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I've seen Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I swear it looks like the director has read your commentary --or, at least, a commentary similar to yours--, because the sequel really looks like how you wanted the first movie to be, for the most part. I suggest watching it cautiously.

I forgot until I read this question that I actually wrote something about the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

Maybe I'll go see it? I've been super bored and unimpressed with the last few Marvel movies I watched, and going to the cinema is kind of an ordeal at the moment due to health issues.

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I think you said sometimes that you had a prolonged college education. Was it because you started a course and didn't finish it? I ask that because it happened to me and I'm looking for advice as to choose a right course so that I don't abandon it again. (If you feel comfortable talking about it)

I did drop out of the very first course I started after a few months, but later stuck with my undergrad even though I knew about halfway through that it wasn't what I was going to be working in.

I'm glad I dropped out the first time because I would have been miserable, and I'm glad I stuck out the undergrad because just having the bachelor's degree opened doors I wouldn't have gotten into otherwise.

My advice: if you find something that's at least tolerable, see it through to the end because having that degree really makes a difference, but don't stay somewhere that's draining your soul if leaving for greener pastures is feasible.

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"13 Reasons Why" seems to be the new YA craze. Interested in commenting it?

I didn't know this was a book until I read this question.

It seems mildly more interesting than the last few YA crazes.

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What do you think about Emma Watson as an actress and feminist icon?

No real opinion on either. I haven't seen much of her non-Harry Potter movies, haven't paid much attention to her activism.

It probably gets at least some people to suspend whatever anti-feminist biases they've built up, which I guess is something to be applauded.

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How would you do it if you were writing a fantasy book and it had to be gory and grimdark?

I recommend reading NK Jemisin's The Fifth Season to answer this question (and also because it's totally boss).

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In your let's read of the Kvothe books you mentioned several times how the dialogue is paired with an action. But Rothfuss also makes another classic amateur mistake, that is adverbs in dialogue tags (i.e. quickly asked). What is your stand on adverbs being used that way?

I actually don't have a problem with this, as long as it's used in moderation and to convey elements of speech that can't easily be shown in the dialogue itself. So "asked quickly" is actually fine because I might not be able to tell the character was speaking quickly just from their dialogue, whereas "asked skeptically" isn't, because I should be able to realize that the character is being skeptical without being told.

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Should I take it from your lack of posts of the Wheel of Time that you don't like it as much as when you were a teenager? Personally, my problem with the Eye of the World is that is kind of repetitive: dream with the bad guy, run, dream with the bad guy, run, and so on.

Yeah, it appeals to me far less now. In hindsight, most of the problems that would go on to define the series are evident right from the start.

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Have you played Night in the Woods yet? If so, consider this a glowing recommendation. Seriously, it's great.

I'll probably get to it once I finish with breath of the wild (so in like a month).

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Oh, sorry. I asked your dog is pretty and what his name is. Sorry, but my English is not still very good. I only speak German.

Her name is Eve! She's very cute :3

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Warum hast du nicht meine Frage geantwortet? :(

I don't speak German :v

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Okay, since this is apparently a gripping dilemma on the internet, how do you like your steak?

Well done. Meat must never show a hint of pink colouration. Rare steaks are an abomination.

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Is your cat friendly with your dog? Do they cuddle? :3

...sort of? When they're both in the exact right mood? Kind of?

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I'm a writer, and I'm wondering if it's a good idea to show off your writing talents. I was strongly opposed to the idea, because I thought it would make me look like a pretentious dick. But I think I shut myself too much--even my friends don't know that I write. Have I gone too far?

I think it depends on why you're doing it and who you show it to. There's a difference between talking about your hobby with close friends and family and shoving your manuscript onto casual acquaintances.

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Do you think Moonlight won because the Academy actually gives a fuck about representation of gay people in movies? It probably was because in the past the Academy was faced with controversy for lack of diversity and they wanted to fix it someway, not out of some desire to improve the world.

I mean the best scenario is that they gave it the award because they legit thought it was the best movie, politics aside.

If there was some ulterior motive behind the voting, I'd wager it had more to do with La La Land being the alternative. There's probably at least a few academy voters who looked at the criticism they've gotten for being out of touch and how people reacted when they gave the award to The Artist, and realized that a best picture win for a throwback to 40s technicolour musicals would torpedo whatever cultural credibility they had left.

(A more depressing possibility is that at least some of them are hoping this will make all the #OscarsSoWhite controversy go away so they can go back to rewarding mainstream mediocrity and movies that tell them how great they are)

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What do you think about the whole "I'm not feminist, I'm equalist" argument? I think it's kind of petty and pointless to argue semantics. When you say you're a feminist, people already know what you mean.

There are probably some people who think they're making an actual point, just like there are people who think "all lives matter" is anything other than an anti-BLM motto, but 90% of the time it comes off as nothing but a bad diversionary tactic.

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I saw a video on the internet that said: "if anyone tells you're not talented, don't listen to that person. Your opinion is the only important one. Rowling was rejected at first and look where she is now". I think it's a bad approach because you will not learn as a creator. What do you think?

It's bad for several reasons.

1. "Talent" as people imagine it isn't a thing. People don't have an art gene that they're either born with or without. Your skill at any given whatever is a combination of factors, some of which are outside your control but most of which aren't.

2. "Your opinion is the only one that matters" is sort of true, but only in the specific context that ultimately you have to be the one to parse the reaction and feedback your work elicits and decide what to make of it. It doesn't mean you should ignore what everyone else says and bravely forge ahead, heedless of all warnings and advice. You'll probably fall off a cliff or write Save The Pearls or something.

3. Financial success and actually being good at what you do aren't the same thing at all.

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A lot of writers were sometimes drunk while they were writing. Have you ever tried it? Is it as cool as they say?

One time I wrote while I was really sick, does that count?

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You mentioned reading the Steel Remains on Twitter, are you going to do a review or read of it, and hopefully more GRIMDARK fantasy in the future?

I'll definitely be reviewing it.

As for more grimdark fantasy? Yeah, probably.

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I'm sure you said sometime in the past that The Dark Knight was overblown. What don't you like about it?

It's too long, the editing is choppy and chaotic, a lot of the dialogue is total bullshit and the joker gets annoying about halfway through.

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Regarding that retweet, do you have something agains tees in general, or just those shitty bustedtees ones? I think some tees can be very creative.

If you're asking whether I have a problem with t-shirts the answer is no (I'm wearing one right now!). What I hate is nerd shirts that take two or more properties and lazily slap them together. It's indicative of the nerd tendency to keep endlessly remixing and driving favored properties into the ground instead of just letting them exist as they are.

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What's the shittiest job you've ever had?

Ticket collector at Croke Park, the (at the time) largest stadium the country. When Dublin were playing it was absolute chaos: massive over-crowding, belligerent fans, people trying to sneak in, drunks vomiting at 10 in the morning...

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Do you find it weird that the same demographic of people who lost their fudge at the Richard Spencer punch and seem squeamish at the idea of aggressive resistance in general also loves movies like Star Wars? Or did I miss the part where Luke convinces the Death Star to leave with reasoned discourse?

I think there's two forces at play here.

The first is that the Empire (/the Capital/the Third Reich/insert fictional or well known historical regime here) has, by the time Star Wars begins, long since passed the point where its evil and injustice is obvious. Movies are good at depicting this stage of an authoritarian world, but they're not so good at showing what leads up to it; people expect some obvious point of no return rather than a gradient with no clear transition point (the prequels, for all their flaws, actually depicted this pretty well).

So that's one reason why people don't realize that we're witnessing the beginning of an authoritarian takeover of the US. The other reason is that they don't want to believe it. Many will go on not believing until well after it's too late, and may even continue to insist that the regime didn't exist after it falls.

So for those two reasons, we will continue to see hand-wringing about all the violent rhetoric from the left even as Trump's government sends up one honking red flag after another and the Nazis become more and more emboldened.

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In a few months there's going to be a TV adaptation of "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. I recall you said that Gaiman isn't your bag, so I think you could comment better than anyone on the show, right? ;) (Sorry, no €100 euro bill this time, I'm saving for the Nintendo Switch, which looks great, BTW)

Maybe the series won't involve the characters faffing around and wasting time for ages and ages.

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I know it's kind of a cliche question, but now I'm searching something new to read and I want to know some of your favorite authors.

I don't tend to have favourite authors, honestly--even if I super love a particular book, it's rare that I'll find the rest of the author's bibliography particularly interesting.

Instead, here are some books I liked recently:

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
Dead Wake and The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
Under The Banner of Heaven by John Krauker
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (currently reading, but it's very promising so far)

And I recommend Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro to everyone because it's one of my favourite books.

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Are you Ronan the Accuser, by any chance?

It me

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