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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…