Mad Scientist: Cackling Goofball, or Deadly Menace?

The popular image of the mad scientist is one of a frizzy haired, generally harmless older man messing around in a lab. Such mad scientists seem and are typically portrayed as relatively inoffensive. Doctor Doofensmirtz from Phineas and Ferb* is one example of this common perception of the mad scientist, with Back to the Future’s* … Continue reading Mad Scientist: Cackling Goofball, or Deadly Menace?

Fullmetal Melodies

Below are some of the introductory and exit themes for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.* If you have not seen this anime series before, I highly recommend giving it a viewing. Until then, enjoy the music!   Again – Yui https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzUBwwJF4JU   Hologram - NICO Touches the Walls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzJPSvnGqCA   Ray of Light  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XejUekhQoU   Rain - … Continue reading Fullmetal Melodies

Children in Fiction, Part 3: Are Heroes and Heroines Interchangeable in Fiction?

Thus far we have discussed what a lack of children means in terms of world-building, along with fictional children and teens’ (often outrageous) adult-style behavior. Both these items were mentioned in Ms. R.J. Sheffler’s article here. Today’s subject, however, is not among the issues that writers encounter listed therein. Many writers, particularly in the Young … Continue reading Children in Fiction, Part 3: Are Heroes and Heroines Interchangeable in Fiction?

9 Things Writers Can Learn (or Relearn) from Japanese Media

Previously, the ways being a fan can help – or hurt – an author were discussed here at Song. This and the article on fan fiction primarily focused on Western entertainment and its effect on aspiring storytellers. While fundamentally important and formative for all prospective novelists, present day Occidental fiction is not the only storytelling … Continue reading 9 Things Writers Can Learn (or Relearn) from Japanese Media