Aspiring author and mythology enthusiast with a deep love for fantasy. Writes from a queer nb (they/them) perspective.
How Recent Love Triangles Reinforce Racism
Love triangles have long been a staple in the YA drama. From TV shows, movies, and books, they're a common source of drama (particularly in sequels, for some reason). In the past seven years, there's been a big push to also diversify the love interests seen on screen, with more men of colour in particular joining the fray, which can only be a good thing. (Even if women of colour deserve more opportunities, too.)
La La Land Review
Almost seven years to the party, I finally sat down and watched La La Land, a romantic-musical dramedy released in 2016 starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two struggling artists in LA who fall in love while chasing their dreams. I'd heard good things about it, I like movie musicals and musicals in general, and I am trying to make a career in the arts (and am also in a longterm relationship with another artist). I was primed, for the most part, to like this movie.
What is A Queer Platonic Relationship?
As Valentine's Day rears its head, many people celebrate the bond they have with their primary life partner. Others celebrate their wholly platonic connections, both with friends and their own life partners. Today, this article is about the latter — what is a platonic life partnership, and why is a chose more and more young queer people are making?
How Fandom Gave Me A Safe Space for My Autism
I got into fandom when I was 11 years old. If not a little younger, since it was back in 2011, and I'd been doing fandom-y things my whole life. Notebooks from when I was four and five had very poorly but lovingly drawn fanart in them, and I'd made up stories about characters that weren't my own my whole life — and even some that were.
Think About the Implications
The real world is full of implications. One of the trickiest things about building a fantasy world from scratch is making it feel real. And one of the biggest let downs is when a series or TV show that, for most of its run, tried to feel grounded in some way, has suddenly tossed any continuity out the window.
The Owl House's One Problem
The Owl House, created by Dana Terrace and released by Disney in January 2020, is a fantastic tv show. It stars Luz Nocedo, a quirky AfroLatine teenager, who stumbles through a door and into the magical, creepy world of the Boiling Isles, full of demon and witches. From there she befriends criminal outlaw Eda the Owl Lady and a tiny demon named King. She goes to school, makes friends for the first time in her life, and even falls for and begins a romantic relationship with another girl, rival bully turned friend and love interest, Amity Blight.
How Encanto Fails Mirabel
Encanto is not a bad movie. Gorgeously animated with a roster of catchy songs and fascinating family members, it's one of the most interesting and meaningful Disney movies to come out in a long time. I am also not going to sit here on a high horse and say that anyone in the movie is a villain (they're not), or that liking it is bad (it isn't), or that you can't have zero qualms with it (that's perfectly fine).
5 Things You Never Noticed In How To Train Your Dragon
How To Train Your Dragon, released by Dreamworks in 2010, is a beloved children's film with gorgeous animation and a whole lot of heart. However, there are a handful of immaculately placed details you might not have noticed as a casual movie-goer -- or even as a die hard fan. Thus, there are five things you might not have noticed in the first How To Train Your Dragon movie.
Why Are Villains Always Abandoned?
There's been a trend in animated tv shows, lately. More specifically perhaps for female characters, but a trend nonetheless. Although Azula, hailing from Avatar: The Last Airbender and debuting in 2006, the other three villains in this category: Claudia from The Dragon Prince (2018—), Catra from She-Ra: The Princesses of Power (2018—2020), and Jinx from Arcane (2021—) all have one crucial thing in common: abandonment is a core part of their overall character arcs.
The Importance of Emotional Inhabitation
One of the most important thing a writer can learn is the tool of emotional inhabitation. By this, I mean you learn to inhabit your characters' headspace, still omnipresent enough to see the fault lines in their thinking, but familiar enough to understand and sympathize with their thought patterns (even or especially the terrible ones) all the same. After all, often times in our worst and best moments, we have a road of thoughts or a direct lack of that led us there, and discovering that journey of impulse or insecurity is crucial to making a character seem real.
5 Reasons You Should Watch The Dragon Prince
The Dragon Prince is one of the best Netflix originals by far. Originally released in 2018, the series currently has three seasons out, with four more planned, and season four on its way. An animated fantasy epic that has already found its footing, The Dragon Prince follows two princes and the elven assassin sent to kill them in a quest to bring peace to their warring world.
Top 3 Ways to Build Story Intrigue
We all want to entice readers to well, continue reading. That's how fantasy novels get finished and how books become bestsellers, after all. However, I find people rarely talk about how to specifically build that growing appeal and interest in a writer's work besides tropes and trendy concepts. Thus, here are the top three ways you can build intrigue in your work, and the pros and cons that come with each! Note: this is tailored towards fantasy and #YAFantasyLit in particular, but can be applicable for all sorts of fiction.