After a slight drought of inspiration, I finally decided on a topic to blog about. I recently saw the movie Dr. Strange. While I enjoyed the film overall, it suffered from Marvel's usual "weak villain syndrome" (see previous posts here and here on that). Given little backstory or motivation for his goal, Kaecilius is just one of those villains … Continue reading What Measure is Forever? – Immortality in Fiction
Hello, and welcome to the second round of critical paddling thoughtful critiquing into The Magicians and why it failed to work for me. Last time, I talked about the concept of Set-Up and Pay-Off and the delicate balance it requires to get your audience invested and satisfied. This time, I'll be talking about a much … Continue reading Critiquing The Magicians: M for Mature?
Criticizing a book when you are as of yet unpublished seems to smack of tempting fate. But I wouldn't be the critical reader I like to think I am if I shied away from a controversial opinion. So for the next two posts, I am going to flagellate review Lev Grossman's book The Magicians and where … Continue reading Critiquing The Magicians: Set-Up and Pay-Off
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?