Terrible original/published fiction?

Discussion in 'Fan Town' started by ChelG, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. TheSeer

    TheSeer 37 Bright Visionary Crushes The Doubtful

    I don't actually know, but I'd be very surprised if the deeply misogynist Ferengi weren't given that verbal quirk to make fun of human misogynists that predated TNG.
     
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  2. BaseDeltaZero

    BaseDeltaZero Shitposting all night.

    Possibly. Amusing, the name 'Ferengi' is based on the Persian word for 'European'.

    Also:
    Oh god. The laser whips. The jumping. It was so bad.
     
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  3. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Interesting point made by Satireknight: it's a weird combo of powers to have a super-empath who is violent at the drop of a hat.
     
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  4. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Screamingly obvious plothole; villain's plucky teenage son finds the secret dungeon wing of the manor where daddy is keeping kidnapped women. He promises to help them, and then goes off and enacts an elaborate two-year scheme to get a gun and kill his father, leaving the women there all that time, despite the fact that he obviously had a way to get in and out of the dungeon wing and could easily have brought them with him or fetched the keys. Argh!
     
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  5. bornofthesea670

    bornofthesea670 Well-Known Member

    Was passing an ad for a comic where the main lead was named Zhang Xiao

    I don't know chinese but that kinds looks like one of those "last name-last name" names, can anyone clarify?
     
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  6. Acey

    Acey our liaison—oh, it was poison, baby!

    I’m not certain at all, but as anecdata, I do know Xiaoxiao is a Chinese given name (there was a girl named that at my elementary school), so Xiao as a given name sounds plausible to me—but again, I know next to nothing about Chinese language or naming myself, so def wait for a response for someone who does.
     
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  7. Verily

    Verily surprised Xue Yang peddler

    I know next to nothing, but Zhang is one of the example surnames used in Duolingo, so I'd guess it's quite common. I did find some pronunciation videos from Ohio State University? Both of these seem to be in the top ten most common surname/given name lists. The channel says there is more than one tonal pronunciation for some of these, but only one is demonstrated for clarity. Doesn't say which dialect, but as this seems like intro course material, I'd guess Mandarin.

    Xiao as a given name, sounds like xiāo, the high tone, to me, but I'm not super reliable:


    Here's Zhang as a surname, sounds like Zhāng to me probably:
     
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  8. bornofthesea670

    bornofthesea670 Well-Known Member

    I've seen Xiao as a surname before, maybe they misspelled Zhao. Or it can be used as a given or surname.
     
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  9. BaseDeltaZero

    BaseDeltaZero Shitposting all night.

    Given Chinese doesn't really have 'spelling' and there are quite a few romanization systems, it's possibly a difference in opinion.
    Behind the Name claims Xiao is a place and used as a geonymic.
     
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  10. Verily

    Verily surprised Xue Yang peddler

    There are so many results for googling Xiao Zhang, a great many where it's clear very quickly that Xiao is the person's given name, that it's overwhelming. Zhang Xiao gives way fewer results, but there are still people, including 1700+ LinkedIn profiles for professionals with that name, reportedly. I'm getting the feeling that it's frequently written given name first when it's romanized. It doesn't seem like an unusual name as far as I can tell?
     
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  11. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Three cheers for characters who are supposed to be paragons of good who intentionally collapse mine tunnels on top of already-helpless opponents.
     
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