Dystropia: The Threat Of Rape As An Agent of Fear

Column by Christopher Shultz
It's a trope so pervasive, you probably don't always register it when you see it...and that's a serious problem.

Dystropia: A Family Moves Into THEIR WORST NIGHTMARE!!!

Column by Christopher Shultz January 17, 2017
In the realm of horror, there are haunted houses all over the country just waiting for new tenants to gobble up. Be careful not to steer your characters into this nightmarish trope.

Turkey Coma: Five Times Screenwriters Put Characters Conveniently to Sleep

Column by Bart Bishop
A look at five movies that utilize the convenient coma as a cliche to knock characters out of a narrative.

Dystropia: No More Mr. Vice Guy!

Column by Troy Farah January 9, 2014
In this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.

Dystropia: The Christmas Edition!

Column by Troy Farah
It's chilly, so in this month's Dystropia we'll explore some lesser-trodden Xmas cliches.

Dystropia: How The Damsel in Distress Has Evolved

Column by Troy Farah October 31, 2013
From ancient Greek myths to Snow White to today, Dystropia looks at the trope of the Damsel in Distress.

Dystropia: Why The Sassy Gay Friend Isn't Progressive

Column by Troy Farah September 16, 2013
The Sassy Gay Friend, aka the Pet Homosexual, attempts to be liberal, but it falls incredibly short. Let's look see why.

Dystropia: All Hail The Magnificent Bastard

Column by Troy Farah August 13, 2013
In this episode of Dystropia, we look at the Magnificent Bastard, who is cunning, charming and crafty. What makes him tick and why are we all of a sudden so attracted to him?

Dystropia: Examining the Trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Column by Troy Farah July 19, 2013
A column in which we explore the various misgivings and strengths of girls that are Manic, Pixie and Dreamy.