Month: April 2016

April 29, 2016 / Smells

Sock Puppet

Writers should respect the personality of their characters.

Sometimes they don’t, especially if it’s a television show written by different writers, or a book series written over decades. In those cases, it feels as if you’re watching a sock puppet, with the hand of the writer clearly visible in their reactions.

This is a big no-no; writing should not smell of sock puppets.

April 22, 2016 / Reviews

The Interview

The Interview was controversial before it was released. North Korea was against the movie, and a computer hacker group allegedly working for North Korea hacked Sony Entertainment because of it. But was that deserved? And was it fun?

April 15, 2016 / Picking apart
April 8, 2016 / Writing

Vampire

The vampire myth is a very popular and extremely abused literary device in fantasy novels. From the fanged monster of Bram Stoker to the sparkling emo of Stephenie Meyer, vampirism is a pervasive element of our culture. Before you write your own vampire fantasy novel, though, you might want to know what you should and should not do. Let’s have a look at the vampire myth as a literary device.

April 1, 2016 / Smells

Saltpan

There are many pivotal points in history. Events or inventions that changed the world forever: the battle of Hastings, the invention of the printing press, and the bombing of Hiroshima. In stories, however, such world-shattering things sometimes affect… nothing. This is a smell that the setting of a story can suffer from, and it is good to be aware of.