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
Last week’s Vocational Vivications’ linked post was from Nate Winchester. It focused on the need for emotional connections between characters to be established early on and built up over the course of the story, something that cannot be done by having them stand around discussing their feelings with or for one another. Actions speak louder … Continue reading Setting the Emotional Scene – How to Prep the Audience for More
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
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II cutscenes and Light Side Ending https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2DcbB2vZcc As has been said many times, this author is not much of a video gamer. Given how much time she must spend living, writing, reading, and handling the odd challenge, this is no surprise. There are only so many hours in a … Continue reading A Listening Ear – A Look Back at the Dialogue from Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
Take a look at this screenshot, readers: It is amazing what small details pass viewers and readers by during the course of a story. Of course, it is also fascinating to see what they notice. Having watched The Empire Strikes Back* many times, this author can honestly say she never considered the scene of a … Continue reading Realistic Arguments
Writers today are often told that they absolutely have to subvert audience expectations in order to tell a compelling story. Notably, those who insist that authors do this never give a truly compelling case for why this has to be done with every single tale they tell. Most disturbingly, these advisers never say just where … Continue reading Is Subverting the Audience’s Expectations the Best Way to Go?
This author has discovered many benefits in listening to various, untranslated media from other countries. While I only know only two languages, I find there is a great deal to learn about the craft of fiction while viewing and/or listening to stories or songs from other countries. Siervas’* albums are one example. Despite being written … Continue reading Star Wars in the Land of the Rising Sun
Han Solo’s famous line from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is usually considered to be something of a joke. After all, who wants to know the odds when they are obviously very bad? Not a man trying to escape several Star Destroyers, certainly! To treat his statement as nothing more than a quick line … Continue reading “Never Tell Me the Odds!”
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?