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People as Animals in Children's Literature

Children’s books with humans have greater moral impact than animals, study finds

The above quote was the title of an article I came across in The Guardian.

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Diaporesis: Deliberating with oneself as though in doubt over some matter; asking oneself (or rhetorically asking one’s hearers) what is the best or appropriate way to approach something [= 161 more words


Mental Illness in the TV series 'Maniac'

“Maniac” is a 2015 Norwegian TV series from co-creator/star Espen Larvaag and Håkon Bast Mossige. Cary Fukunaga is helming an American remake, but the original stars Larvaag as Espen, a mentally ill man who’s been committed – though in his head, he’s having the time of his many lives (And now for spoilers galore). 1,112 more words

This Ain't A Scene

The New Mutants trailer was released a couple of days ago, and besides the series of microscopic shrugs that it elicited from me, there’s a line of dialogue contained in the footage that started me thinking about certain misused dialogue conventions in film. 803 more words


Some Of My Favorite Characters (And Why)

The stories we enjoy tend to influence what kind of stories we write. Which is all well and good, because we’re supposed to write what we ourselves enjoy, but no one wants to pay money for a story that is exactly like the movie they just saw. 948 more words


Stupid Packaging Tropes

#1: Insignificant Recipe Amendments

Usually due to somebody in marketing getting bored shitless, this common trope takes many forms and makes a fuss over some slight formulaic changes (if any at all) to a product, usually bearing the classic  719 more words



Diaskeue (di-as-keu’-ee): Graphic peristasis (description of circumstances) intended to arouse the emotions.

He had his dirty hand outstretched: filthy fingernails pointed directly at me. His eyes were glassy and bloodshot and there was a fleck of spit hanging from his chapped lower lip. 82 more words