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  • The Storybook Police Archetype

    The Storybook Police Archetype

    Australia has a uniquely trusting relationship with its police force. We might say the image of police here in Australia is based on a storybook image, one which is cultivated in white kids from the time we start reading children’s books. The only feelings mankind has inspired in policemen are indifference and scorn. UN FLIC (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1972) Today I’ll…

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  • The Harlot’s Progress Archetypal Story

    The Harlot’s Progress Archetypal Story

    ‘The Wise Virgins’ published 1864 by Sir John Everett Millais

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  • The Tale Of Pigling Bland by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    The Tale Of Pigling Bland by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    As you read “The Tale of Pigling Bland” (1913) imagine Beatrix Potter sitting in a pig shed with her art gear and muck boots on, because that’s how she spent one summer, diligently rendering pigs (and then decking them out in clothes). Apparently she struggled to knock this one out. She’d had a big year.

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  • The Tale of Ginger and Pickles by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    The Tale of Ginger and Pickles by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    The Tale of Ginger and Pickles by Beatrix Potter is a story of utopian, idealised capitalism, first published 1909. This is how we’d all like capitalism to work — small local businesses provide goods and services; those friends providing the best goods and services win out, those ill-suited to small business find other, more suitable occupations. All is fair and…

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  • Writing Detective Stories

    Writing Detective Stories

    A detective story is a type of mystery told through the eyes of law enforcers. Crime stories, in contrast, are often told through the eyes of the criminal. An example of a crime story is The Sopranos. Detective stories relate the solving of a crime, usually one or more murders, by a main character who may or may not be…

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  • All About The Thriller Genre

    All About The Thriller Genre

    Below, I list a collection of thought-provoking tips on writing the thriller genre. It’s not that easy to pinpoint what a thriller is, because a lot of descriptions focus on the tone. But this doesn’t help writers much. From a writing point of view, the thriller must contain certain things, otherwise it’s not a thriller. Usually defined by the intensity…

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  • Lamb To The Slaughter by Roald Dahl Analysis

    Lamb To The Slaughter by Roald Dahl Analysis

    “Lamb to the Slaughter” is one of Roald Dahl’s most widely read short stories, studied in high school English classes around the English speaking world. In this post I take a close look at the structure from a writing point of view. Why has this story found such wide love? What appeals?

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  • How Police Procedurals Are Different From Real Police Work

    Police procedurals are the most popular subgenre of story worldwide. We have police procedurals such as The Wire, which has a dedicated and enthusiastic fanbase of those who like mimesis in their fiction, but the fact is, cinéma vérité is pretty hard to follow if you’re trying to just relax and enjoy. Of course the audience knows that police procedurals are…

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