American comics are largely in the tank – with a few notable exceptions such as these items here*, here*, here,* and here*. Manga is making a killing in the market because of this, outselling American comics by the veritable ton. Given the Japanese writers’ commitment to storycraft, that’s not surprising. Does this mean the comic … Continue reading Compare and Contrast: Manga vs. American Comics
It has been some time since Literature Devil’s videos on writing were featured here at Song, readers. That is due as much to this author’s need to work as to the fact that his video output has slowed. He has morning livestreams but several of the more recent videos he has put up for casual … Continue reading Twelve Rules of Writing
I am not a Star Wars: The Clone Wars* enthusiast. The prequel trilogy is largely responsible for this; to date, I have not been able to overcome my dislike of it enough to engage with the animated series in a meaningful capacity. While this author can watch an episode or two, those are few and … Continue reading The Male Relationship: A Word on the Bad Batch
Take a look at this interesting piece from Rawle Nyanzi, readers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6YsDwg0HiY Heroes are Better than Villains Villains are considered more interesting than heroes because materialism dominates modern thinking. Under materialism, the only way to challenge a protagonist is to threaten his physical well-being, his personal desires, or his social standing. Fantastical stories are full of … Continue reading Reposted: Heroes are Better than Villains
Writers today are often told that they absolutely have to subvert audience expectations in order to tell a compelling story. Notably, those who insist that authors do this never give a truly compelling case for why this has to be done with every single tale they tell. Most disturbingly, these advisers never say just where … Continue reading Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?