…and the pronouncement was a doozy! Click the link to learn more, readers! A judge has announced in court that ‘Last Jedi’ and ‘Rise of Skywalker’ are mediocre films By Herb Scribner@HerbScribner Updated Jun 4, 2021, 12:41pm MDT Judge Kenneth K. Lee, a 9th Circuit Court judge, has officially ruled “The Last Jedi” and “The … Continue reading The Law Has Spoken!
Reading Charles Edward Pogue’s novelization of Dragonheart* – for which he also wrote the screenplay – I was struck again by an idea that had flitted through my mind on a previous occasion. This is the difference between the corruption of Einon, the prince in the film* and the novel Dragonheart, and the fall of … Continue reading The Fall of the Apprentice – A Compare and Contrast
Last week we discussed “shock and awe” events in three popular serials. These events were supposedly meant for character development, but they only succeed in destroying said characters, along with the canon and continuity of the franchise. However, one has to wonder just why the actions forced on the characters mentioned in the previous post … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 5: Character Progression – Which Archetype Are You Using?
Gunsmoke's main cast I was privy to a discussion on character progression sometime in the past month. While I did not take part in it, that conversation got me thinking: many storylines in a variety of franchises with long or established characters aim for “shock and awe” character changes. These usually happen when everything appears … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 4: Character Progression – Or Character Destruction?
I am not looking for this stuff on purpose, readers, honest! It just finds me, no matter what I do to stay away from it! Follow the link below to read the article in full: Clone Wars: “The Bad Batch” and the Dignity of the Human Person Sci-Fi / By Thomas J. Salerno Along with many other … Continue reading The Bad Batch Returns
Something I have discovered over the years is that advice from those in the field of storytelling – or from those who teach creative writing – tends to fall into two categories. The first consists of long descriptions which can almost be considered stories in themselves. Reading through these dissertations and parsing them out can … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 1: On Characters, Flaws, and What Really Makes a Flawed Hero Heroic
I am not a Star Wars: The Clone Wars* enthusiast. The prequel trilogy is largely responsible for this; to date, I have not been able to overcome my dislike of it enough to engage with the animated series in a meaningful capacity. While this author can watch an episode or two, those are few and … Continue reading The Male Relationship: A Word on the Bad Batch
Those who have read the Young Jedi Knights* saga from the original Star Wars* Expanded Universe may find the idea proposed in this piece familiar. One of the things that the Solo twins were allowed to do on their visits to Coruscant, the capital world of the New Republic, was to man the Millennium Falcon’s … Continue reading Ready, Aim, Fire…!
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