A Reflection on the MCU

With thanks to Carlos Carrasco for the original link to this fantastic article: Masculinity and the Marvel movies SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 Some time back, John Haldane gave a Thomistic Institute talk here in Los Angeles on the theme of evil in the movies and in the movie industry.  During the Q and A (at about … Continue reading A Reflection on the MCU

The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Not long ago this author finished reading Marvel’s Essential Iron Man Vol.3*. Though it had been available for some time, for various reasons, this writer did not take the opportunity to peruse the volume until recently to see what lessons were to be found within its pages. There were quite a few to discover. For … Continue reading The Fictional Businessman – Is He a Monster or a Hero?

Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

This article is the first in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. One of the main literary movements of the last century, Realism, holds much of the modern literati in its thrall. Along with Naturalism and a resurgent Romanticism, this school of writing insists on killing off at least … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 1: Is It Necessary to Make a Novel/Series Believable?

Depth in Fiction, Part Four: Philosophy, Theology, and the Difference between Right and Wrong

This article is the fourth in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Parts One, Two, and Three may be read here, here, and here. So far we have discussed maintaining a sense of “magic” in fiction, the use and necessity of images, and the consideration due to the length … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Four: Philosophy, Theology, and the Difference between Right and Wrong

Depth in Fiction, Part Three: Density of Paper vs. Density of Story

This article is the third in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW8MO4jAUH0 With gratitude to the incomparable David Breitenbeck for introducing this author to the video above, we turn to today’s subject. Having discussed the need for “magic” … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Three: Density of Paper vs. Density of Story

Depth in Fiction, Part Two: Adding Subtext through Archetypes, Poetry, Music, and Religion

This article is the second in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Part One may be read here. Last week we focused on how to keep the “magic” in a story. This is, as previously stated, the tip of an iceberg-sized issue rampant throughout modern fiction. Now the question … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Two: Adding Subtext through Archetypes, Poetry, Music, and Religion