Tag: satire

  • Diary of an Interesting Year by Helen Simpson Short Story Analysis

    Diary of an Interesting Year by Helen Simpson Short Story Analysis

    “Diary of an Interesting Year” by Helen Simpson is a science fiction short story and the final story in her collection In-flight Entertainment. This story is written in diary format and is a critique of the apocalyptic dystopian genre. “Interesting” of the title is classic understatement. The comedy achieved by the irony and satire in this story is dark. FEATURES…

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  • Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs Analysis

    Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs Analysis

    Some say that the very first British graphic novel was True Love (1981) by Posy Simmonds. Others would say it was Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. This month I wrote a post on Teaching Kids How To Structure A Story.  Earlier in the month I looked at a wordless picture book, The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Today I continue with a…

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  • Desperate Housewives Storytelling Tips

    Desperate Housewives ran for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012. This show is a great example of a ‘cozy mystery’. TAGLINES Taglines are for the marketing copy.  Season One: Everyone has a little dirty laundry…/Secrets. Romance. Murder. All On One Street. THE LOGLINE/PREMISE For maximum narrative drive the premise should be all about the plot. A premise that works will…

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