As part of the ongoing Flashback Friday series, here is a post whose content originally appeared in June 2014. G. K. Chesterton wrote about a great many matters, including fairy tales, and I’m not going to try to capture the entirety of his thoughts on the subject. However, three of his essays present some very … Continue reading Flashback Friday: An Argument for Children to Read Fairy Tales and Fantasy
Villains are a part of a great deal of fiction. Not every story has to have one, of course, but the action/adventure, science fiction, and fantasy genres tend to rely on the presence of evil-minded characters pretty heavily (and even romance can have a trouble-making rival). But what are our options when it comes to … Continue reading What To Do With Villains? #atozchallenge #amwriting #fantasy
If what we read becomes part of us, as C. S. Lewis asserts is inevitable when one reads deeply, taking in a work to enjoy every aspect of it, then what we read becomes vitally important. If our reading is more than just “passing the time” and becomes something we talk about, think about, and … Continue reading The Evil in Good Books
A Glimpse at the Writing Philosophy of the Man who created Thursday on Tuesday As part of our ongoing series on a Christian Aesthetic (the philosophy a Christian could or should have when dealing with all things artistic), this was due out yesterday, but since its focus is on G. K. Chesterton, the writer famous … Continue reading One Day Late or Two Days Early…
Writing for The Boston Globe shortly after the second The Hobbit movie installment came out, Ed Power claims that seeing J. R. R. Tolkien as the model for the fantasy genre “makes it all too easy for those new to these fantastical worlds to assume Tolkien’s prudishness, his sometimes archaic prose, and his Boy Scout … Continue reading Do We Still Need Heroes?