Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Depth in Fiction, Part Two: Adding Subtext through Archetypes, Poetry, Music, and Religion

This article is the second in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Part One may be read here. Last week we focused on how to keep the “magic” in a story. This is, as previously stated, the tip of an iceberg-sized issue rampant throughout modern fiction. Now the question … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Two: Adding Subtext through Archetypes, Poetry, Music, and Religion