Tag: juxtaposition

  • In The Middle Of The Night by Robert Cormier

    In The Middle Of The Night by Robert Cormier

    In The Middle Of The Night is a young adult horror novel by American author Robert Cormier. Written in the mid 1990s, this was one of his later works.

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  • What is a heterotopia?

    What is a heterotopia?

    I have previously written about utopias, snail under the leaf settings, idylls and dystopias. I thought I had -topias covered. Then I came across the word heterotopia. What’s that, now? Foucault uses the term “heterotopia” to describe spaces that have more layers of meaning or relationships to other places than immediately meet the eye. In general, a heterotopia is a…

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  • Humour In Children’s Stories

    Founding editor of The Onion wants to help with the job of learning the write comedy. Stephen Johnson argues that every joke falls into one of 11 categories. At first glance this sounds like the ‘Seven Basic Plots’ idea, which is a pretty unhelpful way of looking at story if you’re harbouring hopes of telling one — forget whether there’s…

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  • A Brief Taxonomy Of Book Titles

    A Brief Taxonomy Of Book Titles

    When writing a story, sometimes titles come easily, other times hard. This is something the self-published author has to think about. Traditionally published authors don’t need to get invested in the title. Marketing departments will decide for you. Here’s a secret: many, many, many titles are changed once a publisher gets hold of them. In fact, every single one of…

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  • Storytelling Notes On A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2017)

    Storytelling Notes On A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2017)

    Daniel Handler wrote the teleplay (as well as the books) to the Netflix adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events. The author’s voice and politics come through loud and clear.

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  • Goodbye My Brother by John Cheever Analysis

    Goodbye My Brother by John Cheever Analysis

    “Goodbye My Brother” is one of John Cheever’s best known short stories. In fact, it was this story which contributed to Cheever’s receiving his Guggenheim Scholarship. Cheever returned time and again to the dynamic of an uneasy relationship between two brothers. The relationship is always a metaphor for something bigger. I prefer the nihilist brother Lawrence, nick-named ‘Croaker’. He may have a tendency to…

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