Good critique by Myrna Waldron. Maybe it’s time to rewatch, reread this one. It’s been a long while.
[Yup. People like books and videos about cats, and their apparent attitudes towards everything and everybody. ]
Worth a look. A good trope to avoid, if you are crafting fiction.
By Anita Sarkeesian.
(The term ‘Smurfette Principle’ was first coined and discussed by Katie Pollitt in this NYT article (1991) Still a good read. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/07/magazine/hers-the-smurfette-principle.html )
How do you not subscribe to this already?
And picking up Lehane.
Darkness Take My Hand (the second Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro novel)
He — Lehane — is very good at what he does, and a contemporary.
Small Powers was an idea I had that just sort of petered out. The notion was that certain people, for no reason at all, started to have small paranormal powers. One notion I had was that in the comics, esp. in Superman, superpowers tend to grow and grow. Why not stick with a premise to just have a few (or one), highly limited powers, and see what comes of that? Sort of like Mystery Men meets Heroes (NBC). Maybe I will come back to it some time.
Sean Crist applies logic to a problem in JRRT’s LOTR… and logic wins.
The takeway I get is: Esp. in speculative fiction — where things happen that can’t happen — Do the best you can, but don’t expect perfection. You won’t achieve it. If you want perfection, try writing Haiku.
Check it out here…..at Amazon.
This guy turns in some of the greatest little twists and turns of the lit of medieval, Early lslamic, and Late Antiquity periods.
Ever since I first encountered this word in Le Carré’s ‘Smiley’ novels, I wondered where it came from. Now I know. Thank you, Ben Yagoda.