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Writing

The Insanity Defense

Two weeks ago I brought Mary Sues, and before that I discussed antagonists. So with that said, I want to talk about something that is very personal and near and dear to my heart: I want to talk about the problems with having “crazy” villains. Now, I might have made a caveat back in “Motivate Me,” […]

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Writing

Motivate Me: A Primer on Writing Protagonists and Antagonists

In this series of articles on writing and developing fiction and sharing my own trials and tribulations on writing fiction, I will be discussing topics such as world building, constructed languages, writing protags/antags, understanding pacing, the concept of the “Mary-Sue,” self-inserts, discussing sex in fiction, and plot building.

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Pop Culture

Are You Rooting for a TV Villain?

I was watching my trusty old re-run of Beverly Hills 90210 last night when I had a change of heart. Kelly Taylor was supposed to be the heroine, the girl who everyone loved and who always did the right thing; back in the day, I subscribed to this idea, but as I watched her take […]

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Pop Culture

Top Chef Needs to Spice It Up

There are a few competition reality shows that I watch every season, and each time a new batch of contestants start, I never like anyone. I don’t hate them or anything, but I don’t have anyone to root for until their stories have been told over the course of a few episodes, and I get […]

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Pop Culture

Community: Fish in a Barrel

This week’s Community was a doozy, delivering a perfect blow to the documentary-style format that has become ubiquitous in prime time (especially on NBC, Community’s own network). I’ve grown a little weary of this style myself, and in fact didn’t give Parks and Recreation a chance when it first came out because I was just […]

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Pop Culture

Top 7 Movie Therapists

As much as TV shows love to put their characters in therapy, so do movies.   A lot of movies really like to focus on the mental illness and the therapy is only a small part of it.  Here are a few good movies where the therapist has a more prominent role. One Flew Over The […]