Movies, Theme

Meta Movies

Hello again, fine gentle folk of the Internet! Once again, staring desperately at my DVD collection in search of post ideas has enabled me to scrape together a list of awesome movies! This time around, we're gunna get all meta and shit. "Meta" meaning, of course, movies that are aware that they are movies, and/or… Continue reading Meta Movies

Movies, Theme

“Rom Coms” That Aren’t About Romance

Romantic comedy is one of those movie genres that gets completely ignored in the serious film world. The entirety of the genre is written off as nothing but shallow romantic drivel--"chick flicks," if you will. Somewhere along the line, "Rom Com" became synonymous with "frivolous." I think this is stupid. Some of my favorite movies… Continue reading “Rom Coms” That Aren’t About Romance

Books, Characters, Plot, Rant, Reviews, Theme

Why Battle Royale and the Hunger Games are Not the Same

Let's get back to the literature, shall we? There are a couple books out that have very similar premises. You've already read the title of this post, so you already know what they are--Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami, and The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Both books (later adapted into movies, and in the case of Battle Royale even a… Continue reading Why Battle Royale and the Hunger Games are Not the Same

SciFi, Theme

On Genre

One of the biggest things that bothered me about studying creative writing at a university was the insistence that we had to write "Literature," because for-profit writing like genre fiction wasn't worth studying. This bothered me because I view myself as primarily a science fiction kind of writer, and I can also appreciate a good… Continue reading On Genre

Characters, Plot, Questions, Rant, Theme

Thesis Statement

In keeping with last week's theme of "questions writers hear a lot," I have a new one I'd like to address. It's one that I've been getting a lot lately, especially with yesterday's Easter gathering, where various family members all wanted to know the same thing: What is your novel about? To the average person,… Continue reading Thesis Statement

Characters, Habits, Plot, Questions, Rant, Theme, Uncategorized

Idea Genesis: Ultimately Unimportant

In ancient Greece, genius was thought to exist outside of the body, in the form of a daemon or muse who supplied inspiration for whatever human happened to be attached to them. This was a lovely theory, because it made it easy for writers to answer the question, "Where do you get your ideas?" But… Continue reading Idea Genesis: Ultimately Unimportant