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.
Good fictional characters tend to win. A lot. Yugi Muto? He just happens to have the right card in his Deck, if not his opening hand. Erza Scarlet VS her freakishly strong Dragon mother? No problem, mom's had a change of heart, she's dead, Erza wins. Harry needs to kill a noseless Hitler? Here, we'll … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 13: Dumb Luck (just to piss off the number 13)
Almost every tale revolves around the hero's journey. A quest to hunt soul-binding items that grant immortality, throw rings into pits of lava, you get the picture. Why is it so important though? Why does the majority of those stories include a quest? For one, I believe that the purpose of a quest is to … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 12: The importance of the Quest
A popular genre of Literature, dystopian fiction is gaining ground by the day. 'Hunger Games', 'The Maze Runner', the 'Divergent' trilogy are but a few examples of this phenomenon. Wanna know why? *leans closer to your ear* Do you? Literature, in any form, has the habit of keeping up with the times. In ancient times, … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 11: Dystopian fiction
"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
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
(The following is the first in a series of articles that should not be taken too seriously. Hope you like them!) Art is best defined as 'the place where all can have fun'. By that, I mean that almost anything that has a basic, even minimal concept behind its creation, can be considered as 'art'. … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 1: Art