I feel about the differences between his voice here and in "A Cooler Manifesto", but I do like the before-and-after effect you've made with the two stories.
The way you've written The Clipper here makes
the Reagan thing
seem right up his alley, in my opinion. Final note: quality body horror. +1
"I do what other people only dream. I make art until someone dies. (giggles) I am the world's first fully-functioning homicidal artist. "
Hey wow a pithy summary of this tale as well as what I dislike about it. Craaaaaaazy guy makes art that involves killing people isn't a new thing and this doesn't really bring anything else to the table.
A better story than yet another Ruiz Duchamp thing doesn't equate to a good story. -1
I can't think of a character that can't be shoehorned into one TVTropes page or another. That he immediately pulled the trope into your mind provided rapid characterisation, and as such, fitting the trope served its purpose. If there was another character on the site that fit that trope, I'd have readily used them, thus removing the need for this tale at all, but there wasn't, so I created one. Unfortunately, characterisation pieces are hardly thrilling, but they're a necessary evil. I'm glad that you think this is better than Ruiz. I get why you think he's flat, but this was only the starting point of a character that I'm planning to elsewhere. Don't take this as me going 'bluh bluh I am justified in establishing cardboard cutouts', your critiques on these stories are telling me where I can improve, so thanks!
I can't think of a character that can't be shoehorned into one TVTropes page or another.
True, but there's a difference between a character being shoehorned as a trope and a character epitomizing that trope. And yeah, there's nothing wrong with using tropes (I actually really like Mad Artist as a trope), it's just that this uses the trope and adds nothing to it.1 Vaguely Ed Gein-ish dude talking about art isn't a super-new thing. It provides characterization, sure; it's just dull characterization.
I've been waiting for someone to write a tale about a psychopathic serial killer, and now it's finally here. Not only is it about a psychopathic killer, it's about an AWCY? killer. And that's awesome. Also:
that thing back in '88, the Reagan thing
+1 with the force of a thousand suns
I am enjoying this canon and all the characters. HOWEVER, while I _sort_ of enjoyed the Reagan connection, I think SCP-1981 is just too big and awesome to be a simple AWCY? piece. In my headcanon, 1981 will always be some demonic lovecraftian possession horror-spill into our universe. Although I do admit the title "RONALD REAGAN CUT UP WHILE TALKING" certainly sounds like an art piece.