In Defense of Happy Endings – Are They Unreal, or Are They the Ultimate Reality?

Alex over at Amatopia published a very interesting article a month or so ago. In it, he made mention of a topic that has occupied my mind on and off for several years: the modern conception of happy endings in fiction. In his piece, Alex rightly points out how finales where the heroes and heroines … Continue reading In Defense of Happy Endings – Are They Unreal, or Are They the Ultimate Reality?

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The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 3

This article is the third in a three part series dealing with the three types of female heroines available to writers. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. Adding to the conversation on “How Do You Create Strong Female Leads,” ridersofskaith posted this insightful comment: “the Strong Female Character (TM) is someone … Continue reading The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 3

The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 2

This article is the second in a three part series dealing with the three types of female heroines available to writers. Part One may be read here. Last week we reviewed the first type of strong female heroine originally described by Anthony Marchetta here. In order for an author to properly portray this kind of … Continue reading The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 2

The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 1

This article is the first in a three part series dealing with the three types of female heroines available to writers. Readers, you may remember that in the comments below my article “How Do You Create Strong Female Leads,” I promised to revisit the premise of that post in the future. This was due to … Continue reading The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 1

Good vs. Evil – How The Lion Guard Succeeded So Well with Viewers of All Ages

Some time ago Alex Stump, a writer over at the Castalia House blog, posted an interesting article focusing on the series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Personally, since the art for this show does not appeal to me, neither does the series. But Alex enjoys it, and I benefitted from his post, since it … Continue reading Good vs. Evil – How The Lion Guard Succeeded So Well with Viewers of All Ages

To Curse or Not to Curse – How Often Should Your Heroes Use Foul Language?

Following the lead of last week’s post, we come to this point: how often should the heroes in your fiction use foul language? I am being perfectly serious, readers and future writers. Some of you might have noticed that there are no curse or swear words in my articles here. Generally, this author avoids doing … Continue reading To Curse or Not to Curse – How Often Should Your Heroes Use Foul Language?

Cultured Characters – Why More Heroes Should Quote the Classics

The Conscience of the King Can anyone reading this article name a science fiction character – one who is not Star Trek’s Spock or the X-Men’s Beast – who enjoys quoting great poets and philosophers? I am speaking of popular sci-fi heroes known to the general public here; I am acquainted with other characters in … Continue reading Cultured Characters – Why More Heroes Should Quote the Classics