storytelling

The Donald Trump Show (Plants and Potsherds)

Donald Trump.

“If the DNC had scripted the last month or so, the party probably would have come up with a scenario that looks quite a bit like the one we’ve seen.”

Steve Benen

This is one of those occasions upon which I must disagree with Mr. Benen:

A Republican carnival barker would use racially charged, xenophobic rhetoric, which would propel him into the GOP’s top tier, pushing minority communities even further from the Republican Party. All the while, the GOP would find itself on the defensive, and more serious candidates would struggle to gain traction.

That is to say, no proper screenwriter would script such an episode except as naked farce. There is a reason truth insists on being stranger than fiction.

Benen also notes that some have made what seems the obvious point, that Trump, who has formerly identified with both parties, is a secret Democratic plant trying to wreck the Republican Party.

And also that for some, such as Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL26), the conspiracy theory is the best they’ve got: (more…)

Filler

Major players in 'Durarara!!' (L-R): Izaya Orihara, Masaomi Kida, Mikado Ryugamine, Anri Sonohara, Shizuo Hewajima.

No, really, we got nothin’ on this one, except to say that there are testifiable merits in binge-watching. In truth, having to wait from week to week in order to follow the story can be trying; there is a difference in the way these stories are told.

Which stands out because there are many who would advise aspiring writers toward what seems at first glance a cookie-cutter assertion of in medias res, and each with their own variations on just how it should be done. And the market numbers driving this outlook are most certainly straightforward; there is a reason certain forms strongly resembling tropes work so well.

Good advice from the Dollars: Keep calm and watch Durarara!!Nor is the alternative in this case without its tropes and clichés. But where the shape and rhythm can slip by unnoticed in a quick hit like FLCL, the early episodes of Durarara!! can try the patience. They’re not bad episodes, but structured to a specific purpose.

Nonetheless, for so nearly sycophantic an ode to Ikebukuro, the Brain’s Base team really did work out a functional, compelling story that at some point genuinely overcomes the absurdity that few storytelling media can create. Headless love, and such. Yeah. Never mind. Just, you know, watch. When you’ve got the time. It’s worth it.

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Image note: Top―Major players in Durarara!! (L-R): Izaya Orihara, Masaomi Kida, Mikado Ryugamine, Anri Sonohara, Shizuo Hewajima. Left―Just another one of those. Don’t look at us, we just found this thing along the way.