Fiction and Fantasy

Category: Writing Advice & Philosophy

  • Discussion: Fan-made vs. Official – A Double-Standard?

    Guess who got internet back? 😀 You guys ready for a juicy discussion? Okay, so I’m a huge fan of Star Wars. Which means it’s been heartbreaking to see the fanbase splinter over the past few years. Love Disney’s Star Wars content or hate it, I think the acquisition is one reason so many fans […]

  • Defining Relatability

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”1 20th Century Fox 1987 via GIPHY Relatability can mean different things to different people. When I was studying storytelling, character relatability boiled down to “Make characters who are real people.” This meant making characters who possess qualities that are […]

  • In Defense of the Damsel

    Photo by Hailey Kean on Unsplash For a long time, the “damsel in distress” has become almost as much a death sentence for a character as calling them a Mary Sue. Critics sneer at female characters who need help or—heaven forbid—are captured. And goodness, if your character is kidnapped more than once, well, that’s just […]

  • Top 5 Things I Learned at Realm Makers 2018 from Tosca Lee

    I’d been to all of one writer’s conference before, and it was probably the furthest out of my comfort zone I’d ever been. It was a small conference at a camp a good three- to four-hour drive away from my home state. Three days to spend with approximately forty strangers. I knew no one; I […]

  • Captain America: Flaws vs. Weaknesses

    Note: Made a slight revision to this post after I watched the new Avengers: Endgame trailer and remembered just how bad Thanos is. My apologies for the slight mistake in information. This post will contain spoilers for The Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and […]

  • Hype: When Others’ Opinions Affect Our Experience

    I finally got caught up on the deluge of Marvel movies. It took my more cinematically-informed friend sorting through the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s must-see’s and optional’s, but several weeks and six films later, I was finally ready to see the big one—Avengers: Infinity War. My friend tried hard not to say too much about it, […]

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