Tag: religion

  • Doubt 2008 Film Study

    Doubt 2008 Film Study

    One of my favourite films of all time. The perfect story. I look at how ‘symbolism’ and ‘foreshadowing’ exist on a continuum and sometimes overlap.

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  • Aliens and UFOs in Storytelling

    Aliens and UFOs in Storytelling

    A brief history of aliens, UFOs and otherworldly creatures in art, literature and storytelling more generally.

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  • Women Without A Voice: In Fiction And In Life

    Women Without A Voice: In Fiction And In Life

    For some characters, self-reliance and a refusal to silence their inner voices strengthen their public voices. For others, art provides a metaphorical expression of voice. Often characters recognise the dialogic nature of voice: their voices exist only in dialogues with other people. … They recover their voices because they recognise the power of language. … Regarding voice and silencing, Barbara…

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  • A Glossary of Genie and Djinn Words

    A Glossary of Genie and Djinn Words

    Abu Al-Jann Father of the Jann. Aforetime God said he created the djinn ‘aforetime’. Stories of the djinn predate the Quran. The concept of the djinn is ancient. Aladdin Disney’s Aladdin is a presentation of a stereotypical genie as we view them in the West. Aladd in is only loosely based on the folklore of the djinn. Like “Ali Baba”,…

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  • The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg Picturebook Analysis

    The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg Picturebook Analysis

    “The Widow’s Broom” is a 1992 picture book by American author illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Like many of Van Allsburg’s books, this one remains popular with teachers, partly because this is a storyteller who requires the reader to do a little work. Students can practise their inference skills in class. Like all good stories which rely on reader imagination, this…

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  • How To Write Like William Trevor

    How To Write Like William Trevor

    William Trevor didn’t like giving interviews. Part of the reason: Interviewers would try to get him to break down his process. But he considered the entire thing a mystery; he could never explain how he wrote. He worried that if he got too “academic” in his approach, he’d no longer be able to write. (He would have hated this entire…

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  • Narrative Structure of a Miracle Story

    Narrative Structure of a Miracle Story

    LITTLEWOOD’S LAW Around once per month, each of us experiences a “miracle” (an event with odds of one in a million). Across the world miracles are literally happening all the time, but because there are so many of them we perceive them as mundane. @G_S_Bhogal DEFINITION OF A MIRACLE Miracle: Divine communication with humans via extraordinary actions. Gods can interact…

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  • A Glossary of The Underworld

    Since we’re all going to hell (by someone’s rules), here is a glossary of terms you may need before you get there. I’d provide a map, but that is coming. ACHERON One of the Five Rivers of the Realm of Hades, according to Ancient Greeks. This is an actual river located in northwest Greece. The Ancient Greeks called it the…

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  • Writing Activity: Describe A Church

    Writing Activity: Describe A Church

    A collection of churches for inspiration

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  • Symbolism of The Child

    Symbolism of The Child

    Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of merely a descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these are the marks of childhood and adolescence […] The modern view seems to me to…

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  • Deals With The Devil In Storytelling

    Deals With The Devil In Storytelling

    Humans have been making transactions with money for about 5000 years. Before that, our ancestors traded goods; before that, favours. We are a species highly attuned to swapping, making deals, owing favours and keeping stock. So it’s not surprising that we personify ‘fate’ or ‘life itself’ or God or whatever, and feel, deep down, that if one good thing happens…

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  • Story Structure: Anagnorisis

    Story Structure: Anagnorisis

    Anagnorisis is a moment in a work of fiction when a character makes a critical discovery. Even for plotters rather than pantsers, this is the part of writing that often emerges in the process of storycrafting.

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  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

    The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

    To a modern audience, The Little Match Girl is unbearably tragic. Perhaps, like me, you vividly recall reading your version of this story as a young kid and being profoundly affected. For me, it was probably the first time I considered the possibility of childhood death.

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  • Storytelling Tips from Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

    Storytelling Tips from Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

    Northern Lights is a young adult story with broad appeal for adults. The plot follows mythic structure.

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  • Religion In Children’s Literature

    Religion In Children’s Literature

    Religion is still everywhere. So, reflecting and influencing the culture in which we find them, children’s books are not secular either. It’s interesting to interrogate the role of religion in children’s literature because children’s literature is an acculturating medium: It will introduce children to social life and history so is both educational and enjoyable. Many of the following notes are…

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