The thing that keeps me from watching these shows is the bland use of tropes and the unrealistic dialogue. I've noticed that when tropes are used well, they blend into the story. But in shows like Buffy, Angel, and Firefly, they draw attention to themselves because they're not properly woven into the story. They're just used as is without embellishment or nuance.
The dialogue rubs me the wrong way because of all the unrealistic snark. There's this constant sarcasm, glibness, and repartee between characters like Xander and Willow. I don't know how else to describe it except that it's unnatural and...not real. Like, some of the lines Cordelia has on both Buffy and Angel make me cringe superhard because they're just so bad. Maybe part of that has to do with some of the actors over-acting, but I think the problem mainly lies in how their lines were written.
I think this was useful to realize this because it made me start looking at situations and portrayals in terms of realism and authenticity. (And made me realize why I find some scenes and lines so jarring).
Like with Dragon Age. For all of DA2's flaws, the plot was believable to me. Kirkwall was a problem waiting to happen. The Circle was full of corrupt templars and mages willing to do anything to escape. Meredith and Orsino were both trying to do the best they can to protect people. Elthina was someone who could've prevented the endgame events from happening, but she didn't. Anders is living in this environment, trying to go about helping mages through peaceful means. But no one will listen, and as he watches his friends fall one by one, the only likely option that will result in change now is to force it himself.
That's believable to me. But a portion of DAI's main plot isn't for reasons listed under the cut.
Idk why my brain just started arguing this just as I was waking up this morning. But I recall there were some people on tumblr that were arguing that they should've replaced Cullen with Aveline or Samson. Because that would've been more interesting.
Side note on Cullen and Samson:
What's interesting about Cullen and Samson is that they're both victims. Cullen was tortured by blood mages in Kinloch Hold. And Samson was booted out of the templars for passing notes between two enamored mages. The two of them are just trying to survive, though Cullen's survival is more mental than physical (in DA2).
Samson's cynical about the templars and thinks they're chained, but he's still chained too even though he's no longer a templar. He's addicted to lyrium, and in order to satisfy that addiction he's out begging on the streets. He smuggles mages out of Kirkwall, just trying to survive.
Cullen still believes in the order, whereas Samson despises it. Even in DAI where Cullen believes he has no place in the order, he still believes that the templars are necessary. Samson, on the other hand, just continues down his path believing that the templars have fallen.
I'm gonna have to think about this a bit more, but I find it interesting how much these two have in common, yet are completely different people.
Also, I think I really like Samson.
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In any case, I feel I'm getting closer to what I have in mind though a lot of experimenting/learning about how other options affect other features.
Also, the reason she doesn't have a scar the last two images is because I updated to the latest patch which apparently removes the scars, and in some cases ages up the character. The latter of which I think has to do with certain complexions as I noticed there were about 3 that were like, woah, extreme. There's also the issue of really shiny hair, which I think is most noticeable on black hair (god it's awful).
There's a fix for this through the command line here: http://forum.bioware.com/topic/
I think I'm gonna give it one more month until I stop putting a cut before any spoilers I share. Not sure, might depend on how many people finish the game before then.
In any case, I wanted to bring this bit of dialogue between Varric and Blackwall up as it pertains to something that was debated in the fandom for a while. So there will be spoilers regarding this matter.
Overall, I think it just requires a lot of patience and room for experimentation. I've taken screencaps of the specs I used so if I want to retry I don't have to start from scratch again. So that may be something ppl may be interested in trying.
( I broke up the spoilers with spaces. The breakups go Haven>After Haven>Specific Quest. You'll know the breaks when you see them. )