Tag Archives: Hero

Five reasons good Dungeon Masters aren’t great.

Five ReasonsThe title of “Dungeon Master” is odd. In most circles, it’s either meaningless or translates to “permanent virgin.” To a select group, it’s a title of respect. But there’s no test for it. Like writing, once you’ve decided you’re a Dungeon Master…you are.

That doesn’t make you any good at it.

Even good Dungeon Masters often fall short of greatness. Here’s five reasons why. Read More →

ASK JASON ANYTHING: The Bad Writer/Good Friend dilemma

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer. (Read more at www.jasonrpeters.com.)


My relative wants to be a writer, and she keeps giving me her work to read. It’s AWFUL. What should I do?

It’s never easy to criticize someone you like. Or at least, someone whose feelings you don’t want to hurt, whether you like them or not. Family connections are the most intricate, but even an acquaintance can trap you with those dreaded five words:

Tell me what you think.

This can become the cerebral version of “Does this make me look fat?”

For the individual who is both kind and honest, there is, unfortunately, no right answer.

But there are a few charitable approaches that tap-dance with the “wrong” answer:

You suck. Read More →

Best Supporting Actor? This is an outrage! (but not really)

Here's my card
“Here’s. My. Card.”

So … no surprise here, Heath Ledger posthumously won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

What a travesty.

Best supporting actor?


I think not.

I don’t care that Batman is technically the title character. Nor was I displeased with Christian Bale’s performance; quite the contrary. The script gave him far less to work with than Batman Begins, but that’s par for the proverbial course. The character was already developed. What else can you do…short of introduce a major catalyst?

By the written plot AND by Heath Ledger’s jaw-dropping performance, The Joker is the primary moving force in The Dark Knight. The characters react to him rather than the reverse, all the way to the bitter end. He’s the cause for the Title Drop and all the events leading to it, not to mention completely stealing the show from the intended Anti-Hero.

He managed to take something Older Than Dirt and make it completetly original.

And Ledger’s Joker is giving even Hannibal Lecter a run for the money for my favorite Big Bad of all time.

Although at the moment I may sound like a gushing fanboy, for someone as cynical and critical of all things as I am, that’s no small feat. Ledger played the lead as far as I’m concerned.