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?

Redemption – Should It Happen All at Once, or Should It Be Gradual?

In my article “Conflict,” I mentioned that there would be more posts with some focus on my favorite anime, Zoids: Chaotic Century, and what it has to teach future authors. One of these lessons is the way characters can and should be redeemed by “modern” authors. These days some current writers seem to think redeeming … Continue reading Redemption – Should It Happen All at Once, or Should It Be Gradual?

The Three Main Categories of Villainess

Misha Burnett made a comment on my article “How Do You Create Strong Female Leads?” where he suggested that an essay on Villainesses was in order. Specifically, he said, “Female villains who are schemers rather than fighters are somewhat more common, perhaps because it’s easier to write an unsympathetic manipulator than a sympathetic diplomat, but … Continue reading The Three Main Categories of Villainess

The Four Types of Writing, Part Two: The Method of the Realist

This article is the second in a four part series which defines the four major types of fiction. Last week we discussed modern Romanticism, its origins, dangers, and examples of what makes a Wise Romantic and a Blind Romantic. We also discussed how Blind Romanticism praised the ideal situation over the real one to such … Continue reading The Four Types of Writing, Part Two: The Method of the Realist