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First Guest Post

After a long time I’ve finally returned to my blog. So I decided to do something special, for a change. I’ve written my first, guest post. You can read it here:-

https://thewriterguyblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/book-of-the-week-19/

Enjoy!!As always suggestions are welcome

BVS: The Dawn of Injustice

In light of all the hate surrounding Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice. I just wanted to make some things clear:-

Alright, this may be a bit long, but absolutely necessary I assure you. I am an avid comic book fan. I love reading them, when I first saw Ben Affleck’s first look from BVS, I didn’t lose my marbles over how Christian Bale was better etc.
He may be better, or not, that is not the question. But, Affleck looks better, especially in the role of Frank Miller’s Batman from The Dark Knight Returns, shades of which are abundant in BVS. The story is based in a reality where, Batman is aging, world weary and darker in general. Most people have objections regarding this. It’s idiotic. Ben Affleck’s Batman, is a representation that sticks to the source material, in a way that only few movies have managed (read: Deadpool) Understanding the distinction between the normal Bats and the Batman of BVS is key to comprehending the movie. All those critics complaining about the stagnant nature of superhero movies, this IS a respite, but most people are just too blind to see it.
Two things have been cropping up in all the reviews of BVS, it could have been funnier/entertaining and, the lack of the “versus” in BVS.

Firstly, this is not a giggly romcom. It doesn’t need to be funny, to be entertaining. I don’t think there were many jokes in say, Shutter Island, but, it was entertaining. The fault lies with audience as a whole, we have created a bias where every superhero movie should be like Avengers. Typical leave your brain at home affair. Now Avengers might have been a great movie, but after the entire seeing Phase Two, I cannot help, but hope for a slightly intellectual alternative. Complex characterization, a plot that truly tests the resolve of these characters in a explosive mix, spiced up with delicious CGI, that is what the DCU is giving us. Now all those bickering about the excessively philosophical elements of BVS need to understand one thing, DC has always heralded stories that are different in nature, Sandman, Batman:Arkham Asylum etc. The problem here is the view that comics are nothing more that a light entertainment media. DC has not accounted for the imagination of the audiences, or a lack thereof.

Secondly the “versus” issue, let me get this straight, people wanted Zach Snyder to establish Bats, set up Wonder Woman and the Justice League, without it seeming like a massive setup, ( read:Avengers 2) create a conflict and resolve it all within 2 hours or so. Well, I think Snyder and team did a great job. The problem is again, lack of  familiarity with comics, BVS can never be a mano-y-mano, winner takes all deathmatch. The conflict has always been that of ideologies. I can rant for hours covering minute details of their respective ideologies ( believe me, I have.) But at the end of the day, the only way to have these two titans in a conflict is have one party unwilling to fight. It was the same in BVS, and in TDKR, also in the beginnings of Injustice, I think.

That being said, BVS has many delights for one familiar with the source material. The amazing setup for JL, the powerhouse performance by Jesse Eisenberg, in complete contrast of the cold, detached Luthor of the comics, being some of them. Among these is the apparent ability of Bats to forget his “no gun” rule. I think that this, put together with a small dream sequence, after which a certain JL member drops by, is one of the major Easter Eggs. For those who have seen the movie and remember the dialogue please google Injustice: Gods among us, the comic by DC. That may or may not be the direction in which DCU is heading, if they are, boy we are in for a treat.
Again I’m in no way saying BVS is a flawless work of art, but does it deserve to be ranked with the likes of Catwoman and Green Lantern on CinemaScore?
Nope.

Blogging 201 Task 2

As a part of Blogging 201 I intend to put up a different post for each task. This is the second of those. Well starting off then. The assignment is as follows:-

Today’s assignment: audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog to make sure they’re consistent and focused — and make one update to reinforce it.

Well my main focus is and always will be my stories. I do realize that this does limit my audience so I try to create a amalgamation of both, my story ideas and personal experiences. Like my story Gaijin, which based upon my experience of being bullied. I feel that this does help with reaching a wider audience.

My blogs theme reflects my target audience, I think. It is very simple, designed to facilitate reading, but I feel there is still room for improvement, in this regard.

My title is, as I have told in an earlier post, about my own character which I have created long back, Creed. And since all this will eventually culminate in a novel staring him, (I hope) its only appropriate that my blog is known by his name.

I can’t really shake that feeling that my blog is still missing something though, let me know if you can help with that, and I’ll be really grateful.

So do you think I need to focus on something specific regarding my blog? Let me know in the comments.  🙂

Share Your World 2015 – Week #49

All images taken from pixbay.

What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

My ideal birthday present would be a Tolstoy book collection. 🙂 I am an avid reader and currently I am completely blown away by the work of Leo Tolstoy. Anna Karenina in my opinion is the most profound novel ever written. Actually, any book will make me just as happy.

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What color would you like your bedroom to be?

Light Blue, the sort of colour that adorns the sky on a clear day, and I would like to paint a mural on the opposite wall.

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Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

I would!! I stay in Mumbai and have seen very little snowfall all my life. So snowy winters are somewhat of a mystery to me. So snowy winter any day.

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Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

Well, neither really, but since the question has been asked, I’d rather bathe.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m really thankful now that my exams are ending. I can finally focus on some stuff that I’ve wanted to do for a while. I just joined the Blogging University Course 201, I’m really excited to see where that takes me.

Share My World is hosted by Cee Neuner, so a big thank you there.

Blogging 201 Task 1

As a part of Blogging 201 I intend to put up a different post for each task. This is the first of those. Well starting off then. The assignment is as follows:-

Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals. 

Goal 1:-  Identifying the scope of my writing talents and striving to improve them.

I have always considered myself a writer at heart, stories come to my mind frequently. With a ready platform like WordPress, I am, for the first time in many years, in a position to share my storytelling. I intend to do that exactly.

Goal 2:-   Gaining at least 500 followers by the end of May 2016

Gaining a follow, is a joy unparalleled. To me it indicates that there is one person out there, interested in reading my work. It fills you with a substantial enthusiasm to come up with new works. That being said, I don’t expect overnight success. I know that these things do take time, and that is reflected in my objective.

Goal 3:- Finally penning down Chronicle.

I actually have the entire plot of a novel with a protagonist  in my head. Not entire, to be honest, but the major elements are in place. I do intend to pen it down someday. But before I do I want to familiarize a large group of people with my characters, thereby helping me fine tune characterization.

So yeah, that’s me. Let me know what you think. Also if interested check out my other stories I appreciate any and all feedback.

Gaijin

Here is a little short story representing my struggle with fitting in socially, a struggle that I hope I am well past, its a fictional short about a boy with a load of issues, written in first person and has a twist at the end.

Gaijin, is the Japanese word for “outside person”. The opinions vary on whether this word carries a negative tone or not, but for me, it always carries an air of exclusiveness. I can almost hear the searing negative connotations associated, no matter what some scholar says about it, Gaijin is, and always will be a derogatory word to me. And as my fate would have it, I’m always a Gaijin.

My father, you see, has one of those jobs. One where he has to travel all around, with almost no fixed duration of work at a single spot. As a direct result, I am always pushed into a situation where I have to stand in front of a room full of strangers and introduce myself anew. But they don’t really care about my name or my hobbies, for them I’m just a minor distraction in the middle of the semester. I never bother making friends, as I’m just waiting to be an outsider in some far off place again. Despite making my father run all around, his boss doesn’t pay my father as handsomely as one, working as hard, would normally be paid. What that means for me, is that we cannot always afford the best of schools; I’ve been sent to pretty rough places. At first I used to get kicked around, a lot. All I remember from that time is how hard it hurt. They tore my books, ransacked my bags, ridiculed my every behaviour. Eventually I learnt affecting a extremely repulsive persona. No one wants to mess with the foul-mouthed, perpetually enraged, loner. It keeps the bullies off my back, and it turns making friends into a near impossibility. I have grown accustomed to the trade off.

The teachers are another story, they all are extremely kind to me. As if they know my pain and are privy to some secret unlike me. On account of all this I’ve learnt to study on the go, and if I do say it myself I’m quite good at it. I usually ace the tests and then we celebrate, father cooks pasta for us. But all the celebration doesn’t change a simple fact, it’s just a matter of time before I am no more than a Gaijin again. As a result of my stressful life I am prone to scary dreams. It’s just the one really, a car crash, sounds like my subconscious knows something I don’t. Sometimes I end up too sick to attend school, at that time I am reminded of a simple fact. That my father is the greatest person I know, hats off to him. He takes every effort to ease my suffering. He takes painstaking efforts to ensure that all our lodgings look virtually the same. He also figures talking to a psychiatrist once in a while will help, I never understood why he thought this necessary, not until today. I eavesdropped my father, talking to one of the psychiatrists today. What is wrong with my son he asked her. The reply is something I could never fathom.

“Your son has suffered massive psychological trauma. As a result he has constructed an elaborate fantasy where you are changing cities for your job so he doesn’t have to fit in with anyone. His mind conveniently forgets the appearance of his classmates as a part of the same. He calls himself a Gaijin, and every three to four months starts feeling like one anew. I’m afraid that the bullying that he was subjected to was too much after suffering the loss of a parent. He may fully recover soon, with the right attention, but only time will tell.”

Plague

What I saw that day, I would never forget. It was something I had never seen and hopefully never would see in the entire remainder of my life; even now I see the sight right before my eyes sending shivers down my spine. The Vision is what I’d call it, left me branded with dread. What I had seen would come to pass in a matter of weeks; in fact it might have already started, the sheer panic left me shaking uncontrollably. The Vision showed me the one thing that entire humanity dreads, secretly in the most private confines of their minds where everyone is nothing but a repressed mess of fears, fear of loss, fear of heights, fear of water, fear of fire..But one fear trumps them all, the fear of Death. Nothing makes a man tremble and lose function more than the realization of death creeping up on him. The Vision foretold the end of the whole mankind, what is worse I saw it all happen. It wasn’t all glamorous and heroic like shown in those apocalypse movies. There was no hope, no chance of survival, first came the Plague, one that had never had been seen before, all our medical expertise and the enormous funding poured into a cure went to waste. I saw the Plague spread faster than any disease I have ever seen, the screams of humanity signaled the onset of dawn that day. Then came the Famine, the Plague affected our crops more than us, I saw the entire world starve to death in a couple of days, then I realized the carnage would never end. This Vision had to be prevented; I had to use my skills as a apprentice of the ancient order of mystics who have steered the world towards a better cause for centuries. I intended to manipulate the one thing that shouldn’t be manipulated, time.
The way I figured the only thing humanity lacked to battle the plague, was a prior warning, I could supply that and everything would be okay, yes that was something I could do, thus I set out to find the book that detailed the process to manipulate time, I found it, the process was a simple one for a prodigy of the ancient arts like me. I acquired the ingredients required without letting the brothers of my order know, as this meddling with the flow of time, was forbidden and the order is strict about these matters. The ritual required a precision that I was not accustomed to, I reversed the state of time all right, but botched up the location at which I would end up.
This is how I ended up at this dump, full of strange creatures and me for some strange reason stuck to a chair, for some reason all of them in white, long flowing coats writing some drivel on their books and notepads, they could be the members of a rival order. Did these crazy people realize how important my work here was? Their lives depended upon it, my life depended upon it, the morons. I tried to scream, no sound came, I tried getting up nothing happened. That is when one of the fools in the strange room lit by white lights pointed at me and asked his colleague about my identity. 
It’s the reply that has sent me down this  memory lane, and left me entirely confused and frankly dumbfounded. The other guy said, “He is the famous fiction writer Argus Creed, he was involved with a major car accident, we suspect massive brain tissue damage resulting in lifelong disability.” “It’s all too sad really, his new book was to be released tomorrow, you might have heard of the book, it is called , “The PLAGUE”.                             .