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
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?
Most writers know that there is more to a story than the fact that it is simply fiction. However, since creative narratives are by nature ethereal, it is not easy to define them or explain what they mean to both authors and readers/viewers. Mr. Critzer does a good job of defining this point in the … Continue reading Is It Just a Story, or Is It More?
This article is the third in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One and Two may be read here and here. Thus far these posts have focused primarily on the deaths of heroic major and minor characters, with some attention paid to minor villains. The reason this author … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 3: The Case for the Death of the Main Antagonist
This article is the second in a three part series dealing with the demise of characters in fiction. Part One may be read here. Following last week’s post on the believability of a character’s demise we come to a seemingly inconsequential point. In fact, this detail has been taken so lightly of late that it has … Continue reading Killing Characters, Part 2: The Demise of the Foot Soldier
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?
I cannot count the number of times I listened to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” over the years. While it is not one of my favorite songs, the beat is catchy and very, very hard to dispel once it has set up residence in the mind. This can make it annoying after a … Continue reading “We Didn’t Start the Fire…”