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
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
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
Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and thought, "That heroes were great and the plot was engaging, but the villain was kind of... blah"? I've noticed this. Quite a lot. I've noticed television shows actually seem to handle the writing for their antagonists better than most media. Perhaps it's because they … Continue reading When Bad Isn’t So Good