Review – The Wisdom of Walt Disney: The Themes, Ethics, and Ideas of His Greatest Films by David Breitenbeck

This review is a special one, readers. Longtime followers of A Song of Joy will undoubtedly recognize Mr. Breitenbeck’s name, as he has been cited and/or mentioned here several times (plus, his site is in the blogroll). One of his short stories was discussed in this examination of Fantastic Schools, Vol. 2, and today, one … Continue reading Review – The Wisdom of Walt Disney: The Themes, Ethics, and Ideas of His Greatest Films by David Breitenbeck

Myth and Fairy Tales: Escape through Mist and Magic

“It is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected. A nation without fancy, without some romance, never did, never can, never will, hold a great place under the sun.” – Charles Dickens Following the previous article about never giving up, we come to the importance of myth and fairy tales. The … Continue reading Myth and Fairy Tales: Escape through Mist and Magic

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