Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Not long ago, this author discovered the above picture, which discusses some fans’ thoughts on how the Fellowship of the Ring might have simply flown to Mordor to dispose of the One Ring rather than “take the long way around.” As the commenter explains, this would have been a bad idea narratively because the entire … Continue reading Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

The Problem of Evil, Part 3 – Villains: Understanding Their Powers and Their Blind Spots

This article is the third in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their effects on and their uses in a story. The final part of this series is upon us at last! The title for this article has to be the most confusing one yet for some people. With all … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 3 – Villains: Understanding Their Powers and Their Blind Spots

The Problem of Evil, Part 2 – Villains: How Evil Does Your Story Need Them to Be?

This article is the second in a three part series dealing with villains and evil, along with their uses in and their effects on a story. Daniel Arenson, author of Earthrise, Kingdoms of Sand, and other series, has several articles on character development on his website. A little while ago, I was reading through and … Continue reading The Problem of Evil, Part 2 – Villains: How Evil Does Your Story Need Them to Be?