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May 8th, 2013 01:10 AM #1
Is anyone else bothered by these types of "games"?
I love to pass time on the Name Game Forum. It's fun and stress-relieving...but I keep seeing these games where there is an elaborate story that you are meant to choose names for, but the stories involve infertility, miscarriage, death of a child, etc. I am so disturbed by this. Am I being overly sensitive? It's an issue I've struggled with personally so maybe I have a stronger reaction than most? I just find this terribly offensive. Do others?Top 20Silas/Cyrus~Gideon~Jasper~Mack(Cormac)~Callum
May 8th, 2013 02:09 AM #3
I find some of them to be in poor taste, yes. I'm not bothered by them, probably because I don't see them since I rarely check that forum. I'd rather it be on the game forum than on the other forums presented as reality though. Why someone would want to pretend to suffer is beyond me. Life is hard enough, why pretend it's worse? Romanticizing tragedy must come from people who haven't faced the ugly side of life yet.Cordelia Eilonwy Snow | Thisbe Wildrose ● Damian Sparrow | Malachi Tristan Bjorn
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May 8th, 2013 07:36 PM #5
The BNGs are played almost exclusively by the <18 set (maybe the <15 set). To them the stories simply sound dramatic and result in lots of babies to name, plus some big life roles to sort out (usually the protagonist manages to get married and land a hot career in the same story). Even though they frequently involve infant or perinatal death, homelessness, rape, abuse, abandonment, heartbreak, and other forms of human ugliness, the plucky heroine pulls through, which is all that matters when you're a sheltered adolescent with incompletely developed empathy.
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May 8th, 2013 08:39 PM #7
But for the ones that aren't just lists of names, I believe they are a form of storytelling. They're a bit like role playing, and it's fine for the people who engage in them. I read a lot of YA, and many of the novels deal with 'adult' and 'disturbing' issues like rape and abandonment- and although most of these are a lot better quality than the name games, both are life- somewhat.
While I doubt that any of these games are inspiring, bad things happen. And while having twelve kids is highly unrealistic, even simple name games can show that you can make it through all the crud that happens in life.
*My other comment is totally not name related, but has to do with your comment about adolescence. I'm definitely not an expert, but I am one, so I would like to point out that the best reading makes you sympathize with the protag, and the books you remember have to do with issues that relate to your life. While some adults (I don't mean you) like to pretend that abuse doesn't happen, it does- and stories about people 'like you' overcoming horrible stuff is actually inspiring.~lucy reine~~ celestine eira ~ mary simona ~ elizabeth echo "ellie" ~ eleanor maeve "lena" ~ vivienne isla ~ celia matilda "cici" ~ catherine aiko "rin" ~ elsa verity ~~ jasper red ~ evander lachlan 'evan'~ kai nicholas ~ ezra link ~ avery thomas ~ michael satoshi "mischa" ~ finn jeremias ~ ezekiel hayden ~ alexander rowan "sacha" ~
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