The Message in Stories

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 15, 2022



There is no story without a theme. Even when written without anything prepared in terms of a message, a story will always give people things to think about and messages drawn from how the story was set up and how it was resolved (if at all).

So I don't ...



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Everyman Heroes

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 13, 2022



Critics, professional or not, identified a trend in many of the…lesser regarded manga and anime series.
It's the “everyman hero”.

This school of thought is that to make a lead character who is identifiable to everyone in the readership or audience. So the lead will be unremarkable, and ...




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Horror within beauty

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 8, 2022



This trope might come in several different packages, but it always involves the same stages: a presence (a character, an apparition, an item, a painting, etc) appears to be perfect, gorgeous, stunningly beautiful, angelic in every way relevant. Then suddenly or gradually, this beauty dissolves into nightmarish horror: the character ...

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And In the End...

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 30, 2021



In the behind-the-scenes interviews about the show “Seinfeld”, Writer/Creator Larry David talks about the ending of an episode, I think it's “The Marine Biologist”.

To sum it up, the show is about fairly normal-yet-eccentric antics of the four characters, including George claiming to be a marine biologist to ...



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Μerry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Coincidence?

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 25, 2021



It's Christmas Day today!

What are the chances! It's the first time my day to post in the blog is so perfectly timed for well wishes! So first off, I'd like to wish you all a happy Christmas Day, and if you don't observe it, a ...



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Above and Below the Surface

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 16, 2021



There are a couple of movies I've seen - only a couple that come to mind - with a very specific issue
that makes them not work for me.

It's when the THEME or below-the-surface meaning of the story holds together but the actual plot suffers for it.

Spoiler for ...






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To Magic and Not To Magic

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 9, 2021



One common story formula involves a character receiving a magical gift…or magical ‘curse’…and being forced to deal with the chaos that the magic causes.

In Liar Liar, the slick, dishonest attorney is compelled to only speak the truth.
In Groundhog Day, the main character repeats the same day ...




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The Problem With Kid Dialogue

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 4, 2021



Often when there are children in a cast of characters, especially in sitcoms or certain types of movies, audiences groan because they tend to be immensely annoying. They are a very special type of uncanny valley in the way they are written to talk and react. Usually, we get one ...

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QUACKCAST 559 - DD Fashion Spotlight

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Nov. 30, 2021

LISTEN on our new player!
Listen on Stitcher ​​- https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drunkduck-quackcast
Or TuneinRadio - https://tunein.com/podcasts/Books–Literature/Drunkduck-Quackcast-p1150194/

Today we're chatting about the NEW news feature that we're doing every Friday: The DD Fashion Spotlight. This is a new way to promote comics ...



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