No Plot Needed: Spice and Wolf

Supposedly there are seven basic plots. Ready? Rags to riches Overcoming the monster The quest Voyage and return Comedy (Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl) Tragedy (Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl) Rebirth Now, when we’re talking about the overarching plot of a series we’re really talking about meta-plot, […]

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Irrelevant Post: Did this thing

On the grounds that I could afford it and maybe I might learn something, or at least be entertained over Spring Break, I ordered a Mystery Box (oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh) of manga…Twenty randomly selected titles for $20. Should I say from where, or would that be inappropriately commercial? There they are, all lined […]

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How Long is a Series: Trigun

Okay, it’s twenty years old and looks more like forty, but Trigun, if you haven’t seen it, is a lot of fun a lot of the time. It’s a sci-fi western, sort of, about a Traditional Hero (Vash the Stampede) who Sets Things Right. Oh, and he doesn’t kill anyone. That’s his deal. Of course, […]

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Irrelevant Aside: Emma Chambers

Emma Chambers passed on last week, on Wednesday, it is now said, although her passing was made public over the weekend. They tagged her as having been in Notting Hill, but I always remembered her from The Vicar of Dibley, where she played Dawn French’s good-hearted nitwit of a housekeeper, Alice. Emma Chambers (left) as […]

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The Rule of Three: School-Live!

I don’t think anyone needs to say that character is a critical part of storytelling. I mean, ultimately drama is conflict, and conflict arises from character (at least, if the conflict is character-driven, which is about the same as saying lava arises if the volcano is lava-driven). Certain character types work to simplify the creation […]

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