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If you refer to a character as "the black agent" when NO ONE ELSE has been referred to by an epithet, I'm going to back the fuck away immediately.

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Date: 2013-02-26 01:27 pm (UTC)
ruuger: (Mentalist: Jane/Cho)
From: [personal profile] ruuger
Ugh, yes. That's a huge peeve of mine in The Mentalist fic, where Cho is often referred to as "the Korean/Asian agent" (or, even worse, "the Oriental agent", though that one I've mercifully seen only a few times), when the others are just referred to as "the agent".

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Date: 2013-02-26 07:46 pm (UTC)
basedeltazero: (Default)
From: [personal profile] basedeltazero
Really, using epithets this way annoys me in general. It's one thing to use an epithet when the viewpoint character doesn't know the correct name (or just doesn't care), but what the heck is with people's love of referring to characters by anything but their name? I mean, I've seen the viewpoint character themselves get epitheted, and it's pretty awe inspiring...

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Date: 2013-02-26 07:51 pm (UTC)
musyc: Text only: English Major - If I say it, then it's a word. (Text: English Major)
From: [personal profile] musyc
what the heck is with people's love of referring to characters by anything but their name?

Very, very, very bad composition/writing teachers. Using names is repetitive, using pronouns is repetitive, using "said" is repetitive. (Rinse, repeat. >.> ) I see the reasoning behind it, where the students are supposed to be encouraged to be creative and expand their writing beyond the basic sentence but OMG is it often so poorly implemented.

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Date: 2013-02-27 03:09 am (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: murder and create)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Hear, hear.

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Date: 2013-02-27 08:34 am (UTC)
ruuger: Text: I can be very patronising when I mad.  But I'm always right, you know.  It's a heavy burden. (Always right (James Marsters quote))
From: [personal profile] ruuger
This is an excellent essay about what's wrong with epithets, namely that they are often OOC for the viewpont character, and that they reduce complex characters into a single descriptors.

(and it says a lot about the writer which descriptor they choose for the character)

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Date: 2013-02-27 12:32 pm (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
That is a beautiful essay - thank you for pointing it out.

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Date: 2013-02-26 08:24 pm (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Yeah, I agree with you on that. Utterly.

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