Dear Opl: A Review

Dear Opl Shelley Sackier My Review: 4 of 5 stars It's been a while since I've devoured a book as sweet and sticky as Dear Opl. Shelley Sackier's breakout novel is charming and sophisticated, written to be both entertaining and educational. Opal is thirteen years old, and life simply isn't going well for her. Her [...]

Translating Cultures

Translating Cultures

It has occurred to me in recent days that I read a lot of translated fiction from all across the world. My bookshelf is full of works from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Germany, Greece and Italy, and much of the time, they are some of the most treasured books in my collection. However, I have [...]

Archetypes: Hero

Archetypes: Hero

Life is full of peril. Danger and darkness lurk the corners, and in our blackest moments, most of those journeys would fail if not for the Hero rising up to save the day. He--or she--is the final trump against evil: resilient, strong, and death-defying. We experience most stories from the eyes of the Hero, and many [...]

Archetypes: Everyperson

Archetypes: Everyperson

Sometimes the Ego is unassuming. It is the Everyman. It is the Everywoman. The Everyperson. Morality, virtue, and equality are important--and when you are an Everyperson, perhaps they are appreciated more than anything else. Among the twelve archetypes, there are none more "centered" than he. The Everyperson is not just centered in heart and spirituality and [...]

Archetypes: Innocent

Archetypes: Innocent

What endears us to a character? Centuries of literature from all across the globe have shown us kings, highwaymen, samurai, wisemen, star-crossed lovers, and wizards––many so common that they have become archetypes in our consciousness. According to Carl Jung, there are twelve in all, set into three different categories of Ego, Soul, and Self. In [...]

Archetypes: The Anima & Animus in Fantasy

Archetypes: The Anima & Animus in Fantasy

Tropes. Clichés. Archetypes. From the Hero's Journey to magic swords, these devices abound in works of fantasy, from the most ancient of mythologies, to more contemporary works of fiction. While tropes and archetypes should not be confused with the more negatively-defined cliché, all work together to build a story that is not only accessible to readers, but also bigger than the page they appear on. The use of archetypes and tropes in one's writing can make for characters and stories that are complex and familiar, which urges greater investment from the audience that interacts with the story.