Awesome Character #1: Milhouse Van Houten

So, I was playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out on my phone and was getting close to unlocking Milhouse when thought to myself about how awesome a character he is. Now, thanks to that random thought, my blog followers will be subjected to a series of posts concerning individual characters from whatever work of fiction I happen to like.

So, here’s the first character of this series: Milhouse Van Houten.Milhouse Van Houten - The simpsons

The way he’s drawn alone sort of screams funny (and adorableness), and the comedy bits that revolve around Milhouse poke fun at his misfortunes. Perhaps it’s because his life sucks so much that I find him so much more likable. Milhouse evokes sympathy and buffers it with comedy, and those two things are what I look for in fiction.

One of the most iconic Milhouse moments is where he’s playing a video game and enters his name as “Thrillhouse.” Thanks to old school games only allowing so many characters for your name, however—well, you can see what happens in this clip:

While searching for more Milhouse awesomeness, I came across this beautiful song by Allie Goertz which captures the hilariousness and sadness of the character with references to many of his scenes:

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9 Maybe-Important Quotes of Fictional Characters

“[S]ometimes dogs or people hate you for no reason.” – Homer J. Simpson

Captured by this guy.

Captured by this guy.

In the episode of The Simpsons, “The Latest Gun in the West,” Homer gives Bart some rather sagely advice: at times, a person (or dog) will hate you with no logical explanation.

The implied point (assuming Homer can imply things), is that where someone’s dislike of you is entirely unreasonable, you should probably just get over it and move on. Or, as it is in Bart’s case, you can get a movie star to smooth things over for you.

Secret option #3 is to follow the wisdom of a masked vigilante known as V: “Violence can be used for good” (this doesn’t count as one of my nine quotes, because I said so).

I’d go with the movie star route myself.

“All that is gold does not glitter,/ Not all those who wander are lost, . . .” – Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo BagginsPenned by J.R.R. Tolkien in the real world, and stolen by Bilbo Baggins who pretends he wrote it in The Fellowship of the Ring. The first two lines of this poem are supposed to be in regards to Aragorn, son of Arathorn, who lives most of his life as a wandering ranger doing awesome things for the denizens of Middle Earth (so long as they’re not from some foreign land in the east and south which he seems to know nothing about).

Both these lines are oft-quoted, with people using the first to say something is more awesome than it first appears. The second line is overused by literature-reading backpackers who like to pretend their drinking, off-the-beaten-path travels to the middle of nowhere, and attempts at hostel promiscuity makes them as cool as Aragorn. I mean, they might be cool, but those three things alone aren’t going to cut it.

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Major Influences #1: Old School TV

Old School TV Influences, TMNT, Voltron, Transformers, Power Rangers, The Simpsons, Married with ChildrenThis will be the first in a series of posts about fiction which influenced me as a writer and a person. Though I’m trying to find success as a novelist, it’s probably television that impacted me the most. My TV was my live-in nanny.

The shows in the image above are some of the more prominent television series I watched as a kid. Four of them include a whole lot of no-blood violence (Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesVoltron: Defenders of the UniverseTransformers, and Power Rangers). These shows had moral lessons here and there, probably at least one per episode, but they’re mostly about beating up bad guys. Watching these shows, I started my life long love of self-righteous violence.

Then, we have two infamous Fox shows, The Simpsons and Married… with Children.

Yes, I watched Married… with Children as a kid (it’s not all that crazy, considering the role Family Guy has in today’s society; then again, it probably paved the way for Seth MacFarlane). The main reason I started watching Al Bundy’s Continue reading