In the last seventeen years, the world has seen ten films in the X-Men film universe. Mike and Matt have discussed them all individually and now have ranked them all in order to get some extra hits because that is the logical and honorable thing to do. (This was written by Mike.)
One of the most overused phrases in texts on writing is “Show, don’t tell.” Another, equally repeated, is “what does your protagonist want?” Character desire is so paramount to the story, yet it is no small thing to figure out. I find that in my students’ work and in my own writing, the […]
Data journalist Ben Blatt takes his a mathematical approach to the writers of fiction.
Looking forward to the movie book comparisons
The concept behind Linguistic Relativity1 has been around for quite a long time (predictably, Greek philosophers had musings on the topic). Summarised, it is the idea that the language we speak shapes the way we think.
Now that sounds fairly reasonable. But it has caused controversy when it has been presented as linguistic determinism; that your language restricts what you are able to think. In this form, it is argued that if a language has no word for something, then people who speak that language cannot conceive of that thing. English itself is a fantastic counter to this?for example, we had no word for Schadenfreude, so we nabbed3 it from German.
The evidence does support, however, that particular concepts become easier/harder to consider/discuss in different languages. And again, this is fairly intuitive?it’s harder to express yourself to others if you lack the vocabulary4. Where I…
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by Anne R. Allen The most common question I get from authors who are thinking about starting a blog is: “What should an author blog about?” My answer isn’t the same as what you’ll hear from the major blogging gurus. That’s because 90% of the advice on blogging is about business blogs—ones that sell advertising. […]
These are difficult times for some of us. Our divisions seem more intractable than ever and a certain level of hatred seems to have been unleashed on both sides of the Atlantic, following the tumultuous events of last year. I find myself as frustrated with the dogmatic left as I am with the resurgent right […]
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