Tag: romance

  • Tristan and Isolde: Passionate vs Spiritual Love

    Tristan and Isolde: Passionate vs Spiritual Love

    Today we think of love in binaries such as love versus lust, but go back a few centuries and the binary was thought of a little differently: Passionate vs. Spiritual.

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  • Story Opening Case Study: The Time Traveller’s Wife

    Story Opening Case Study: The Time Traveller’s Wife

    The opening to sci-fi romance epic, The Time Traveller’s Wife, was a massive bestseller upon publication. How do the opening paragraphs draw readers in?

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  • The Bridges Of Madison County Film Study

    The Bridges Of Madison County Film Study

    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American one-true-love romance. The film is based on a 1992 best-selling, terribly written novel by Robert James Waller.

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  • Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

    Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

    Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in the 1590s. Like modern audiences, Shakespeare’s live audiences already knew the plot because he nicked it from The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (already three decades old at the time). Obviously, when Shakespeare got his paws on plots he elevated them to greatness. But even before that, stories about young, thwarted (star-crossed) lovers…

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  • Monster House Film Study

    Monster House Film Study

    Monster House is a 2006 animated feature length film for a middle grade audience. The script was written by  Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. Harmon and Schrab had collaborated on Laser Fart previously, a film which I have not seen and will not be adding to my watch list. Monster House is already 12 years old, but the animation still looks pretty good.…

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  • To The Manor Born Storytelling Techniques

    To The Manor Born Storytelling Techniques

    To The Manor Born is a British romantic comedy series written by Peter Spence which aired from 1979 to 1981. The actors reunited for a Christmas special in 2007. The writer is also known for Rosemary & Thyme and Not The Nine O’Clock News. Spence is educated in politics and American studies, which come across in his one-liners — these…

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  • My Summer Of Love Film Study

    My Summer Of Love Film Study

    My Summer Of Love is a 2004 film based on a novel by Helen Cross set in 1984. If you’ve seen Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures (1994), My Summer Of Love bears similarities: A relationship of romantic infatuation between two teenage girls from very different backgrounds. This film puts the relationship between the girls to the forefront, making it a romance rather…

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  • Wallace and Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf Or Death

    In Wallace and Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf Or Death, Wallace and his dog, Gromit, open a bakery and get tied up with a murder mystery. But, when Wallace falls in love Gromit is left to solve the case. GENRE BLEND OF ‘A MATTER OF LOAF OR DEATH’ comedy, horror, romance >> cosy mystery STORY WORLD OF ‘A MATTER OF…

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  • Storytelling Tips From Anne Of Green Gables

    Revisiting Anne Of Green Gables as an adult reader, several things stick out: Listen to Anne of Green Gables for free at Librivox THE INFLUENCE OF CINDERELLA In real life, the character of Anne Shirley would be a lifelong social workers’ project. Her parents died of ‘the fever’ when she was an infant and since then she’s been pushed around…

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  • Romantic Comedies

    Romantic Comedies

    Notes on the genre of romantic comedy.

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  • Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Film Study

    Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Film Study

    Muriel’s Wedding is an iconic 1994 film. If you’re ever in Australia and hear, “You’re terrible, Muriel,” this movie is where it comes from. Mix of Genres Comedy, drama, romance. There’s a romance subgenre called ‘fake relationship’. These are romantic stories in which two people are forced into emotional closeness via proximity or circumstance. Muriel’s Wedding doesn’t quite fit this…

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  • Waitress Film Study (2007)

    Waitress Film Study (2007)

    Waitress is a 2007 film with a tragic real life story behind the movie. It is also a good storytelling case study, as it changes mood part way through. Though I don’t like Waitress nearly as much as I like Juno, it’s worth a brief compare and contrast as a way of understanding the way the rom-com is evolving through the…

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  • Compare and Contrast: Twilight and Pride and Prejudice

    Compare and Contrast: Twilight and Pride and Prejudice

    Is Twilight the modern Pride and Prejudice? There are some interesting parallels. I listened to a lecture from the Kid You Not Podcast in which Clementine and Lauren discuss the appeal of dark paranormal romance among teenage girls. This reminded me of a lecture delivered by La Trobe University’s David Beagley. Fiction For Young Adults, Lecture 9: What it is to…

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  • The Appeal Of Dark Paranormal Romance

    The Appeal Of Dark Paranormal Romance

    Paranormal romance is a literary subgenre of the romance novel. A type of speculative fiction, paranormal romance focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation.

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