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Showing posts 11 to 20 labeled Criticism (30 total)

Thoughts on Serialization (January 29, 2017)

I've been thinking about what works for me as a series reader, and what rubs me the wrong way. More »

What I Learned from Twilight: Writing with Sincerity (January 18, 2017)

A writer can come up with the tightest plot, the wittiest dialogue, and the keenest observations of the human condition, but if she doesn't write with sincerity, her readers won't connect with the story. More »

Pros and Cons of a Strong Authorial Voice (September 18, 2016)

If done well and purposefully, a strong authorial voice can make a book. But if done badly or accidentally, it can ruin it. More »

Whodunit, Not Howdunit or Whodunwhat (September 5, 2016)

I love whodunits, but the books I borrow often end up being "howdunits" or "whodunwhats" instead. More »

American vs. East Asian Storytelling (December 17, 2015)

Cultural differences make it harder to identify with East Asian protagonists than we do with Western ones. More »

What I Learned from Bridal Mask (October 9, 2015)

I recently started watching one of the highest rated and most recommended Korean dramas of the 2010s, Bridal Mask (or Gaksital), starring heartthrob Joo Won as the titular superhero. More »

What Makes People Like Hateful Characters? (July 4, 2015)

People often judge others by their words and interpersonal behavior, not by their actions. They identify with characters who are likeable on the surface, even if they're rotten to the core. More »

What I Learned from The Hunger Games (June 30, 2015)

The task of finding a popular novel to dissect for this project was a head-scratcher, until I spotted the perfect candidate on my own bookshelf: The Hunger Games. More »

Writing a Watson (May 1, 2015)

If a main character is not directly responsible for most of the significant events in a story, you don't have a protagonist. You have a Watson. More »

Sex Isn't a Story, Intelligence Isn't Cute, and Culture Isn't Character (May 19, 2014)

On Friday I borrowed a certain library book. By Saturday night I was bitterly disappointed in the author, the publisher, and humanity as a whole. More »