Review: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

And here we are with another review, readers. You might recall that I mentioned I had read The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin* in my review of Fantastic Schools, Vol. 2*, which you can read here. For this reason, this author had enough familiarity with Ms. Lamplighter’s world that reading the short story was a … Continue reading Review: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Reposted: Of Heroes, Dark Heroes, Antiheroes, and the Next Generation of Readers

Take a look at this fantastic piece by Adam Lane Smith, readers: Heroes, Dark Heroes, Antiheroes, and the Next Generation of Readers Much has been made about the oft-lamented shift from Hero to Antihero and the modern obsession with romanticizing evil. Most frequently, I’ve heard this complaint directed at modern western media’s fixation on selecting … Continue reading Reposted: Of Heroes, Dark Heroes, Antiheroes, and the Next Generation of Readers

Of Limits and Strengths – What Does It Mean for a Hero to “Have the Power?”

This article is the fourth in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating super powered characters. Parts One, Two, and Three may be read here, here, and here. When the topic of empowered protagonists comes up, it is almost universally stated that the characters’ superior abilities must be limited somehow. … Continue reading Of Limits and Strengths – What Does It Mean for a Hero to “Have the Power?”

Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?

This article is the first in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Alexander Hellene over at Amatopia published a thought-provoking article last year. It revolved around creating characters that have superpowers, and it caught my attention because this is an aspect of storytelling which has fascinated me for years. … Continue reading Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?