Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

This article is the first in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. One of the main literary movements of the last century, Realism, holds much of the modern literati in its thrall. Along with Naturalism and a resurgent Romanticism, this school of writing insists on killing off at least … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

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?

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