The Bad Dinosaur, Part 2

Did you miss Part 1? If so, go read that first and then come back here for the finale of my first official movie rant.  Alas, my hopes for the rest of the film were instead dashed on the superbly-animated rocks, for the remainder of the film had a lot of story problems, all of … Continue reading The Bad Dinosaur, Part 2

The Bad Dinosaur, Part 1

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” C.S. Lewis Let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). I recently watched The Good Dinosaur with the rest of my family, and though I went in with low expectations, yet I still came out disappointed. Disney … Continue reading The Bad Dinosaur, Part 1

What Marvel Taught Me About Writing, Part One

I haven't made any secret of the fact that, basically, I don't like Marvel movies. Don't get me wrong. Superhero stories are a wonderful subgenre, just like every other kind of story (except perhaps vampire romances... but that's a post for another time). If well-done, a superhero movie can be pretty darn awesome. Take Batman Begins, … Continue reading What Marvel Taught Me About Writing, Part One

What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

What to do about exposition? In the last post, I effectively deprived us of the three most popular devices for handling it; what remains in your writer's toolbox? We cannot simply leave the backstory out and expect the reader to keep up. For one thing, some amount of explanation is absolutely necessary to tell an intelligible … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)

What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)

Let's be honest, fellow fantasy writers. Plenty of authors have turned the word "exposition" almost into a curse word, and we with our epic plots and magic battles are the worst offenders. The very mention of the e-word makes all of us shudder, writer and reader alike, and yet when readers pick up a new fantasy … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)

A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Bad

“Whenever you take on playing a villain, he has to cease to be a villain to you. If you judge this man by his time, he's doing very little wrong.” -Colin Firth Everyone agrees that a supervillain should be antagonistic, amoral, willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, and for the … Continue reading A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Bad