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Why I Hated Artemis Fowl (And Then Changed My Mind)

Why I Hated Artemis Fowl (And Then Changed My Mind)

I always wanted to read books when I was too young for them. I read the Hobbit when I was seven because a theatre company were coming to our primary school to perform it and I didn’t want them to spoil the plot for me. Immediately I begged my parents to let me read the Lord of the Rings, but they were insistent that I would enjoy it more if I waited until I was older. Eventually we compromised –…

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Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

Flawed Heroes And Heroic Villains

“The wonderful thing about Marvel is that they make their heroes flawed, and their villains heroic.” (Tom Hiddleston, ‘Loki’) Warning: this post contains lots of gifs (and also spoilers but only for mostly old stuff) so if you’re reading in an email, you may need to click through to see them. I’m not sure. Maybe they work.) I was reading a couple of handouts from online and real-life writing classes the other day, because I was bored and that’s what…

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Why We Care About Fictional Characters

Why We Care About Fictional Characters

It’s funny the way we care about fictional characters. I mean, we know they’re not real, but something inside us cares what happens to them. We want Frodo to destroy the ring without getting killed; we want Jack to let Owen back on the Torchwood team; we want Sherlock not to fall. It matters to us. Why does it matter to us? Fictional characters are fictional. They don’t exist, they really don’t. Often, however, they outlive their authors. Walk up…

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