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12 Ways Wonder Woman Was Actually An Anime

Clickbait title?  Riding the coattails of a hugely successful franchise?


So, Wonder Woman has been insanely successful.  It had some cool stuff going on but was not my favorite movie.  I had several problems with it, mostly happening after Diana leaves Themyscira.  But I'm going to put most of them aside to talk about why Wonder Woman was actually an anime, despite being live action, full of white people, and made by 'Merica.

I'm working on the assumption that you've seen anime before in a quantity sufficient to familiarize yourself with its tropes, so I'm not going to go into detail about why these are tropes and how long they've been around.  Also going to assume you've seen Wonder Woman and not going to worry about whether I'm spoiling anything for you.

Blessed From Birth
From birth Diana is special.  She's the only child on her island and basically does whatever she wants.
Like lots of chosen ones.

Accidental Boob Grab
Okay, that's…

Power is Power

Oh, hey.  Is it June?

Howdy friends.  Today I'm fawning over a new favorite world, the world of the Craft Sequence created by Max Gladstone.
No I'm not asking you to read 5 books.  There are two more stories within the world that you can explore as interactive novels, plus Gladstone is contracted to release a sixth novel with, then future novellas within the world until his contract is up.  I'm asking you to read so much more!

So with that stellar pitch out of the way, what are these stories about?

Imagine a world where power is money is influence is law is utilities is faith is forces of nature is magic.  Welcome to the world of the Craft Sequence.

Humans learned how to use magic, called Craft, and used that to kill off most of the gods in the God Wars.  Now craftspeople are the CEOs and lawyers and stock brokers in a world they blasphemed for.

*again with the crap pitches*

Okay, we'll try it this way.  A bit about Three Parts Dead, the first book written in …

Okay Dave!

Hey, two moth hiatus, no biggie...

Things I learned while I was out:
1.  Working on sad/intense stories is fine, as long as you are getting good/fun/happy things back into your life somewhere else.  You can't pour yourself out in more than one or two areas without going dry.
2.  Being an ML (municipal liason) is tons of fun.  If you love NaNoWriMo and love helping other writers, it's highly recommended. 
3.  Save all your writing all the time.  Every day you work on it, back it up in three places, at least one of them cloud based.  Jesus saves, but apparently Madeline needs practice.
4.  I want to keep working on my novels in progress, but I think in the future I am going to try to focus more on interactive storytelling.  The more I play in that genre, the more I like it.
1.  I finished NaNoWriMo 2016 with 23,712 words :D and a lot more story to go.  Not winning, but considering where my brain was during that time, I'm happy with that progress.  (See Things I Lear…