Tag: neurodiversity

  • Creepiness In Art And Storytelling

    Creepiness In Art And Storytelling

    We know when something is creepy. But how to define it? On The Nature of Creepiness is a study by McAndrew and Koehnke, who realised there had never been an empirical study on what humans find creepy. The results were ‘consistent with the hypothesis that being “creeped out” is an evolved adaptive emotional response to ambiguity about the presence of…

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  • Silicon Valley and Comedy Character Ensembles

    Silicon Valley and Comedy Character Ensembles

    The creators of Silicon Valley reveal to their audience early in the show the thinking behind their ensemble of “five guys”. This may or may not have some realworld application — I don’t know the real Silicon Valley. But even if it doesn’t ring one bit true, every time we do see this particular ensemble in real life tech teams, fans will now think of Silicon Valley, the fictional comedy show. This ensemble will seem more common than it ever was before.

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  • The Psychology of Hoarding

    The Psychology of Hoarding

    How is hoarding treated in fiction, if at all? In her short story “Free Radicals“, Alice Munro portrays a woman working through the recent loss of her husband. First, the way friends react — helpfully and unhelpfully. Funeral arrangements, immediate aftermath. Memories, both painful and beautiful, mixed in together to paint a portrait of a rounded life. The lonely act…

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  • Junie B. Jones and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

    Junie B. Jones and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

    Rejection sensitive dysphoria is an unpleasant emotion which should be more widely known. Not many people know how it feels, and even fewer know what it’s called. But Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones is an excellent fictional example of a character who lives with these hard emotions.

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  • Somersault Film Storytelling Techniques

    Somersault Film Storytelling Techniques

    Last month I wrote about the film American Honey, set in America but written and directed by Andrea Arnold, who is English. If there’s an Australian equivalent of American Honey, Somersault is it. Somersault is a 2004 film written and directed by another (all-too-rare) female filmmaker, Cate Shortland. SIMILARITIES BETWEEN AMERICAN HONEY AND SOMERSAULT Both are written from a female…

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  • Humour Study: Overly Literal Characters

    Humour Study: Overly Literal Characters

    Humorous stories about characters who find themselves in strife after taking instructions too literally are old stock comedy fodder. One of the earliest recorded in Europe is the fairytale Clever Hans — an ironic title, because Hans is a fool. Hans does something stupid, his mother tells him to do it differently next time. But when Hans applies the previous…

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  • Inside Out And Neurodiversity

    Inside Out And Neurodiversity

    Inside Out is a 2015 Disney Pixar animated film for children. This is one of Pixar’s most popular. Inside Out is therefore fascinating from a writing point of view because it an example of the battle-free myth form, which we haven’t seen much of until recently. This one is also a pedagogically useful film. Occupational therapists are using it with young…

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  • Black Mirror Season Four Storytelling Takeaways

    Black Mirror is a science fiction anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide. Each story says something about our relationship to technology and how technology affects our relationships with others. SEASON FOUR: USS CALLISTER LOG LINE: A virtual woman wakes up on a Star Trek-esque ship where the crew praise their all knowing…

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  • Humour Writing And Spongebob Squarepants

    Humour Writing And Spongebob Squarepants

    SpongeBob Squarepants is a fast-paced children’s cartoon for a dual audience, written by a guy who is also a marine biologist. This is a highly successful and long-running show, with humour that broadly appeals. This series has been running since 1999. Critics say the show has been declining in quality in the last few years, which is what critics also…

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  • Storytelling Tips From The Edge Of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen is a coming-of-age movie about an American girl called Nadine who struggles to fit in. That could describe many of us in our teen years, but with Nadine there’s a bit more to it. STORY STRUCTURE OF THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN The film opens to a witty, high stakes dialogue scene in which Nadine rushes to…

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  • Storytelling Tips From Anne Of Green Gables

    Revisiting Anne Of Green Gables as an adult reader, several things stick out: The influence of Cinderella, the rags to riches story which is often counted as one of the ‘six basic plots‘ The influence of Pride and Prejudice Anne Of Green Gables has a lot in common with modern YA stories aimed at young women. THE INFLUENCE OF CINDERELLA In…

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  • Genius Characters in Fiction

    Genius Characters in Fiction

    In stories it isn’t always the smartest or the strongest who become heroes — it is often the character who perseveres or works hardest. The villain is often smarter and stronger than the hero. What about really smart characters? Ironically in storytelling, the genius character is often the underdog. Their genius is also their shortcoming, or they have another big shortcoming…

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  • Tomboys vs Girly-girls In Middle Grade Novels

    Laura and Mary Ingalls Georg(ina) and Anne Ramona and Beezus/Susan Kushner Bean and Ivy Clementine and Margaret Junie B. and Tattletale May/Richie Lucille Each of these pairs represents a perceived dichotomy of girlhood: the girly girl versus the “tomboy”. While I use the word “tomboy”, the speech marks indicate my disdain for the very concept. A girl who likes rough-and-tumble and dressing for practicality is no…

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  • Oliver by Birgitta Sif Analysis

    Oliver by Birgitta Sif Analysis

    Birgitta Sif is a picture book illustrator originally from Iceland, now living in England. So far she has produced four books. Oliver was first published by Walker Books 2012. A nice touch is that the opening page says ‘This adventure belongs to’, where most books say ‘This book belongs to’, leaving space for the child owner’s name. This already feels…

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  • Gilmore Girls and Modern Feminism

    Why Fans Love Gilmore Girls A Fan’s Notes On Gilmore Girls from The Awl. Watching With Your Kids Here’s a good argument for watching Gilmore girls with your daughter even if you see problems with it. I kind of live by this rule. That’s how my kid knows that sex is mostly recreational — honestly, it’s TV. I enjoyed the…

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