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.
Column by Leah Rhyne January 19, 2017 (1) comments
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'.
Column by Max Booth III December 22, 2015 (1) comments
How to make old genre tropes new again.
Column by Bart Bishop
A look at five movies that utilize the convenient coma as a cliche to knock characters out of a narrative.
Column by Raine Winters October 8, 2015 (1) comments
Among the lessons you will learn: Karma's a bitch, don't piss off serial killers, and never under any circumstances enter a basement.
Column by Robbie Blair September 29, 2015 (1) comments
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.
Column by Richard Thomas November 12, 2014 (7) comments
What are horror tropes, and how can you avoid them?
Column by Leah Dearborn January 24, 2014 (2) comments
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?
Column by Rajan Khanna January 10, 2014 (6) comments
We look at some of the tired, old tropes of Science Fiction & Fantasy and what fresh, new takes could replace them.
Column by Troy Farah October 31, 2013 (4) comments
From ancient Greek myths to Snow White to today, Dystropia looks at the trope of the Damsel in Distress.
Column by Robbie Blair October 23, 2013 (7) comments
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.
Column by Troy Farah July 19, 2013 (15) comments
A column in which we explore the various misgivings and strengths of girls that are Manic, Pixie and Dreamy.