Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Captain Nemo ... and Show vs. Tell

Captain Nemo has requested that I give him an eye patch because it will make him look "awesome."

According to TVTropes, this eye patch will insinuate that he is "either 1) an experienced combatant or 2) secretly a badass." I think it is an attempt at subterfuge, since he is in reality a ninja, the sworn enemy of pirates.

I haven't decided if I like it or not.

Captain Nemo with his requested eye patch.

I also wanted to share this link with you. This article gives an excellent look at the old adage "Show, Don't Tell," which I have long felt was over-simplistic advice that clearly didn't apply to a lot of the greats, like Joyce Carol Oates and Flannery O'Connor, and so couldn't be as iron-clad of a rule as some people think it is (but I didn't exactly know how to articulate why this was so, or why it worked). Anyway, it's good stuff and worth reading.

Show, Don't Tell -- Exposed!


  1. Eyepatches also make someone more grizzled looking.

  2. Thanks so much for mentioning my article! I appreciate it.

  3. Sure thing! It was a great one :-)

  4. Thanks for linking that article. 'Show don't tell' is something I have trouble with, especially at times when I'm thinking 'I don't WANNA show'!

    Oh and I love TVTropes. I can waste hours of time on there :)

  5. Sarah: Yeah, me too. I've lately come across a lot of info on this topic.


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