Tag: vampires

  • Making A Retro Children’s Book Cover With Midjourney AI

    Making A Retro Children’s Book Cover With Midjourney AI

    Is it possible to art direct the Midjourney AI art generator? If you’re new to Midjourney, see my lengthy post on how it works.

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  • The Man Upstairs by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    The Man Upstairs by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    Let’s take a look at a vampire story by American writer Ray Bradbury. “The Man Upstairs” was first published in the March 1947 issue of Harper’s Magazine. You’ll also find it in Stories Volume One and Bradbury’s 1955 collection called The October Country.

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  • Cryptobotany and Creepy Trees In Stories and Art

    Cryptobotany and Creepy Trees In Stories and Art

    With their roots reaching deep into the earth, trees encapsulate the tense relationship of history and modernity.

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  • Cannibalism in Storytelling

    Cannibalism in Storytelling

    If you wanted to create a scary monster, the scariest ever, how would you go about it?

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  • Symbolism of Black, Darkness and Night

    Symbolism of Black, Darkness and Night

    Across the globe, black has negative connotations. This is probably because night-time is black, and historically night-time is the scariest, most dangerous time for humans. Our eyes have evolved for daylight. That’s why I’m combining ‘night’ and ‘black’ when delving into symbolism. Black is not technically a colour, rather an absence of colour. Artists are often advised against using black…

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  • Vampire Terminology

    Vampire Terminology

    A list of words and concepts related to vampires. First, what do we mean by ‘vampire’?

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  • The Symbolism of Broomsticks

    The Symbolism of Broomsticks

    Broomsticks are useful storytelling symbols that serve double duty — they are a symbol of female oppression (tied to the house and the drudgery of housework) but also, by leap of imagination, turn into a vehicle by which to escape. Broomsticks may keep a woman housebound, but also afford the imaginative freedom to fly. Which is the correct way to…

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  • Up At A Villa by Helen Simpson Short Story Analysis

    Up At A Villa by Helen Simpson Short Story Analysis

    “Up At A Villa” is a short story by Helen Simpson, opening her 2011 collection In-flight Entertainment. This is a lyrical short story full of symbolism. Cover copy tells us to expect work a la Alice Munro. Of all the stories here, the images in “Up At A Villa” are most reminiscent of Munro — young and old are juxtaposed,…

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  • Werewolves In Storytelling

    Werewolves In Storytelling

    I’ve previously taken a close look at wolves in literature, specifically in children’s stories. Werewolves are a separate archetype from wolves and play a different storytelling role. In folklore and fairytale, werewolves are lunar figures which stand in for cyclic time, alongside. dragons, serpents and related creatures.  THE HISTORY OF WEREWOLVES IN A NUTSHELL Werewolf literally means ‘Man Wolf’. Were…

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  • What is an extradiegetic narrator?

    What is an extradiegetic narrator?

    Writers  think in terms of point of view: omniscient, third person, first person, second person. Close third person, universal first person and so on. For most purposes, point of view as a concept does fine. But it’s worth taking a brief look at terminology used by narratologists. Every narratologist comes with their own terminology. The concepts below are courtesy of…

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  • The Ideology Of Persistence In Children’s Literature Analysis

    The Ideology Of Persistence In Children’s Literature Analysis

    If you work hard you will find success. Persistence leads to success is a comforting truism, because we feel the future is under our own control. Work hard, you win. An episode of a Freakonomics podcast provides a strong, economically sound argument for sometimes giving up.  But you’ll be hard pressed to find a book for which encourages quitting. When a…

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  • What are character flaws in fiction writing?

    What are character flaws in fiction writing?

    Most writers are well-aware that a main character needs a shortcoming. Christopher Vogler and other high profile story gurus often talk about a lack: It can be very effective to show that a hero is unable to perform some simple task at the beginning of the story. In Ordinary People the young hero Conrad is unable to eat French toast…

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  • Teachers In Children’s Literature

    Teachers In Children’s Literature

    Teachers in children’s stories can be mentors, opponents, fake opponents, or very much background characters. In young adult literature, teachers can (problematically) be love opponents. Why is it that English, drama and music teachers are most often recalled as our mentors and inspirations? Maybe because artists are rarely members of the popular crowd. Roger Ebert It’s January 1986. The launch…

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  • Storytelling Tips From Anne Of Green Gables

    Revisiting Anne Of Green Gables as an adult reader, several things stick out: The influence of Cinderella, the rags to riches story which is often counted as one of the ‘six basic plots‘ The influence of Pride and Prejudice Anne Of Green Gables has a lot in common with modern YA stories aimed at young women. THE INFLUENCE OF CINDERELLA In…

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  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman Storytelling Tips

    If I Stay by Gayle Forman Storytelling Tips

    If I Stay by Gayle Foreman is a young adult novel published 2009. This book is beautifully plotted, and makes an excellent case study if writers are planning a story with an ‘alternating’ plot. WELCOME TO THE THIRD GOLDEN AGE This book is an excellent example of ‘The Third Golden Age Of Children’s Literature’, as described by Amanda Craig: The emphasis in…

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