Posted Nov 04 2011 - 05:27 PM
No replies? Oh well. Maybe this chapter will turn out better...BZpower 101 Part 4Turakii walked down the long hallway to the Bzpower 101 classroom. For once, he was actually early, so he would not be bursting into class at the last minute. He adjusted the bag on his shoulder, and opened the door to the classroom. He stopped dead in the doorway when he saw every single student sitting straight in their desks, waiting for him to begin. “Well...This is new.” Turakii said, slowly walking in and closing the door behind him. He walked over and set his bad on the teacher’s desk, and then looked the class. “I suppose you’re all excited for my long, boring lecture on the General Discussion forum?” Loud complaints arouse from all ends of the classroom. Turakii laughed and raised his hands. “I’m KIDDING! We’re going to finish covering the Comedies forum today.” Everyone in the class cheered as party hats appeared, and everyone laughed as paper airplanes soared over their heads. “All right, settle down, I can’t get started if you’re not paying attention.” Turakii said. He pulled out the projector remote and pressed a button. It wasn’t until after he pushed the button that he realized that the projector was already down, and yelled in surprise as it began to ascend to the ceiling. “NONONONO! Down, DOWN!” Turakii cried, pushing the button rapidly. The Projector ascended and descended just as rapidly, until the motor that moved it finally broke and the projector fell to the floor with a CRASH. The entire class was silent as everyone stared at the mass of broken and scattered electronics on the classroom floor. “So...Does this mean we can continue our party?” Gemini149 asked. “Yes, you can finish your party while I fix the projector. If I can’t, we’ll just continue on the whiteboard.” Turakii said. The class cheered and pulled out their party has again as music played in the background. While someone pulled a cake out of nowhere, Turakii looked into the hall to see if he could spot a passing janitor, or even better, someone who knew how to fix a projector. Several minutes later, Turakii had failed to conjure anyone remotely good with repairing electronics. The party was beginning to wind down behind him, and he needed to do something. He looked inside the classroom wildly. Looking back out, he saw Jalina walking down the corridor. “Jalina!” He whispered urgently. Jalina looking around, spotted Turakii and walked over. “Hey, Turakii, What’dya need?” Jalina asked.“Do you know how to fix a projector? Or have anything that I can use to fix it?” Turakii asked urgently. “I won’t even ask.” Jalina replied. “I don’t know anything about fixing projectors, but I do have this.” She said, pulling a silver roll out of her side bag. Turakii grabbed it quickly, whispered a hurried thanks, and rushed back inside. A few minutes later, Turakii called the class back to order. The class sat back down in their seats and looked up to see the projector held together with a lot of Duct tape. The projector was also attached to the ceiling in this manner. “Now that I’ve finally fixed the projector, We can begin.” Turakii said, pushing a button on the remote to turn the projector on. The projector whirred, beeped, sparked, made a lot of loud noises, and made a lot of smoke before crashing to the ground again. “...I guess we’ll be having our lesson on the whiteboard today.’ Turakii said, snagging a broom out of the closet and sweeping the broken projector under the desk. He also managed to sweep up a lot of dust. And dust bunnies. “Let’s see... Last time, we had just finishing the notes about how spam replies were not allowed in the Comedies forum.” Turakii said, looking at his notes. “we’ll continue this lesson with a few more general rules about the comedies forum, then we’ll get into what makes a good comedy.”“Our first rule in today’s lesson: Comedies in the Comedies forum MUST Be Bionicle Themed and not have excessive Violence or suggestive themes.” Turakii said, pulling out an old Overhead projector and placing an overhead on the projector. The Projector had ‘Turakii’s grocery list’ written at the top of the page. The rest was obscured by a piece of paper on the overhead. The class laughed when they saw the projection on the whiteboard. Turakii, who turned and saw the projection, began to stutter and quickly changed to the right overhead. “To continue: all Comedies must be Bionicle-related. It’s okay to have a non-bionicle character to a cameo, or be a minor character, but when you have three or four different non-bionicle characters, it’s not as funny, and may as well be in the COT forum. Bionicle Must be the main theme in the comedy to be in the Comedies forum.” Turakii said. “Also, comedies that have no Bionicle elements in them whatsoever belong in the COT forum. Here’s an example:Ask BitlI know, it’s not Bionicle Related, but it’s worth it!“This is a recent example of blatantly bypassing the rules, and is not allowed. It Belongs in COT if it is not bionicle related. I will be using this comedy as an example again later on.” Turakii said. He moved the piece of paper obscuring part of the overhead down, revealing the next rule. The rule stated: Report, Don’t post!”“There have been times when Members will post in a comedy just to say it’s breaking the rules. DON’T DO THIS!” Turakii emphasized. “If it’s breaking the rules, then just send in a report and move on. If you post about breaking the rules, you’re breaking the rules too!” Turakii told the class. “The only exception is if they post saying that someone posted after 20 or 30 days. Since there is no revival rule in the comedies forum, this type of posting is unnecessary. “Two more rules.” Turakii said, Moving the paper to reveal the rules. The first said: ‘Double-Posting is allowed ONLY for authors posting new chapters’ and the second said; “Plagiarism is not tolerated in the comedies forum. “I will be quick with these. The first one is important. The Comedy author is allowed to double post, but only when he is posting a new chapter. Don’t pester them about it, because they are not breaking the rules.” Turakii said. “The second is to the point. NO PLAGIARISM. Copying someone’s work, no matter how well it’s done, is not allowed. If there is a report of plagiarism, the Forum assistants will judge it on a case-by-case basis. Someone may have plagiarized, or the comedies may simply be similar.”“Now that we’re done with the rules.” Turakii said, shutting the projector off, “We can get to the good stuff: How to write a good comedy.” The class cheered again. Turakii laughed. “OK, let’s have a class discussion.” He said, pulling out a marker. “What do you think makes a good comedy?”“Funny jokes!” Tahurules12538 said from his seat. Turakii smiled and wrote it on the board. “Randomness!” A student shouted. The entire class groaned. “Randomness is overused in comedies!” Another student shouted. The entire class broke out in a loud argument, shouting over one another in an attempt to get their voices heard. “ENOUGH!” Kopeke shouted from the top of his desk. The entire class went quiet and stared at him. “We’re ending up just like the forum itself. We’re arguing so much about one thing and parroting each other that the good, sensible arguments aren’t getting heard, just as the good comedies aren’t getting read because of the mass of comedies parroting each other piled into the comedies forum. It needs to stop. NOW.” Kopeke continued, looking around at the class. “Either we can continue arguing about randomness senselessly, or we can continue with the lesson and figure what really makes a good comedy. It’s up to you.” He said, sitting back down in his seat. The classroom was silent. Turakii was quietly impressed. “Kopeke, that was an excellent point.” Turakii said. The entire class looked at Turakii. “many of you agree that randomness is overused, because yo like the idea, just as many new writers like and agree with what a more prominent writer has written. But there is also another reason; the idea is original. Ask comedies are so popular today because when the original Ask comedy, ‘ask Tahu’ was written, it was an original idea that everyone liked. The same goes for ‘the___ try to run a___’ comedies. Because they were original at the time.” Turakii continued, writing on the board. “and then people began copying the popular comedies, just as you began copying what each other said. It was original, and therefore, popular. However, now that the ideas have become copied and copied again, they have become repetitive and boring, and now, unpopular. Now, we can either complain about how unoriginal and boring comedies today are, or we can analyze what makes a good comedy so that you all can write your own, original comedies. What do you say?” Turakii asked, facing the class. Comprehension dawned on several masks and faces as the students began to understand what Turakii and Kopeke were saying. Several students began raising their hands. “I like to see good Spelling, grammar, and formatting in a comedy.” Gali said, raising her hand. “It’s hard to read a comedy when all it is one large wall of text, and the words are misspelled. I’m not as likely to read a comedy when there are hardly any spaces. “I also like to see high quality writing in both script and prose comedies.” Gemini149 called out. “In my personal opinion, lame jokes that have been repeated several times over, such as the Pie jokes, have become stale after the fifth time.”“Do you think this is an attempt to inspire in Script comedies and more Prose comedies?” Lewa whispered to Gali. “I don’t think so. In fact, there are a couple of comedies that break the writing mold entirely, like BIONICLE Interviews.”“...Was that just a blatant attempt by the author to advertise one of her comedies and alleviate the serious tone that just entered this comedy?”“Probably.” Gali said, as ideas and suggestions continued to be called out from all over the classroom. Soon, the board was covered in ideas, including original ideas, high-quality writing, subtle jokes, an interesting title, and better use of figurative language and imagery. “I have one!” tahurules12538 called out. “giving good feedback!” The class gave curious sounds. “Well, it’s hard to write a comedy if you don’t know if anyone actually reads it. It's also hard to continue to write when all anyone gets is 'KUTGW! And ‘10/10!’” he continued. “I’m going to try to give better, high-quality feedback, like the critics in the Comedy Critics Club.” tahurules12538 announced. “Excellent!” Turakii called out. “and that brings me to my final lesson today. Once you have written a comedy, you can request a review from the Comedy Critics Club, or the CCC. They give nice, high-quality, in-depth reviews, so you get an honest opinion of what’s good and what can be fixed. Getting a recommendation from the CCC can also raise awareness for your comedy, and therefore raise your reader count. It’s something that all of you should strive for.” Turakii said. At that moment, loud screams of excitement began to sound from the clock, and a minute later, the bell rang. “I should have known better than to ask the admins to fix the clock during Brickfair.” Turakii muttered as the class left the room. “Have a great day, Kids! Don’t forget what we’ve learned today!” The classroom was silent as the door closed behind Gali and Lewa. Turakii turned around and saw a piece of cake sitting on the teacher’s desk. Turakii smiled, grabbed a fork from under the table, and started eating the cake.