As writers and artists, we're always looking for ways to express things better, to show our readers and audience how a character is growing, developing, and changing, and recently, through watching The Glass Slipper, I encountered a new means of adding to the "show, don't tell" techniques: dance. The plot is that of Cinderella, with Leslie Caron … Continue reading Dance as a Means of Showing, Not Telling
I've been thinking about characters and their appearances in preparation for the "Characters in Costume" blogfest for the end of October, and I've also been reading some of the classic Disney stories to my two sons. As a result, I've been thinking about the way Cinderella's stepsisters come across in the books and film. Anastasia … Continue reading Cinderella’s Stepsisters: Ugly or Mislabeled?
I recently watched the 1956 version of Anastasia with my friend and fellow-blogger, Christina Wehner. I grew up on the 1997 fantasy version and had long been curious to see the movie behind it. And it was interesting to watch, but I found the ending frustrating. Christina argued that it was designed to emphasize the … Continue reading Anastasia and The Importance of a Balanced Beginning
I give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories that I want to use my online space, once a week, to send all of you to read something you might otherwise miss. Let this redirect … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #2
Most Star Wars fans know the movies aren’t perfect—especially when the prequels are taken into consideration. The special effects were somewhat problematic (seeing how much the industry changed between the original trilogy and now), and efforts to turn the entire series into a cohesive whole just causes uproar among the fans (think of all the … Continue reading Star Wars and Its Writing Problems
I know this sounds utterly basic, but as I’m editing my way through my first novel again, I realized the biggest problem I had was not treating my novel as a novel and playing to its strengths. It’s sci-fi/fantasy, and as such, is very similar to much of what we see on the silver screen … Continue reading Playing to a Novel’s Strengths
A Review of the 2013 Romeo & Juliet Movie I’ve seen many renditions of Romeo & Juliet: on-stage and on-screen. I saw Zeffirelli’s film version in my college Shakespeare class, and I saw the beginning of the 1996 version, Romeo + Juliet (That was as far as I could get; it was way too modernized … Continue reading Much to Do With Hate, But More With Love
If you haven’t run across this thoughtful oasis, I suggest you march your browser straight over to her blog and check it out. Admittedly, I am biased…Christina is my cousin and very dear friend, but her blog is a delight in its own right, full of reviews of old movies and songs I had never … Continue reading Review – Christina Wehner’s Blog