A friend sent me a video about the Wasp (see below) as she was presented in Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes*, a popular and well-beloved animated series starring Marvel’s team of the same name. I found the video quite interesting not only because it listed several of the reasons why I like Janet van Dyne – … Continue reading Avengers – Assemble! A Look Back at Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
I am jealous, readers. So very jealous of all the people who got to see this movie. I wish to heaven it was available for viewing somewhere, but in all likelihood, it has been lost to history forever. At least Stan himself was able to see it while he lived and give it his enthusiastic … Continue reading Lost to History…?
Pardon the quote from The Avengers*, readers, but it is fitting. Japan is going to attempt their own MCU-style film serial starring some of their most famous properties. These include Godzilla*, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and an Evangelion series. Since I have not kept up with Evangelion I hesitate to say which version it is; the … Continue reading “A New Universe…”
If we seem to be focusing on broken characters exclusively, future authors, the reason for that is a fair number of creative writing courses and a lot of advice ties back to the sound bite I criticized here at the start of this series: the need to give characters flaws. Too often the “flaws” modern … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 8: Character Progression – How Characters Broken by Trauma Recover and Rebuild, Part 1
Yes, he is at it again, readers. Check out these intriguing videos from the Professor of Geekdom himself. There will not be a quiz later – not from him or me, at least. Life may have a curve ball or two to throw everyone’s way soon enough. In which case, you may find his points … Continue reading Words from Professor Geek
While on the Superversive Sunday Livestream, Anthony Marchetta and I discussed the differences between Japanese anime and modern Western storytelling. One of the items that came up was the sincerity with which Japanese writers portray their characters. Although I wanted a stronger word for the phenomenon at the time, in hindsight, I think Anthony hit … Continue reading Sincerity in Fiction – A Lost Art in Need of Recovery
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
This post was too good to pass up. If you have not seen Avengers: Endgame, then it would probably be best to come back and click this link later. Whether or not you do that, though, this is definitely a piece that is worth reading and remembering: Agent Romanoff and the Furious Love of God Posted … Continue reading God and Superheroes…?
Stop me if you have heard this one before, readers: “There are only seven/eight/ten different plots throughout all of fiction.” Whether you have been told that in person, through Skype, or the medium of a blockbuster film, it is almost guaranteed to have left more than a few of you depressed. If there are only … Continue reading “It’s All Been Done Before…”
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?