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About imlad

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    The Geeky Hippy ​ 😎 ​
  • Birthday 07/29/1973

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    Science Fiction and Fantasy (both written and on film/televison), watching YouTube videos (educational: science & history; entertainment news), watching science and history documentaries, trying to ignore American politics and smoking as much cannabis as I possibly can. (It do be legal here, ya know)

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  1. Superfluous details like skin color, eye color, and hair color matter not at all outside of Rand and his similarity to the Aiel. The details with Rand are the only ones that have any plot relevance. There is no plot thread hinging on Lan's eye color, or on Fain's skin color. Nor is there any plot that relies upon the skin/hair/eye color of anyone other than Rand. Get over your superficial nitpicking of details that have no real bearing on the story. Concern yourself more with "can the actor chosen perform the part they were cast for better than anyone else that auditioned?" That is what is important here, not matching up every character perfectly to their physical description in the books. If that was the primary objective in the show, Rafe would be screwed, because I'm pretty sure there aren't many ~20 year old men with broad shoulders that stand 6'5"/6'6" tall with grey eyes and red hair (or blond with a red dye job) that can act well enough to be number one or two on the call sheet, and handle the demands that the role of Rand calls for down the road. Mostly because there really aren't that many men that fit that physical description, and very very few of those men have gone into acting. And Perrin? Hell, Jordan describes him as being more bulky and muscular than freaking Dwayne Johnson! How many guys with that build that stand 6'2" can act well enough to portray Perrin do you think there are? Are you willing to sacrifice acting ability just for physical appearances? If so, then you really want the show to fail, because bad acting is a sure fire way to get the show cancelled after one season due to poor viewer ratings. So use the brain evolution gave you and get over the superficialities. And none of those details are "large details" at all. They are small, minute details. A large detail would be Rand being tall, or Perrin being fairly strong looking, or them being from a small remote village. Or Lan and Moiraine being strangers who come into town dressed nicer than anyone had seen before, with Lan wearing a strange color changing cloak. Seriously, your priorities are considerably frakked, mate.
  2. Uh... what? I know I didn't smoke that much, that I'm not that high right now*, but I know you're trying to say something, and you used a lot of great words and phrases, but I don't get how they fit together and say anything as a cohesive whole. I'm totally lost reading that. Sorry mate. What did you say? 🤔 * It is legal where I live (as it should be), so please, don't kavitch. 😎
  3. Pretty darned interesting. Not sure I can totally buy into the concept just yet. I'll need to think on it, and perhaps get sold on it some more.
  4. You know, I think you're doing this on purpose. Initials for people's names are common across multiple languages. In fact, I have yet to hear of a language that uses the Latin alphabet that doesn't initialise people's names as in the example given (Mat Cauthon = MC, or Moiraine Damodred = MD, or Perrin Aybara = PA). Why the frak would "main character" be capitalised, it is not a proper noun? You say you never saw anyone do names like MC for Mat Cauthon, well had you seen anyone do MC for main character? I didn't think so. And again, how many frakking thousands of times did you see the name Moiraine in the books when you read them? I know it wasn't spelled Morain in the copies you read, unless you got some incredibly black market hand written copies in a back alley somewhere. It is Moiraine Moiraine Moiraine Moiraine Moiraine MOIRAINE MOIRAINE M-O-I-R-A-I-N-E. Do you get it yet "Eldir"? Huh Endir? Can you see yet how it is spelled Elnir? Say it with me... em oh eye ar ay eye en ee. If you want to be taken seriously and not as some crackpot who can't read or has no reading comprehension, spell the name correctly. And why are you talking about characters missing from upcoming books? The books are done and over with. Do you mean the television show? Television shows have seasons or series. Books are written word. Video, you know, moving images, are on the screen, and are different from books. Nobody else around here is talking about stuff in upcoming books, we are all talking about the first season/series and beyond. Why can't you? Okay, sure there could be a language difference, but follow the lead of others, the example others are setting throughout the forums here when talking about the show. That should be an excellent guide to teach you the appropriate words to use. You don't just get to make up your own terminology (or spelling of a character's name, or initialision of a term, "main character") as you wish. tl;dr -- MC is an initialisation of a name which would be a Mat Cauthon (in the context of the show). Moiraine Damodred is how her name is spelled. A television show is broken up into seasons or series (depending on which country you live in), not books. You have had it explained to you. This is how it works in English. If this isn't your native tongue, now you know. If it is your native tongue, what the frak is wrong with you. Use it correctly from now on please, or just keep it to yourself instead of making youself look silly. Twice now you've had this all explained to you. At least.
  5. When I read "MC" I read it as Mat Cauthon as well, just as Effete did. Typically, initials are for people's names. If you want to say "main character" (which is not capitalised) then say main character, or at the least don't capitalise the letters as one would for a person's initials. I've got to say the cause for this miscommunication was yours. Oh, and that Aes Sedai... her name is "Moiraine," not "Morain." I mean, how many times did you read that name with just one read through of the series? You can't lay the blame for that on any potential language barrier.
  6. For Be'lal, the most useless of all the Forsaken, I think Malcolm McDowell fits rather well. He's a great actor, excellent at playing the baddies, and even matches the physical description of the character.
  7. She's scary in Luther and His Dark Materials. She'd make a great baddie, that's for sure, if she was available, but it appears she'll be tied up with HDM for a couple years. So I'm settling on my original Elaida pick of Maria Doyle Kennedy (who many are thinking is either Verin or Siuan for some reason, despite not being anything like either of them in any way, whether in looks or roles played -- besides, Siuan is about the same age as Moiraine, and Kennedy's a fair bit older than Pike).
  8. I'm straight, but I'll concede he's rather pretty.
  9. A casting idea that has just occurred to me (while watching The Magicians) that I wish could happen, but probably can't (since she's involved in the above show, assuming she doesn't exit at the end of this current season) is Stella Maeve for Faile. And to forestall anyone potentially saying she's "too white" and that this would be "whitewashing" the role (this is the internet, that kinda stuff happens), she's Native American, Blackfoot and Cherokee to be specific. And I know her age, but she looks and plays younger than that quite readily. Pipe dream, I know. [Note: The imdb pic does not do her justice at all! It's probably the worst pic I've seen of her]
  10. 1) Only bigots have any reason to use the term "SJW crap," so you might want to reconsider using that phrase in the future. Only those threatened by the concept of equality fear social justice and those willing to stand up for it. So why do you have a problem with SJWs? How do they threaten you, what do they stand for that threatens you so much? You mentioned Storm, Superman, Wonder Woman. Basically all SJWs. 2) Please, provide textual evidence from the books showing where Perrin, Nynaeve and Egwene are all described as being white. I'll wait. We'll be here a long time waiting of course, but I'll wait. While I am waiting, how did you feel about Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine? You must really have hated seeing him play that character for so long, right? I mean, some guy, standing over 6' tall playing the 5'2", 5'3" character must really have gotten under your skin. I bet you never watched a single one of those movies, huh? And you probably never watched the television show Arrow, because Oliver Queen never had that mandatory goatee and mustache, or even that yellow-blond hair. And of course, The Flash is out, because we all know Barry Allen isn't some skinny 20-something, he's a well muscled guy a bit older than that, and Iris West isn't black either. Hey, did you find that proof in the books yet that the people in the Two Rivers are white? Why don't you go read the scene when Rand meets Elaida and Morgase in Caemlyn and see what they have to say about skin tone there; I seem to remember people bringing that scene up a lot when this discussion first happened in the weeks right after the casting occurred. I'll just go back to watching my telly until you respond with the results (I'm actually expecting you to go look: EXTRAORDINARY CLAIMS REQUIRE EXTRAORDINARY EVIDENCE, and claiming that they are white, just because you say so, is pretty extraordinary, so I expect evidence... all you need to do is find your copy of The Eye of the World and look for the scene in the palace in Caemlyn... shouldn't be too hard...) (((Ignore this Quoting Box above, I accidentally pasted something from another post I did and now I cannot get rid of this frame, only what was in it))) 3) Unlike most people on the internet, I'm adult enough to admit when I am wrong about something. I will take you at your word what you said about your screen name and your history (I know all about having a pretty unique screen name, and having it for a long time). For my assumption, I apologise. For everything I said directly connected to that assumption, I apologise. I hope you are adult enough to accept those two apologies. That, however, does not change my opinion of your stated opinion and attitude as it comes across in the text of your comments.
  11. This right here is a sign of emotional, mental and creative deficiency, the lack of ability to identify with "the other." The ability to identify with the "other" is a sign of maturity and humanity, it is what people should be striving for. I am a white, male human. Yet I never had trouble identifying with Hobbits, droids, Elves, black characters, female characters or even aliens with no gender. Why? Because am an emotionally mature human being with an open mind. If you can't identify with a character that is different from you (be it by race, gender, species, etc), it isn't a problem with the character, it is a problem with YOU. You are the one who has the flaw, not the character, or the one playing the character or the one who cast the actor playing the character, or the one who wrote the character. It is the person who cannot identify with that character who is flawed, who has the problem, who is deficient. If Jesus Christ existed up in Heaven he would be incredibly ashamed of you right now. And I find it telling that you only have what, two posts to your credit on this forum with this account. That tells me you are someone who just created that account so you could post on this thread and be and be a Trolloc's hind end without revealing your normal account. You're too embarrassed about your views to dare speak them publicly under your standard account because you KNOW how dead wrong you are. You know that this attitude is dispicable, something the likes of Louis Farrakhan or David Duke would say, and you're too ashamed of it to post such a comment under your real account's name. I dare you, come clean. Post this with your other account...
  12. Well, I've found that you can never be too cautious with people and the whole nonsense concept of spoilers (which at least one scientific study at a university has shown to be bull excrement; I can provide links if anyone is interested). People have said it was a spoiler that Perrin wasn't in FoH, or that Luke Skywalker was in The Force Awakens; yes, even though the press made a big deal about all three original actors being hired to reprise their roles for that movie, some people were still big enough idiots and crybabies to call that a spoiler. People will call just about anything a spoiler. And they actually believe it is true, even when the psychological studies done have shown that "spoilers" don't ruin movies or books or shows, but have the opposite effect in most cases. I know of people who refuse to watch trailers or commercials for shows and movies "because spoilers." ::smh:: (I guess you could call me a largitiophile, "largitio" being Latin for "spoilage," since not only do spoilers never bother me, but I often actively seek them out.) So other than the one you and I have already mentioned, which Black Ajah sister's reveal bothered you the most?
  13. Obviously, this thread has major spoilers in it, all the way through to the end of the story, so if you haven't finished and you are one of those who believes in the commonly held mythology of the spoiler, please navigate away from this thread now, before you see something that you will think ruins your reading (or potentially viewing) experience. (Even still, I'll be using spoiler tags, just so the more sensitive readers don't pick up anything.) . . . . So, we all know that in the end it turned out that was a Black sister, and I'm pretty confident that probably 95% of the readers shouted out a Vader-like "Noooooo!" and almost threw their book across the room at learning that fact (I almost did, just as I did when Ned lost his head, and when the Red Wedding happened -- ooops, spoilers for another franchise... eat it folks, I dunna care!). That reveal was pretty devastating since . But what other Black Ajah reveals bummed you out, or upset you? Made you feel bad, sad, disappointed, or angry? For me, I would have to say it was learning that was a Black sister. That was almost as big of a blow to me as was, as I really liked her character a lot throughout the series. I always enjoyed her scenes and her interactions with Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne. She had a nice personality, I thought, and seemed like a kind hearted person. But apparently her desire for political power within the White Tower was so great that she was willing to sell her soul to the Dark One and join the Shadow, becoming a member eventually of the Supreme Council of the Black Ajah (despite, supposedly -- according to the Wiki -- not holding their views). So which reveal wrecked you, or at least upset you in some way, other than ?
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