Tag: tropes

  • Rats In Children’s Literature

    Rats In Children’s Literature

    I’m reminded of modern children’s literature, in which an underdog, much maligned character has his/her own back. It’s pretty funny until you read the top commenter, pointing out that the rat probably has toxoplasmosis, a disorder of the brain. On the other hand, mice and rats alike aren’t timid at all when you consider how small […]

  • A Squash And A Squeeze Analysis by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Analysis

    A Squash And A Squeeze Analysis by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Analysis

    A Squash and a Squeeze is a 1993 picture book written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Sheffler. The plot is very old. A Squash and a Squeeze was published in 1993, when Donaldson was 44. It was not expected to be a big seller. For one thing, it was in rhyme, which publishers at…

  • The Symbolism of Stairs And Attics

    The Symbolism of Stairs And Attics

    STAIRS Common-sense lives on the ground floor […] on the same level as the others, as the passers-by, who are never dreamers. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space See Symbolism of the Dream House for more on stairs and the places they connect. Beauty and the Beast Stairs = Ascent To Heaven This image is…

  • The Female Injures Male Trope In Children’s Stories

    The Female Injures Male Trope In Children’s Stories

    Female on male violence is often used for comedic effect in storytelling. This holds true even when male on female violence would never fly. Is this a double standard?

  • Fathers In Children’s Literature

    Fathers In Children’s Literature

    Across children’s literature, young readers see less of mothers than they do in real life, and, as a type of wish fulfilment, many see more interaction with fictional fathers.

  • Inspector Gadget: How Children’s Media Has Changed

    Inspector Gadget: How Children’s Media Has Changed

    When a children’s story gets a remake we see more clearly how storytelling has changed. Inspector Gadget makes for a case study. Interestingly, Esquire calls this ‘the digital era’, under the idea that the use of computers has an integral impact on narrative. The medium is the message, and all that. 1. FASTER PACE Steven DeNure, president…

  • The Technique of Ticking Clocks in Storytelling

    The Technique of Ticking Clocks in Storytelling

    Once you notice ticking clocks in storytelling you see them in everything, so beware.

  • Drawing Development And Children

    The above picture was drawn by my eight-year-old. According to Gaston Bachelard, who quotes psychologists of his era, door knobs are a good sign. The Psychology Behind Drawings By Children Asking a child to draw his house is asking him to reveal the deepest dream shelter he has found for his happiness. If he is happy,…

  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Analysis

    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Analysis

    “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a famous psychological horror short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Charlotte Perkins Gilman; July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935) was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her…

  • The Mechanical Behaviour Of Fussbudgets In Comedy

    The Mechanical Behaviour Of Fussbudgets In Comedy

    Fussbudgets, sticklers, officious types, whatever you want to call them — comedy gold. An essential component of the fussbudget is mechanical behaviour.  We’ve all had run-ins with them, which makes the comedy aspect universal. MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR ON SCREEN This gag plays out especially well visually, so you’ll see it in many films and TV shows.…

  • Witches In Children’s Literature

    Witches In Children’s Literature

    The Weirdness Of Using Witches In Modern Entertainment Witches are female equivalent of storybook pirates in that the character is based on something very real and disturbing. I’d like to append ‘in our past’ but very disturbingly, It’s 2013 And They’re Burning Witches (from The Global Mail). See also: Woman Brutally Murdered in Papua New Guinea After Being Accused…

  • The Female Maturity Formula Of Modern Storytelling

    The Female Maturity Formula Of Modern Storytelling

    When it comes to modern storytelling in Hollywood animated films for children, Pixar is at the top of the field. In fact, The Good Dinosaur, released late 2015, might have been their very first lemon, depending on what you’re looking for in a film for children.