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?

Children in Fiction, Part 2: Their Characterization and Interactions with Other Characters

Last week we covered the implications which severe depopulation would present to a fictional race that regarded children as a pathology and how this relates to world-building. In the same piece where she spoke about the necessity of children in fiction, Ms. R.J. Sheffler touched on another issue plaguing their appearance in modern tales. This … Continue reading Children in Fiction, Part 2: Their Characterization and Interactions with Other Characters

How to Train Your Dragon and the Presentation of Family in Media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pgfmui3xxk For those who may not have followed the film trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon* is based on a book series by Cressida Cowell. In the course of this saga, Ms. Cowell tells how Vikings – better known to history as Norsemen – trained, rode, and hunted using dragons. Her final book ends with … Continue reading How to Train Your Dragon and the Presentation of Family in Media