Is It Okay To Justify On-Screen Violence?

After all, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a smug jerk get the pointy end of the stick. Usually, my attitude is that viewers are free to enjoy or despise any moment in media. But is it justified? I’m not the moralizing type who screams ‘danger’ at a feather falling, you know? However, I think the issue is a bit more complex than ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

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Lessons From Pennywise: How To Terrify Your Readers

***This article does not feature spoilers for either the book or the film adaption of the Stephen King novel “It“*** Pennywise is one of the most terrifying monsters ever in literature. ‘It’ preys on the town Derry, is insanely creepy and feasts on the flesh of children. To say that Stephen King’s novel isn’t going […]

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The Humanity Of Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Stormborn is a character who walks the tightrope between villainy and heroism. But more importantly, she’s a complex, a well fleshed out character who makes compelling choices.

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I Pledge Allegiance To All Things Problematic

I am a problematic writer, and I am not ashamed. An article from tor.com called “Problematic Classics” addresses the question: How do we receive classical books with a new understanding of racism, sexism and other forms of prejudice? Can we really recommend Narnia books to our children, considering the concerns regarding race and how female […]

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Writing Advice I’ll Never Forget

I am not a perfect writer. I make errors that could have been avoided, I sometimes resort to cliches and bad analogies, I am not the best editor and my writing doesn’t always have the best flow. But perfection isn’t something you are, it’s something you become. It takes mastery and dedication to master the […]

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Cynical Writing Advice (or, I’ve got no time for it)

I am not a published novelist, I am not an academic, I am not an established literary critic. But I am a reader, I write, and have the good foresight to spot bad advice being given. This discussion should not be framed as ‘who is more qualified to give advice’ but ‘what will help others […]

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Effective Dystopia: Three Tips

Dystopias- a subgenre of science fiction- remains one of my favourite genres to read. It’s also polarizing and causes the reader to analyze the world they live in. No topic is off bounds- politics, religion, sex, violence, drugs and entertainment- are shown in their gory glory. But what makes a dystopia effective? Because like all […]

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