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Book Recommendations for Fans Of: Harry Potter

I know, I know, none of these book are ever going to compare to Harry Potter, but that isn’t the point. They’re not trying to replace the hole in your heart when the last book/film came out, they’re just giving you something else to enjoy. Whenever I’ve needed a heavy dose of magic mixed with… Continue reading Book Recommendations for Fans Of: Harry Potter

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Cliches: Expectations vs Reality

These are some of the cliches that have appeared in stories and films over the years. Today, we’re going to compare what it would be like as depicted in the fictional story, and how that would translate to the real world. Falling… onto your lips This is quite prominent in Korean Dramas, when two people… Continue reading Cliches: Expectations vs Reality

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Getting to Know Your Characters (Fandom Edition)

Developing your characters isn’t an easy task. There’s many things that get overlooked, either that or you’re spending so many hours on questionnaires that getting down to the writing isn’t happening. The thing is you could go through a hundred different questionnaires (like ours!) to help you get to know your character, but chances are… Continue reading Getting to Know Your Characters (Fandom Edition)

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Favourite Female Characters

After last week’s article about well-developed female characters, I thought it would be a  good time to discuss my favourite female characters of all time. Whether they’re in books, comics, TV, film or game, these are my favourite female characters and those that I think are the most well-developed. It’s characters like these that I want to… Continue reading Favourite Female Characters

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A look at strong female characters and how they differ from ‘Strong Female Characters’.

Lately we’ve had a huge storm of ‘Strong Female Characters’ marching their way on to our cinema screens and thoroughly unimpressing us all. For years we’ve seen hundreds of these characters because ‘they’re not like other girls’ and ‘one of the boys’. This form of faux feminism is damaging and unfair. And means that the… Continue reading A look at strong female characters and how they differ from ‘Strong Female Characters’.

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Cliched Characters and Overused Plots Devices

Today we consider character types that have been overused over the years to become cliches and it would be best to avoid them in your own stories. These cliches apply more to television and movies rather than books, but either way, it’s best to beware of them. Girl disguised as a boy This plot device has… Continue reading Cliched Characters and Overused Plots Devices

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The Portrayal of Female vs. Male Protagonists in Disney Films

In the course of Disney films, there has been a clear contrast between goals and actions of both female and male protagonists. Snow White (1937) was the first Disney princess, she is the main character of her story, but can she really be considered a heroine? She may tidy the dwarves’ home and sing with… Continue reading The Portrayal of Female vs. Male Protagonists in Disney Films