Swords, Soapboxes, and Why Rey Never Gave a Fig

I've been thinking lately. And all the people said "Oh no." This time, I have been thinking mostly about Rey from The Force Awakens. She is by no means a typical character (ie archetype) for the big screen these days, but that does not necessarily mean she is a good character. Originality does not guarantee excellence; … Continue reading Swords, Soapboxes, and Why Rey Never Gave a Fig

She-Elves, Princesses, and Assassins: Let’s Bust Some Archetypes

Confession time. We writers, especially young writers like myself, pride ourselves on breaking stereotypes and making the world of literature a better place. We purge our stories of anything that even hints of cliche and strive to write earth-shattering plot twists. We find the cleverest ways to work in a "soapbox theme" without coming across as preachy. Occasionally, we … Continue reading She-Elves, Princesses, and Assassins: Let’s Bust Some Archetypes