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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2017-04-07 15:34
Subject: Speculative Fiction Dialogue 101 (or, Why Hainly from Mass Effect: Andromeda is not bad writing)
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Location:In my chair
Tags:bad writing, bioware, mass effect, writing

So, as some people may be aware, Bioware has recently apologized for their presentation of Hainly, a transgender character from Mass Effect: Andromeda.  Some people have attacked the character and her dialogue for being a badly written character with bad dialogue.  Regarding this, however, there's something that I think needs to be explained (and, to be fair, this isn't obvious unless you've spent a few years writing fiction at a professional level) - it actually wasn't bad writing.  To explain why, well, it's basically "Speculative Fiction Dialogue 101."

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