Okay before we begin, I want to be clear: I am basing this off the first teaser for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. This is in no way a commentary on the film itself, which I have not seen…yet. I’m only breaking down the marketing methods behind this:
Okay – I hope this avoids any confusion, should you be reading this after the film has been released. With that in mind…let’s dive in.
Continue reading Star Wars: The Rise of Nostalgia
For today’s post, I wanted to share some writing challenges I am currently having with you, the reader. I’ve learned a lot from teaching The South Shore Writing Initiative, and one of the biggest lessons is that personal anecdotes can be helpful when relevant. Well, given that this is an issue I’m having with my current novel-in-progress – I’d say it’s relevant enough.
Continue reading Writing Challenges: Storytelling Voice vs. Plot
I’ve been thinking a lot about nostalgia lately. Those who have read my recent posts on The Last Jedi or Halloween (2018) know that I’m growing less and less found of big budget Hollywood’s desire to look back. In a world of rapid change, audiences seem to love a heavy dose of nostalgia in their entertainment – but is this a good thing? Setting aside the toxic behavior going on in some fandoms, I want to examine things from a purely writing perspective. So, let’s talk about Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, the latest show in the He-Man/She-Ra universe.
Continue reading Let the Past Die: Examining She-Ra