Art should spark conversations and controversy. It is part of its job. It is supposed to make you think, to make you search your feelings, to argue with others on its meaning. The audience is important, a vital player in the "game" that is Art, because an artist without the will to be presented to, and … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 23: The Artist – Audience relationship
Tolkien, Poe, Lovecraft, Homer, Virgil. Kubrick, Hitchcock, Spielberg. Names that we've all heard at least once in our llives. Works we've admired. And, when we talk about them, we tend to compare. "Nobody can be like Tolkien", we say. "There will be no other 'Master of Suspence'", we say. And my question is simple: why … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 21: On Originality and Comparison
Wow, part 18! This means that T.B.C. is an adult now! Yay, drinking and voting! And, since this series is now old enough to legally step into a strip club, it's time for a hard truth: Everyone and anyone will judge you. For whatever reason. They just will. This works both ways. You will judge … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 18: On Criticism.
Woo, have I missed you, everyone! How have you been? Realism, Naturalism and the dark corners of our psyche. Things that scare us, make us cringe, mentally and emotionally scar us. They are as much a part of our everyday lives as everything else. And they inspire us, in a weird way. Themes such as domestic … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 14: A smile from the Shadows
"Every story needs a good old-fashioned villain." -Jim Moriarty, "Sherlock". We love them, we hate them, we just can't live without them (I am SO going to get sued). Villains are so precious in our stories. They are the examples to be avoided, the representation of our inner evil. Sometimes, they are just poor, misunderstood … Continue reading “Toughts before coffee” Part 8: The Villains
Creating something from absolute zero is a) too friggin' hard and b) a sign of divine powers. Since none of us is an omnipotent deity (and if any of you is, let us know, so that we can build you a shrine), we are going for option 'a'. What does it take to create a … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 7: Almighty Creators
'Huckleberry Finn', 'Beloved', 'Gone With The Wind'. Influencial, controversial, censored. Why is it that, even today, people will still try to bury works of art written and read at the time of our great-grandparents? (Pause for exaggeration, but you get the point.) The first thing to notice in some of these works is the blatant racism. … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 6: C********p
I am an aspiring writer, having just recently completed my first book and currently hoping I will get it published soon. It is not an easy task, as probably many of you know. You know how hard it is when your brain is emptier than the Boötes void when it comes to new ideas. What … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 5: Don’t give up on your writing.
You are at your local comic book store. The new issue of "Batman" is out! You take it, look at the cover, marvelling at the prospect of a brand-new chapter in your favourite caped crusader's story. You go home, open it carefully, and start reading, admiring the incredible artwork at the same time. Now back … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 4: Yes, they are the same!
I. Hate. It. Well, not really. Actually, 'hate' is a fairly strong word... whatever. I'm going to explain so that we both are clear on this. This isn't called "thoughts before coffee" for no reason, after all. Everything is still a bit fuzzy. For starters, why are love stories almost always the same? It's "meet … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 3: Romance