For most of my life, I have heard critics, writers, and audiences complain about the last-minute save which occurs throughout most of fiction. We all know which moments these are; they are the pivot points on which the conflicts turn. It can be a last minute message that reaches the hero in the nick of … Continue reading Providence and Miracles
“But this new component of the Guardians’ defenses, these ever-amassing stories, struck some deep and fearful alarm inside his [Pitch Black’s] dark heart. Spells, magic, jolliness, chocolate eggs, presents, elves, teeth – all the Guardians’ methods to fight his darkness were, to him, puny parlor tricks. But this power of story? He could not figure … Continue reading The Power of Story
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?
This article is the fifth in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Parts One, Two, Three, and Four may be read here, here, here, and here. Well, here we are, in the fifth part of this series on the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters! Previously … Continue reading The Final Chapter – 4 Ways to View Powered Protagonists
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?
This article is the fourth in a four part series which defines the four major types of fiction. Here we are at part four, readers and future writers! In the previous three posts, we discussed Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism. Of these three types, Naturalism strikes me as the worst kind of writing in the universe. … Continue reading The Four Types of Writing, Part Four: Romanticism and Realism Were Born a Twin
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