FX's series Taboo is a fascinating watch in a lot of ways. It's a well-acted, well-written, well-directed affair of the gritty world of Britain in the wake of the War of 1812 with its former colonies in America. But as anyone who's watched it knows or will tell you, it's the protagonist, James Keziah Delaney, who … Continue reading Taboo and the Knowledge Gap
Change is integral to fiction, and the more powerful the change, the more powerful the reader experience. This is why redemption is such a gripping journey in fiction. Seeing a character transform before our eyes into a better person, atoning for their failures and mistakes, and overcoming the past to live for a better future fills us … Continue reading Redemption: Fiction’s Two-Edged Sword
Unless you've been taking shelter under a rock lately, you might have heard some unkind words circulating about DC's latest superhero movie, Suicide Squad. Having seen the movie and being the objectivist I am, I've decided to share my own thoughts. Spoilers, obviously. I'll start off by saying that I have no stakes in the … Continue reading Is Suicide Squad Suicide-Worthy?
There are times when the reactions of the fan community can be as interesting as the source material itself. In keeping with the theme of villainy and Game of Thrones from last post, it would be remiss of me not to touch on Cersei's competition in season 6, the High Sparrow, who made me ponder … Continue reading Sinners and Saints
Game of Thrones has always been a glorious example of grippingly realistic characters. Through its current six seasons on air, it has offered us a host of very flawed, but very engaging characters. Perhaps one of the show's most gripping characters has been Cersei Lannister. For a long time, she's walked the thin line between … Continue reading Villains are Made, not Born
Last month week, I talked about the difficult task of writing character deaths. This time, we're going to talk about undoing all that hard work and bringing the character back to life. I'm not going to talk about why and when you should bring characters back to life, as this is really dependent on the needs … Continue reading The Writer and His Reaper Pt 2
Writing character deaths is one of the most critical and thankless tasks a writer can do. This makes sense, given how impactful and final death is*, and how it's often the greatest source of contention among readers, viewers, and fans. As a result, authors need to understand when to kill characters and when to hold … Continue reading The Writer and His Reaper Pt 1