Stupendous Sci-Fi: Errors and Reroutes

Sympathetic Villains: One trend that's becoming increasingly popular is the humanization of villains so they're not just faceless evils. Which is fair. After all, watching your heroes struggle against something that's evil purely for the sake of being evil after centuries of doing the same is boring. In most mythology, the villains didn't have to … Continue reading Stupendous Sci-Fi: Errors and Reroutes

Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems

A young hero is wandering through the forest; they're alone, confused and probably having a mild panic attack because this new world is terrifying. Suddenly, a figure, wrapped in robes and surrounded by good nature and mystery approaches them and offers them a blanket, a guiding hand. Of course, they do, they're the mentor character! … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems

Epic Fantasy and Stupendous Sci-Fi Mashup

Character Mirroring Character mirroring and parallels are interesting because we get to see how two characters from different worlds and backgrounds are linked and tied together. It also lets me use my favourite line in all of literature and mass media. "We're not so different, you and I."¬† That phrase actually makes so many parts … Continue reading Epic Fantasy and Stupendous Sci-Fi Mashup

Stupendous Sci-Fi: Errors and Reroutes

Redemption Equals Death A big issue with redeemed villains and fallen-then-redeemed heroes is a lot of the time, people simply won't buy that they've gone back to the good side. So an easy way to sidestep this is to simply have them redeemed through a heroic act of self-sacrifice and they die. No consequences for … Continue reading Stupendous Sci-Fi: Errors and Reroutes

Epic Fantasy and Stupendous Sci-Fi Mashup

Weapons Fantasy and sci-fi weapons are many a writer's banes. Learning how to forge a sword, or how to calibrate a phaser often drags you down deep into fandoms and makes your search history look more than a little creepy. A lot of effort goes into even the simplest weapon. Whether the purpose is symbolic, … Continue reading Epic Fantasy and Stupendous Sci-Fi Mashup

Epic Fantasy and Stupendous Sci-Fi Mashup

Ever get a tingling on the back of your neck? Ever have things randomly fall off shelves or doors slam? Is there something strange in your neighbourhood? Who you gonna call? Yes, that's right, today we're discussing the cultural implications of spirits, vapours and poltergeists.¬†Honestly, I have no idea why people find the disembodied souls … Continue reading Epic Fantasy and Stupendous Sci-Fi Mashup