Tag: trickster

  • The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters is a young adult novel by New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, first published in 1986. Mahy wrote many stories for children, but The Tricksters seems to be one frequently talked about in scholarship circles, alongside The Changeover and The Haunting, which both won The Carnegie Medal. The Tricksters is a rare example of the new female mythic form, in which a main character (often femme, sometimes not) thinks and feels their way through a problem rather than leaving home to go on a journey and fight a bunch of opponents.

  • Taking Mr Ravenswood by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Taking Mr Ravenswood by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    “Taking Mr Ravenswood” is a short story by Irish-English author William Trevor, included in Last Stories (2018) and previously unpublished. The author had already died by the time this story was released to the rest of us. This is an excellent example of the ambiguity lyrical short stories are known for. To get a sense […]

  • Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore (1993) Analysis

    Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore (1993) Analysis

    Six Dinner Sid is a 1993 picture book written and illustrated by Inga Moore.

  • 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? STORY STRUCTURE OF…

  • A Long Way From Chicago By Richard Peck

    A Long Way From Chicago By Richard Peck

    A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck is a Newbery Honor book from 1998, set in the era of The Great Depression. An adult narrator looks back and remembers his wily trickster grandmother. This book is one of the most moving and well-written children’s books I’ve read, at once comical and resonant. This is…

  • The Blood Bay by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    At around the same time Annie Proulx published “The Blood Bay”, an episode of Six Feet Under saw Claire in big trouble for stealing a severed foot from her family’s funeral business and taking it with her to school. That episode, like this story, was darkly funny and made use of someone’s severed foot. It…

  • 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. Northern Lights has been adapted into a film (2007) and also into an action/adventure puzzle game (by Sega). While in some cases films can be just as enjoyable — or even more enjoyable — than the books upon which they…

  • 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.…

  • The Great Fusilli Courage The Cowardly Dog

    The Great Fusilli Courage The Cowardly Dog

    STORY STRUCTURE OF THE GREAT FUSILLI The Great Fusilli is the last Courage story of season one and it is fitting that the creators have made a work of metafiction — in other words, the audience is reminded that they are watching a TV show. WEAKNESS/NEED Courage: That it’s up to him to save the…

  • 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…

  • Strat and Chatto by Jan Mark and David Hughes Analysis

    Strat and Chatto by Jan Mark and David Hughes Analysis

    Strat and Chatto is a picture book created by Jan Mark and David Hughes. Jan Mark was a British children’s book author who died about 10 years ago in 2006. She wrote for the picture book and chapter book age range. Her subject matter was mostly ordinary kids in ordinary settings. She also wrote plays…

  • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko Analysis

    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko Analysis

    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is another feminist picturebook from the 1980s in which a scruffy princess does not end up marrying the prince. In fact, it must be one of the earliest of its kind. It’s published in 1980 and remains one of Munsch’s most popular books.