Heroes, Dark Heroes, and Antiheroes: How audience preferences have changed through the generations and what comes next

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

I Can’t Do This Anymore: Dealing with Genre Burnout

So very often, we writers get a special idea in our head. “This time,” we think to ourselves, “I want to really wow my readers with a new type of story, something I’ve never written before.” Maybe we watched a particularly good mystery show (Murder She Wrote, anyone?), or we’re getting a horror itch. My … Continue reading I Can’t Do This Anymore: Dealing with Genre Burnout