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Creepypasta Critique: Rusty Fingers

Posted in Creepypasta, Narrations, Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

Lately I’ve noticed a distinct pattern whenever I write a creepypasta critique. Normally I’m gushing over the really good, well-known pastas, and share with you why I find them so enjoyable. Today’s going to be a little different.

You likely have never heard of Rusty Fingers, and that’s a good thing because it is a pretty bad pasta. CreepsMcPasta’s narration makes the tale bearable, but only just. I think the reason he did was because it takes place in the UK and there’s not many pastas that are set in his neck of the woods. In my opinion, he should have kept looking.

The basic writing is very annoying, especially in the beginning where some words are repetitive and details are scant. No idea who these people are really, the how close they might be as brothers, what they’ve been doing on their trip or why they even choose as their destination. Just that they have a room and have been staying there for awhile. It’s a rather careless way to write both characterization and text.

The only place where the author has any sense of creativity is the physical appearance of the villain and his mutilated, child ‘partner.’ there’s little explanation for why this monster is saving people or why his victims seem to accept this notion so easily. Whatever Rusty Fingers is doing to people’s minds it’s not enough to creep me out.

At the very end the protagonist finds his brother dead. Oh well, I guess. It’s not like the author gives us a good reason to get emotionally invested in him. *yawn*

Rusty Fingers is a great example of a bad pasta. The author had enough determination to churn out a very short story with a strange monster, but there’s clearly very little effort given otherwise.

Does anyone out there have a good story that takes place in the UK? I’d love to see some.

Creepypasta Critique: Candle Cove

Posted in Children, Creepypasta, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

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Who doesn’t love this classic creepypasta? It was one of the first tales I found scattered across the internet, thanks to a YouTube channel called theLittleFears which I recommend checking out. Childhood nostalgia, internet lore, and a little twist at the end are just some of the things which make this tale so unnerving for readers, and we’re going to take a close look at it today. You can read a version of the story here. It’s not a very long read.

The basic gist is that forum members are discussing Candle Cove, an obscure kid’s puppet show about pirates from the 1970s. As more and more details come to light, it becomes quite clear that the show had a strange and eerie nature that wasn’t appropriate for children. There was even an episode where the characters did nothing but scream the entire time. Eventually one of the posters discovers that their mother never perceived this show herself, instead observing that they would switch to static and watch it for thirty minutes, implying that the show never really existed or was impossible for an adult to view.

So many things about Candle Cove are so creepy because it is ambiguous in almost every way. Not only is it very obscure, it’s hidden behind time, memory, and the lack of recollection of those who were adults at the time of it’s airing. It takes time for forum members to piece together their memories of the show, and it creates a nice buildup to the climax of the screaming episode and final twist. The fact that puppets are part of is is just icing on the cake.

The screaming episode is an important aspect that makes this strange television show even more mysterious and unnerving. Scary things often make little sense. If fact when events do make sense, or can be explained away, the less terrifying they become. Once we understand whatever was scaring us, it’s no longer ambiguous; we know with certainty if it’s a threat and how to deal with it accordingly. An episode with no plot and the characters in a constant state of terror is more than enough to unsettle any viewer.

The format here is effective as well. The different usernames, writing styles, topic description, and block paragraph format are ubiquitous to an average internet forum. It easily gives the reader a similar feeling to lurking around a real forum page, heightening the experience.

In all seriousness, there’s no real criticism  I can offer at this point. Candle Cove is a short, sweet creepypasta that leaves quite an impact. It’s damn near perfect.

Thoughts on Contagion

Posted in Dangerous Diseases, Movies with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Stephanie Selby

Well it has been quite awhile since I have posted here on my little blog; an eternity by internet standards. Life have been changing for me since my graduation and made keeping up with the site difficult, especially since I’ve been in a bit of a bind for ideas and have had a hard time working up to doing any writing. I’m sorry that I have taken such a long hiatus and I plan to do more in the future. I just have to learn to stay focused, which I’m sure is going to be an interesting challenge.

So I saw Contagion last weekend, I highly enjoyed it, and I feel like talking about it here. This is really more of a critique than a review, as I don’t want to write around important events in the film. It’s going to be a simple analysis of the film and its events. This is going to be a spoileriffic article; you have been warned!

Contagion is supposed to be a realistic depiction of a serious pandemic affecting the world and how officials deal with the crisis. I think they managed to capture what might happen in such a situation rather well.  It’s also really refreshing to see a disease movie treated this way instead of an overblown end-of-the-world type disease where Hollywood has to skew scientific facts to create a fictional deadly pathogen. Another thing that’s always bugged me about most films that deal with scientific issues is that scientists always seem to oversimplify things in their dialogue, even when they’re talking amongst themselves. It’s not a realistic way for scientists and other types of experts to talk amongst their colleagues. The closest the film comes to a heavy-handed explanation is when Dr. Mears explains disease transfer to Michigan officials.

The only real problem I have with this movie is the story of the blogger Krumwiede with his reporter friend Lorraine and the French doctor Leonora that was ransomed. They didn’t appear often and I had difficulty remembering who some of them were. There was a scene or two with Lorraine and I couldn’t remember who she was until she had another scene with Krumwiede. Leonora’ s story pretty much ends with her desperately running back to a town in Hong Kong and it’s not known what comes of that. It honestly makes me wonder if there are some extra scenes with them that were left out of the final cut. Don’t get me wrong, these characters were written for an important reason; the inequalities between countries and to question the ethics of who gets treatment first when there’s only a limited amount of resources. While I understand why these scenes were important, it might have been better to downplay them, tell these parts of the story from more established perspectives or cut them out of the film entirely.

Strangely enough the part I liked best was the explanation for how the disease first arose. After all the devastation that this disease has caused,  the audience gets to see how the disease was formed and spread to humans. First from a sickly bat that few to a pig’s farm and finally to the cook that prepared the pig. Even after the human population has recovered from this, the chance to see how it all began is a reminder that this disaster has a simple cause. It’s easy to imagine that something like this could actually happen.

A new story is coming soon, and boy is it weird, even by my standards. If you know anything about me, you know that’s saying something.