A Chimera is a fantasy lion with a goat head on its back and a snake for a tail. Have you ever been halfway through a story when it suddenly changed gears and became something completely different? I call that a Chimera story and a smell of bad writing.
I was recently discussing the effects of violence in video games and I thought it might be interesting to tackle this from a different angle. The debate about the effects of violence in stories has been covered in-depth and appears to be ongoing. I see a lot less coverage about the storytelling aspect.
Why is there violence in storytelling at all?
Twelve years ago, before the first iPhone, before Snowden, when Guantanomo Bay and the Iraq invasions were still thought of as a good idea by some, I had a web comic called Frank, Hank, and Charles.