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.

Elizabeth Bennet: The Original Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

Column by Leah Rhyne January 19, 2017
Let's dig into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope to see if, perhaps, Jane Austen created the original: Elizabeth Bennet of 'Pride and Prejudice'.

The Call is Coming From Inside the House: Why the Home-Invasion Genre is Still Scary

Column by Max Booth III December 22, 2015
How to make old genre tropes new again.

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.

Five Situations Horror Characters Get Themselves Into (and What Would Happen in Real Life)

Column by Raine Winters October 8, 2015
Among the lessons you will learn: Karma's a bitch, don't piss off serial killers, and never under any circumstances enter a basement.

Fiction Shmiction: The Complex Question of Writing as Activism

Column by Robbie Blair September 29, 2015
If we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.

Storyville: Avoiding Tropes in Horror

Column by Richard Thomas November 12, 2014
What are horror tropes, and how can you avoid them?

Bella Swan and the Art of the Audience Surrogate

Column by Leah Dearborn January 24, 2014
Despite being loathed by literate people around the globe, characters like Bella Swan still manage to move copies off the shelves. Is it just bad writing or something more?

Sci-fi & Fantasy: Out With the Old, In With the New

Column by Rajan Khanna January 10, 2014
We look at some of the tired, old tropes of Science Fiction & Fantasy and what fresh, new takes could replace them.

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.

The Uncanny Factor: Why Little Girls Scare the Shit Out of Us

Column by Robbie Blair October 23, 2013
Why do we use little girls as a way to scare people? This article gives a quick look at the concept of "the uncanny" and examines the trope of the creepy little girl.

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.