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The New Weekly Survey Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Believe it or not, that's actually a fan fic i've been planning on writing for a few months now.
     
  2. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    DOOOOO EEEEEET! :rolleyes:
     
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  3. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    :news: HERE IS a SURVEY FLASH!

    I have been buried in fiction for a few weeks now (mostly my own, but also studying and learning from others'). So, a fiction-themed survey:

    1. Best (professionally published) short story you've ever read?
    2. Best (professionally published) novel you've ever read?
    3. Best not-yet-published work of fiction you've read (fanfic counts)?
    4. Best-written of the canon Muppet stories (i.e. those produced or licensed by Henson or Disney - film or print)?
    5. Your favorite Muppet fanfic, if you have one?
    6. Best-written TV show currently running?
    7. Best-written film?
    8. Worst book of fiction you've read (in terms of the actual writing, aside from theme or subject)?
    9. Worst-written TV show?
    10. Worst-scripted film?
     
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  4. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    1. Best (professionally published) short story you've ever read?
    Tie between "The Cask of Amontillado" and "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."

    2. Best (professionally published) novel you've ever read?
    My tastes change from year to year...right now, going to go with The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

    3. Best not-yet-published work of fiction you've read (fanfic counts)?
    Duh. "Kermie's Girl."

    4. Best-written of the canon Muppet stories (i.e. those produced or licensed by Henson or Disney - film or print)?
    I feel like "The Muppets" (the movie) is possibly the most enjoyable of all the Muppet films: romance, intrigue, silliness, and obscure in-jokes.

    5. Your favorite Muppet fanfic, if you have one?
    See answer to #3.

    6. Best-written TV show currently running?
    I'm a season behind on "House of Cards," but that's up there. Really liking the plotting and character development on "Daredevil."

    7. Best-written film?
    Arty: "Wings of Desire." Pop: "Cabin in the Woods."

    8. Worst book of fiction you've read (in terms of the actual writing, aside from theme or subject)?
    Anything by Nicholas Sparks or Danielle Steel, with Nora Roberts a close third. At the bookstore where I used to work, we would read each other aloud passages from these authors, which were always hysterically awful. I'm talking Tommy Wiseau levels of awfulness.

    9. Worst-written TV show?
    Soooo many choices. Even discounting all of reality TV. "Dark Matter" was so terribly, obviously, a "Firefly" ripoff.

    10. Worst-scripted film?
    "The Room" had a script, right?...And recently I had the exquisite agony to sit through "Star Crash," an early Hasselhoff lo-fi sci-fi which MST did a fair job of shredding.
     
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  5. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    1. Best (professionally published) short story you've ever read? I always enjoyed The Ransom of Red Chief by O.Henry
    2. Best (professionally published) novel you've ever read? Well, I know one of my favorite book series has to be the Sammy Keyes mysteries. I'm a little too old for them but, the way Wendelin Van Draanen writes the stories really makes you enjoy the characters. Sammy is so relatable that sometimes I forget i'm not reading an autobiography. And the plot twists are always genuinely clever and unexpected
    3. Best not-yet-published work of fiction you've read (fanfic counts)? I really haven't read enough of those to know, but I suppose D'Snowth has put out some really great SST fanfics
    4. Best-written of the canon Muppet stories (i.e. those produced or licensed by Henson or Disney - film or print)? Well, if we're including Sesame Street films here, Follow That Bird is my all time favorite movie of all time. If we're just talking Muppets/fantasy films than The Muppet Movie (1979). The characters were at their best developed and most enduring by that point, and so many of the jokes were on point
    5. Your favorite Muppet fanfic, if you have one? So far I really enjoy the ones D'Snowth and Ruhanna have put out
    6. Best-written TV show currently running? Ooh, that's hard because there are so many great shows running today (Shut up D'Snowth ;)!) But so far the best show i've seen in a long time has to be Stranger Things
    7. Best-written film? That's a toughy. I'd say one of the best written films i've seen so far was The Incredibles. In my opinion, that's the perfect way to structure a screenplay
    8. Worst book of fiction you've read (in terms of the actual writing, aside from theme or subject)? The Sesame Street/Looney Tunes crossover fanfic I wrote when I was five.
    9. Worst-written TV show? Hmm... how about I just say all of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 70s and call it a day ;)
    10. Worst-scripted film? Welp, I don't wanna say The Room because that's too easy. So i'm gonna have to say The Little Panda Fighter (look it up)
     
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  6. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Good choices all...though I have a few bones to pick with the Stranger Things writers about the season end ep. Too many threads hurriedly tied up; it felt too slapped-together to me, though I still enjoyed it, and am looking forward to season 2.
     
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  7. 1000 Eyes

    1000 Eyes Well-Known Member

    1. Best (professionally published) short story you've ever read? Tough... The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was a favorite of my younger days, but if I really had to choose I'd probably go with Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Lion's Mane. It's not a very traditional Holmes story but it's my personal favorite. Also, despite Poe's writing style kinda confusing me, I'm kinda partial to Murders in the Rue Morgue as well.
    2. Best (professionally published) novel you've ever read? Probably Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None... but it's tough to choose.
    3. Best not-yet-published work of fiction you've read (fanfic counts)? The Life And Times Of Jim The Jinx, an ERS Novel on Sodor Island Forums. Considering most people here aren't die hard Thomas The Tank Engine fans, you probably have no clue what I'm talking about...
    4. Best-written of the canon Muppet stories (i.e. those produced or licensed by Henson or Disney - film or print)? Gonna cop out and say The Muppet Movie...
    5. Your favorite Muppet fanfic, if you have one? Never read any...
    6. Best-written TV show currently running? Thomas & Friends. That's pretty much the only current thing I watch RN. :p
    7. Best-written film? ...now that's tough. Gonna say it's between 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Die Hard, Silence of the Lambs, Jaws, The Princess Bride, you know what, screw it, I can't decide.
    8. Worst book of fiction you've read (in terms of the actual writing, aside from theme or subject)? Hmm... no clue.
    9. Worst-written TV show? No clue.
    10. Worst-scripted film? ...no clue.
     
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  8. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I agree, it wasn't quite the strongest episode, but for the most part i'm glad the writers opted more for character development than they did the scary monster part of it. I'm pretty terrified for season 2 because it's actually supposed to be darker and scarier than the first. I'm not sure that i'm ready for that. :concern:

    Anyway, here's a new survey:
    1. If aliens really are out there should we be afraid, and why?

    2. Should aliens be more afraid of us?

    3. Pick a space franchise: Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Howard the Duck?

    4. Where would it be cooler to pee, in space or in a golden toilet in a mansion?

    5.Who do astronauts call on when they have a problem, Houston or Whitney?

    6. Muppet Babies or A Pup Named Scooby Doo?

    7. Would you do a pig's laundry for free?

    8. Is love truly what makes a Subaru a Subaru?

    9. Howard the Duck: Yes or yes?

    10. Why do cows? Why do they?
     
  9. 1000 Eyes

    1000 Eyes Well-Known Member

    1. If aliens really are out there should we be afraid, and why? I'd be nervous at least.

    2. Should aliens be more afraid of us?
    Depends on the aliens of course, though if they want to take us over, they might succeed, given the unrest in the world...

    3. Pick a space franchise: Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Howard the Duck?
    Star Trek

    4. Where would it be cooler to pee, in space or in a golden toilet in a mansion?
    Uh....

    5.Who do astronauts call on when they have a problem, Houston or Whitney?
    Ghostbusters

    6. Muppet Babies or A Pup Named Scooby Doo?
    Muppet Babies I guess...

    7. Would you do a pig's laundry for free?
    Depends on the pig.

    8. Is love truly what makes a Subaru a Subaru?
    No.

    9. Howard the Duck: Yes or yes?
    Never even watched it.

    10. Why do cows? Why do they?
    It's a bigger mystery than Flight 19.
     
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  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    1. I'm not sure. I mean, if they really are out there, why haven't they conquered and destroyed us yet? Or, are they just sitting back and watching us do it to ourselves?
    2. Probably not.
    3. Star Wars.
    4. Space - you don't have to worry about shaking it off, flushing, or putting the seat back down.
    5. Houston.
    6. Why, Muppet Babies, of course!
    7. Sure.
    8. I don't know, I don't believe I've ever driven a Subaru.
    9. Merf?
    10. Because they're cows, and cows are idiots.
     
  11. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    At long last, I have been enlightened!
     
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  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    1. If aliens really are out there should we be afraid, and why? Well, this is something i've actually thought about for quite a while. What if they are out there but they communicate in completely different ways from us? Could they misinterpret our gestures as threats? What if they hurt us and they don't even realize it? What if they discover us and decide to take over earth because we're just dumb insignificant animals to them?

    2. Should aliens be more afraid of us?
    Perhaps. If aliens show up on earth, I have no doubt that many people would freak out and maybe react in the wrong ways. What if humans see them as threats when they really aren't. What if we bring aliens to earth to study them, but they immediately die because there's too much water in the air, or because they don't breath oxygen. And they can't ask for help because they may not know how to communicate like humans do. Or maybe most aliens are like stupid animals. Would they die out like the dodos because they're too trusting of humans?

    3. Pick a space franchise: Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Howard the Duck?
    Hmmm, I enjoy all of these (except for Star Trek... and Howard the Duck) While I enjoy Star Wars i'll probably go with Guardians or Doctor Who.

    4. Where would it be cooler to pee, in space or in a golden toilet in a mansion?
    My tushy deserves a golden toilet.
    5.Who do astronauts call on when they have a problem, Houston or Whitney?:


    6. Muppet Babies or A Pup Named Scooby Doo?
    Believe it or not I actually prefer "Pup". I mean, sure it was repetitive, but that's what makes Scooby Doo enjoyable. The voices on Muppet Babies always kind of got on my nerves.

    7. Would you do a pig's laundry for free?
    Pigs don't have laundry, unless they're Miss Piggy or Porky Pig.

    8. Is love truly what makes a Subaru a Subaru?
    No, it's capitalism. Capitalism is what makes a Subaru a Subaru :mad:

    9. Howard the Duck: Yes or yes?
    It was a trick question. The answer is always "no".

    10. Why do cows? Why do they?
    It's not about the "why" it's about the "how" :wisdom:

    You perverts! I have a wife and kids. Sickos.
     
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  13. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Princess Bride is also an excellent book. You get points for obscure Holmes & for my fave Dame Agatha novel.
     
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  14. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    1. Alien life very likely exists. I doubt any of them are aware of us. Humans are erratic enough to be scary.
    2. Yes.
    3. Star Wars. And how the frog is Howard the Duck a franchise?
    4 . Space.
    5. They call Mark Watney.
    6. Young Indiana Jones.
    7. Nothing is free but I would do laundry in exchange for bacon.
    8. My bro in law is a Subaru Ambassador. So for me it's sorta familial love, I guess.
    9. ...
    10. Just like me, cows want to be, close to yoooouuuu
     
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  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Ah hahaha! That's such a dad joke. I love it!
     
  16. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    1. If you were a fruit, which one would you be?

    2. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

    3. Of the "one joke" Muppets, which do you like the best, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, or The Count?

    4. With the firing of Steve Whitmire, who do you think Disney should fire next?

    5. My future spouse must have: _____

    6. For 10 million dollars would you... Dance the hula naked in front of your crush, or punch a guy in the face who's wearing glasses?

    7. If you became the performer of any Muppet or SST character, which one would it be?

    8. Why?

    9. Where is it?

    10. Do you hate really vague questions?
     
  17. 1000 Eyes

    1000 Eyes Well-Known Member

    1. If you were a fruit, which one would you be? A cherry.

    2. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I have no clue.

    3. Of the "one joke" Muppets, which do you like the best, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, or The Count? Let Zealand.

    4. With the firing of Steve Whitmire, who do you think Disney should fire next? Well aren't you a nice guy!

    5. My future spouse must have: _____ A personality.

    6. For 10 million dollars would you... Dance the hula naked in front of your crush, or punch a guy in the face who's wearing glasses? Well crap, for 10 million dollars I'd do either in a heartbeat! If I had to choose, the latter. I'll just punch him from the side... ;)

    7. If you became the performer of any Muppet or SST character, which one would it be? Take a look at my signature and you shall find out.

    8. Why? Awesomeness is awesome.

    9. Where is it? Long Beach.

    10. Do you hate really vague questions? Killing me softly with your survey...
     
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  18. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    1. If you were a fruit, which one would you be? A poisonous one, that way I won't be eaten.

    2. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? "
    Stormageddan Dark Lord of All", or maybe just Phil.

    3. Of the "one joke" Muppets, which do you like the best, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, or The Count?
    Definitely The Count. He's a bit more flexible than the others.

    4. With the firing of Steve Whitmire, who do you think Disney should fire next?
    That one crazy janitor who refuses to clean the CEO's bathroom and thinks he'll be the next Hannah Montana.

    5. My future spouse must have: _____

    A face.

    6. For 10 million dollars would you... Dance the hula naked in front of your crush, or punch a guy in the face who's wearing glasses?
    Probably the latter, as freeing as the first option sounds.

    7. If you became the performer of any Muppet or SST character, which one would it be?
    Big Bird or Oscar, or maybe Telly.

    8. Why?
    Because, that's just the way it is.

    9. Where is it?
    How should I know! Go ask your mom.

    10. Do you hate really vague questions?
    No, if they're vague, then I can answer however I like.
     
  19. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    1. A banana.
    2. Why would I want to change my name? It's my name, and I don't want to change it. I like it just fine. No one can take it. I'm proud that it's mine.
    3. The Count, just because he's awesome.
    4. No one.
    5. Class, and a kind heart.
    6. I'll take neither.
    7. That's a tough question....probably Count von Count.
    8. Because I'm fairly good at doing a Transylvanian accent.
    9. :confused:
    10. Ones that aren't straightforward like the above one? Sure.
     
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    1. I'd like to be a top banana, but I'm sure I'd only end up being a second banana. Actually, I think I'd be an apple . . . I'm already shaped like one.
    2. Aloysius Zimmerplotz
    3. Does Cookie Monster count?
    4. The hack writers.
    5. A great pair of legs. :p
    6. The latter, I can think of a jerk who would have it coming to him.
    7. Probably any character that has the inklings of a southern drawl in their voice.
    8. Why not?
    9. Under the bed.
    10. I never read VOGUE before.
     

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