Category: Theory

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Maybe He Was Born With It: The Birth of Evil

The source of evil has been a source of inspiration from the earliest of literary traditions, to even more modern staples, such as film. They range from varied characters such as Grendel’s Mother in “Beowulf” to Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray (paid link) and even more recently,…

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The Best Literary Revenge of All Time: The‌ ‌Betrayal‌ ‌of‌ ‌Adaptations‌

One of my dear friends once posted on Twitter that “Edmond Dantès had one of the best literary revenges of all time.” (paid link) She was mocking the Kanye West debacle at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Dantes was betrayed by those he assumed loved him, and he was…

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The Hero’s Journey: The Benefits of Children’s Films

Fairy tales have been used to advise and guide children for generations. On a deeper level, so have urban legends. Fairy stories frame their cautionary tales by grounding them in fanciful situations. The lessons they teach children are hidden behind the guise of magic, fairy godmothers, and spinning wheels. Any…

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What is Cinematic Absurdism?

I'm not afraid to say that movies have had a bigger impact on me than books. Books absolutely opened the door and reassured me that I can tell a great story. Movies encouraged me to tell a great story in a small amount of space which is how I approach…

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