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- threads & profile hashtags thread -

"legacy" thread where i used to put all my threads from both accounts,
which will gradually be deleted as the individual threads go into the new thread tag(s)

queer.party/@valenoern/1036120

also, featured profile hashtags because those are strangely inaccessible on mobile phones

queer.party/@valenoern/1046971

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silly USSR-themed historical fiction ideas, & why I think of them 

I want to be clear:

I take a nuanced position on real-life communist governments, I don't uncritically accept everything China does or anything

I just think they are a really fun basis for not-very-serious historical fiction that is very under-explored.

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silly USSR-themed historical fiction ideas again, "Atlas Shrugged" 

do you think if you lived in the world of Atlas Shrugged, there are actual communist countries in there

and everybody is just ignoring them as hard as they possibly can

this makes me imagine that there are just /a ton/ of communist countries everywhere - so it's like this hyperbolic embodiment of the author's worst fears

and the people in that book are the last holdouts trying really hard not to become the final domino.

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capitalist farming horrors; "Animal Farm" 

it's really kind of funny how Animal Farm starts as a fun little cartoon fable,

but the moment you decide to represent global capitalism by bringing in imagery of capitalist industrial farming it really becomes an actual horror story.

in fact i almost feel like there would be *no comparison* between how effectively Animal Farm defends capitalism and how much this one would make you question how big a sacrifice is worth it to fight communism

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yesterday I realised that "trigger" could have been very trivially fixed by making the main character a female who is lesbian

ideally they would have started with that and it would have coloured all the rest of the decisions (in a good way),
but I feel like they could almost have done everything else the exact same as they did and it still would have been better.

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I have to say, finding out that the answer to "what kind of a name is carmilla anyway?" was

"a lesbian vampire name"

is one of those things that really left me dazed

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*in a very out-of-the-blue way as if the universe has only just finished loading*
YOU'RE BACK, TARO! πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

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[main character's actor covers "" OP]

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background conservatism, "ready player 1" 

(the main focus of that fic was just showing how little RP1 understood about any of the media featured in it by going really in-depth about how the characters relate to ultra series.

but given that in the real world ultraman fans have to deal with this increasing tonal clash between both mildly-progressive and distressingly far-right themes in it, naturally there was a possibility of 'liberal vs conservative fans' coming up)

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background conservatism, "ready player 1" 

this premise takes me back to the time I was imagining taking "ready player one" and flipping its "privileged white male gamer" perspective on its head by making things so Wade was one person with a backward worldview (as much as a teenager can even have a worldview) in a rapidly changing world where some of the players from other countries are just like 'wade why are you like this, you could be less of a dick' and he looks really bad in comparison

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

this sounds a teeny bit like the structure of some Twilight Zone episodes

but I think those two things really would have a similar feel to them.

this would just be a bit wackier, perhaps longer, and less sanitised into something that doesn't 'look political'
(though as I said, I wouldn't want it to deliberately slant the truth about the things it was covering either.)

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

either way I like the idea that,

although there's like a teeny 2% of the story that makes you almost worried it may /actually/ turn into a conservative screed story where the main character gets regarded as a hero,

by the end the main theme becomes something more like "the house always wins" - if you think you can outsmart casino rules for riches or a genie for contradictory conservative utopia you'll end up looking like a fool.

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

maybe the story would be more funny / interesting if the guy actually did get infinite wishes original-Aladdin-style

then it's just a matter of him being completely terrified to make any wishes without really thinking it through,
knowing that while in theory he has plenty of tries to outsmart the genie, in practice every single wrong guess will have consequences.

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

story idea:

conservative finds a genie bottle,
makes a wish for peace

the next day he wakes up and finds his nation has flipped over to communism

the genie explains this was the quickest way to end wars because in any other scenario the choices of billionaires were always eventually going to lead to the country attacking other countries

he only has one more wish,
and his task is to figure out if there's any wish with an outcome he won't find horrifying.

misogyny, far right; silly story idea 

"why does the main character wish for peace when he's this specific kind of guy"

my image was this is one of those people that tries to say 'no, I'm one of the good ones. you see, Libertarianism is less extreme than regular conservatism, because I believe in Freedoms and I'm not going around talking about blatant theocracy or women as mere household tools for men'

nobody would phrase it like that of course.
but I've met a number of people like that

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

meanwhile, the central thread of the story is like,

protag is really trying to figure out how the genie thinks just enough to understand how wish results work while trying hard not to surrender any of his own unlikeable (but sadly plausible) views

this, of course, is very hard because it often means he fails to have /any idea/ how the genie thinks or how he could possibly find a wish that won't backfire.

but he has to find that wish, Or Else Communism

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

the main character is like, going around trying to be the hero of an ayn rand book who's going to show the other millions of people how bright he is and how stupid communism is

and the genie is just like, i think you'd better not do that thing, you're going to look very stupid and indeed you might get in trouble with the government

and this is just kind of the backdrop to things.
he is always on the edge of getting in trouble but never quite does

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

the rest of the story plays out like a weird parody of things like "1984" and "atlas shrugged",

where the protagonist is going around being horrified at everything but instead of this being The Obvious Truth it's clearly just the personal opinion of one individual.

imagine the story is somewhat realistic and balanced, not just trying to tell you what to think

but the protag really has his mind made up and is kind of obnoxious

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silly story idea, communists in fiction 

story idea:

conservative finds a genie bottle,
makes a wish for peace

the next day he wakes up and finds his nation has flipped over to communism

the genie explains this was the quickest way to end wars because in any other scenario the choices of billionaires were always eventually going to lead to the country attacking other countries

he only has one more wish,
and his task is to figure out if there's any wish with an outcome he won't find horrifying.

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