STARSIGHT Book Review
Synopsis All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship…
The New Weird: Subverting the traditional
The New Weird is a hybrid genre of science fiction, horror and fantasy estranged from traditional conventions by creating indefinable, unexplainable, and inexplicable events and creatures. Investigated within this paper will be the New Weird monster, New Weird’s subversion of genre, and the effectiveness of the unknowable.
An ambiguous re-imagining of ‘Red Riding Hood’ and the female body, inspired by Angela Carter’s ‘Wolf Alice’.
Inclusivity in Literary Prose: Writing Diverse Characters
Authors can give voice to a variety of diverse peoples and cultures through the characters they create. Creating realistic diverse characters can be a challenge when these characters are vastly different to the author’s background or anything they have experienced. Cultural appropriation and stereotypes are both harmful ways in which attempts to create diversity in…
The Tengu Trick
‘If a man has been your teacher for a day, you should treat him as your father for the rest of his life.‘ ― Wu Cheng’en, quote from Monkey: The Journey to the West When was the last time I used my legs? I think, looking at my swaddled feet. Pins and needles run through…
How to Avoid Writer’s Block
Writer’s block can occur at any moment, even to the most seasoned of writers, making it difficult to string as little as two cohesive sentences together. When this happens, it can be disheartening as well as frustrating, so it’s important to develop ways of combating writer’s block by finding your inspiration and get back your…
Why You Should Read Banned Books
A Tennessee school board has recently banned Art Spiegelman’s Maus (1980) which details the experience of his father during the Holocaust. Parents and teachers have removed the graphic novel from its curriculum due to its “inappropriate language and nudity”. However, as Variety points out, many believe this to align with a growing pattern of schools targeting literature surrounding the…