Category Archives: Exploring Stories

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Disapointed in Sansa Stark’s Development? You’ll Love Malta Vestrit

As fourth season of Game of Thrones ended and we caught up on several of the books’ storylines in we felt anticipation turn to dread. What would happen to our beloved characters now that George R. R. Martin was no longer the dictator?
Season 5 has not impressed me. They’re treading waters while they wait. Instead, they should just jump off the cliff and take the consequences. They’ll fly or fall but either way will be better than this slow crawl to the bottom.

It’s horrible to watch characters you love be disrespected by the writers. One character I hated because of her passivity and naïve girlishness and ended up loving because of the same. Because she could be strong despite being a girlish girl, and not a tomb-boy like her sister.
I’m talking of Sansa Stark, of course. Continue reading

TV Love is Boring

Love is the currency of fiction. We pay good money to be led into the mind of some empty mask-character whom we can inhabit and experience a new love through. It’s a great way to get around adultery, really, as your certain other will never suspect just how serious that crush on Mr. Grey, Darcy or other dashing brooding dude.

(I’m not comparing Grey and Darcy. No, NO THAT’S NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT DAMN IT!)

Point blank, before the rambles go too far, as they invariably do: You’ve got this story and there’s a hero or heroine and about ten minutes into the story you meet this person of the other sex (or, as in “Imagine me and you” from the same one) who is obviously going to be the love interest.
From an author’s viewpoint I sort of get it. Continue reading

The 2 Factions of Fiction

Since the dawn of storytelling there’s been this great war of worms

Get ready cause this is about to get heavy!

No, sorry, war of words.
People discuss whether theme or entertainment is more important, research or characterization. How important is purple prose? Is it merely an enchanting container hiding inside it nothing but yammering moans or do these tranquilizing words of high heavens and bird chipper really relay message and theme better?
Not to mention the great war of the literal.
What is literature and what is not? Is Shakespeare? The Three Musketeers?
Not at the time, no. At their time they were mere entertainment. H.C. Andersen was accused of being childish in his writing. (Go ugly duckling analogy) Continue reading

Daydreams Vs. Fiction

One of the most important things I’ve learned in the past year about fiction is conflict.
Without conflict there’s no story. Instead it is an essay or a description.
Plot = Character + Conflict
Conflict = Goal 1 vs. Goal 2

This is conflict

If there’s no conflict the reader will lose interest. As humans we like to avoid conflict – at least the majority do – and I’m not talking about adrenaline. There’s not conflict in a bongie jump.
When we read and the conflict engages us we keep reading because we want the conflict to be resolved.
This is how soap operas get so addicting – they never resolve all problems. Halfway through one problem a new one is introduced and so on. This is also why some people really dislike open endings. Continue reading

Why “Orange is the new Black” Is Everything I Want In A Show

When you reserve an entire day for watching TV – whether it be due to a hangover or just because – it’s good to have a list of shows ready.
On Monday I had one of those days and the top show on my list was Orange is the new Black.
I didn’t know anything about it but what the poster told me but the poster did well – I was hooked from first glance. The premise seemed pretty awesome.

It took a while to convince my mother to watch a show about women in prison. She’s a romantic-comedy-middle-aged-woman. The blatant lack of men in the show is a huge negative on her score.
However, to me this was everything I’ve wanted for a long time. Continue reading