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Anonymous said: Hello! I read the "45 things I want to see less of in stories" and saw *Magic without consequences and I wonder if you could explain that? Because I'm writing a story with magic and I could use some help on that point thank you :)
Basically, they’re talking about the use of magic with no limits or restrictions. It’s a plot killer, because if your characters can use magic whenever they want, however they want, with no negative consequencers or drawbacks - then, what exactly are you writing about? Your characters have conquered their fate, so to speak. Nothing is standing between them and what they want, because they can use magic to clear away the obstacles no problem. And that is boring. Conflict drives story. Magic without consequences subtracts the conflict. Forcing your characters through the motions of struggle at that point doesn’t make sense, because the whole time, your reader will be thinking, “Well, they can just use magic, right?” Even mortal peril will be unconvincing.
TL;DR Magic without consequences = deus ex machina = story death.
If you want your characters to use magic, but still want your story to be at least kind of believable, then you’ve got to impose restrictions. There are a number of ways you can do this. I’ll use Harry Potter since it’s familiar: In Harry Potter, underage wizards are not permitted to use magic outside of school, and if they do anyway, they’ll face expulsion and may never be able to use magic again. Wizards that are of age can’t use magic around Muggles (except in certain emergencies) lest the Muggles uncover their existence. There are also in-universe enforced laws on how you can use magic - killing people with magic is illegal, for example. Ditto mind control and torture. And the magic itself is limited. You can’t conjure up food out of nothing, as Hermione famously chastised Ron in Deathly Hallows.
Your characters may need extensive training before they can use magic. It may drain them of energy, so they can only use it in a real pinch and not again until they’re restored. Certain types of magic may be illegal, or too dangerous to perform without extreme precautions and advanced knowledge. The magic itself may be unpredicatable, it could have a mind of its own and only work when and where it wants to. It could be limited to very small changes. Maybe the only people who can use magic are women.
Magic can and should help your characters achieve their goals, but if you’re using it to give your characters a free pass to do whatever they want, then it’s a problem.
I hope that helps!
You are allowed to be happy while also being sick
It doesn’t make your illness, pain, or fatigue any less real
It doesn’t make your struggles any less valid
Don’t let anyone make you feel like you should have to hide or diminish or put an end to your happiness in order to prove something about your illness
IF THEY TRY THIS, THROW GLITTER AT THEM AND MAKE YOUR ESCAPE
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Nobody gives the black girl mob credit for being smart as fuck. They clown but at the end of the day they are really intelligent.
And it’s not subtle at all.
Taystee is a math prodigy in addition to being well-read, Poussey is multilingual, Cindy just knows shit, Suzanne studies Shakespeare, Watson was a good student in addition to being a track star, Vee is basically an evil genius. Piper often learns the most from them; they taught her how to fight and helped translate Pennsatucky’s biblical threat.
The show flat out acknowledges the (academic) intelligence of the black inmates time and time again, but the audience collectively ignores it.
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this is it. this is the most important gif on tumblr.com
no okay but let me tell you a story
so at school I’m generally a pretty quiet person. I talk to a few people, I have a few friends, but I keep to myself a lot. So anyway, during lunch I’m on tumblr mobile, and this thing comes up. I put the gif onto full screen, and kind of half laugh at it. Then this guy who I have literally never talked to before walks by and then slowly back up and starts looking at my phone screen. I try to explain what I’m looking at, but really, how the hell do you explain this? Anyway, he waves over one of his friends so his friend comes over and looks at it. I’m still sitting in my chair, and we are all still completely silent. Soon more people begin to gather. 12 people, to be exact. 12 people, many of which I have never spoken to before, standing in a large, silent, ritual-esque circle around my iphone which is playing this gif on loop. After about five minutes, the first guy goes “how long is this?” and I was like “uh, its, um, its a gif, so it kind of goes on forever.” he nods and says “perfect”. These were the only words spoken throughout this whole event.
Men still have trouble recognizing that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition and common sense. A woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel. - Natalie Dormer