Ranking the Star Wars Films: From the Weakest to Strongest Films in the 42-Year-Story

(Author’s Note: I did this all on a smartphone because I am out of town for Christmas. Also I had no intention of posting this on the holiday since I started writing this on Saturday. But it took me five days to complete. Phew. BTW, all photos/videos are taken from online. If any of these … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars Films: From the Weakest to Strongest Films in the 42-Year-Story

What makes stories like The Mandalorian so great? The trope of Protective Behavior: (Why is this trope so popular/recursive in stories today?)

Yes, this post is going to be discussing the awesome, wildly popular Disney Plus show, The Mandalorian, as well as a few other successful properties that use similar story telling devices. But please permit me to rant for a moment about my writing roommate. Ok, he's not officially a roommate, but he does share the … Continue reading What makes stories like The Mandalorian so great? The trope of Protective Behavior: (Why is this trope so popular/recursive in stories today?)

I Love Genre Blending! Why Romantic Tropes Belong in the Fantasy Genre

Quick! Close your eyes and think of your favorite movie. It's alright, I'll wait. You have ten seconds. Go! "But I only needed threeeeee!" -Forrest Gump, if he existed in my head. Got your movie? Great! Don't tell me. Let me see if I can guess some things about this story you chose. Because that's … Continue reading I Love Genre Blending! Why Romantic Tropes Belong in the Fantasy Genre

Stop Putting Your Damsels in Distress: Tropes that Could (And Should) Be Reimagined in Fictional Worlds

Consider for a moment this famous photo taken for LIFE magazine in 1963. No, they aren't celebrating "Free Ice Cream Day." They are watching a puppet show which is retelling the classic tale of "Saint George and the Dragon." Have you heard this story before? The brave saint finds a way to tame the mighty … Continue reading Stop Putting Your Damsels in Distress: Tropes that Could (And Should) Be Reimagined in Fictional Worlds

Disney: King of Building Fantasies or King of Brands?

Here's a fun social experiment you can try with budding toddlers: Draw three circles on a piece of paper. You know where I'm going with this. No matter how you try to draw them, for many of us the three circles will end up looking like this. Amazing! All with a sharpie. Now comes the … Continue reading Disney: King of Building Fantasies or King of Brands?