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 […]Read more "The Rule of Three: School-Live!"
In my bio, to those of you who scroll down that far, it says I write science fiction and fantasy. Well, this morning I got called out to read this: REVIEW: “Dead Men Tell Tales” by Dave D’Alessio Dead Men Tell Tales appeared in Broadswords and Blasters Number One, available at Amazon.com. Nope, I […]Read more "Irrelevant Post"
There’s a meme floating around that says, “You’re an otaku are you? Name twenty anime excluding Naruto, Bleach and One Piece (sic)” Let me see if I can find it. Found it: Yeah, I can and I bet you can, too. I mean the author didn’t even include obvious stuff like Pokemon and Dragonball. I’ve […]Read more "Bonus Post: Recommend Something"
I meant this post to come much later in the life of this blog, but I was thinking about story last week, and you know how it goes: once you’ve started thinking about something…trying to NOT think about that thing is as hard as trying to not think the word “rhinoceros” for thirty seconds. Go […]Read more "Funky Funky Finish: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"
Another ground rule, in re spoilers: The nature of structural analyses of the sort I can do is that sometimes you have to give a away key plot points or tell the end of the story. Like the last post. About Rock? Or were you too busy watching Revi 😉 I know that people hate […]Read more "Bonus Post"
It’s basic that every story has a beginning, where the characters and setting are introduced, a middle characterized by conflict, and an end, where the conflict is resolved. Sometimes that’s not how the story goes. We can talk about that some other time. Right now I’m thinking about stories that fit the basic narrative structure. […]Read more "Stealth Storytelling: Black Lagoon"
I can’t possibly be the first person to blog about anime and manga. It’s unlikely I’m in the first million. But here we go… Three years ago I didn’t know anything about anime apart from what was on Adult Swim, and very little of that. Yeah, yeah, Pokemon, Dragonball, even (briefly) Cardcaptor; but I didn’t […]Read more "Ground Rules"