Much has been made about the oft-lamented shift from Hero to Antihero and the modern obsession with romanticizing evil. Most frequently, I've heard this complaint directed at modern western media's fixation on selecting one unyielding human trash fire after another as every main character. There's a reason modern book sales and movie sales are struggling. … Continue reading Heroes, Dark Heroes, and Antiheroes: How audience preferences have changed through the generations and what comes next
Now seems a good time to stop and take stock of what my supporters and I have accomplished together in the last 24 months.
A lot of modern storytellers, critics, and reviewer types lament these things called tropes, literary and rhetorical devices which appear frequently enough to be recognizable. The same goes for archetypes, characters of certain frequencies types (wise old granny, etc). The complaints go that tropes and archetypes are tired and old and no longer interesting. That … Continue reading Why Tropes are Good
Christian fiction has a problem. People tend to scoff at this genre. The cliche is that Christian fiction preaches to the choir and tries to convert the reader. Are non-believers likely to buy Christian fiction books? Aren't the readers already Christian? If you start with a message and smear a thin layer of story over … Continue reading The Deus Vult Wastelanders Project