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Discussion: Cheating Tropes

I’ve seen some discussions about books lately that have frustrated me, largely because they center around “the cheating trope.” For this post, I’m going to be breaking down that “the cheating trope” is actually a few key tropes with major differences, and how applying the same interpretation to all of them does a major disservice […]

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DNF Review: Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix

So normally my DNF reviews are about books, but as I tried to watch the Netflix adaptation of Tiny Pretty Things specifically as soon as I finished the book this seemed appropriate for a blog post! In fact, part of my motivation for reading the book at all was that the show suddenly seemed like […]

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Discussion: Narratives and Autonomy in Storytelling

“Who tells your story?” This refrain should ring a bell for anyone who has listened to or watched the musical Hamilton. A sweeping success with a tremendous cult following, the musical adapted a biography of Alexander Hamilton into a hip-hop sensation praised for everything from casting choices to the construction of the stage. Ultimately, the […]

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Revisiting Fatphobia: Addressing the issue in One to Watch

One to Watch book summary [review here!] One to Watch follows fashion blogger Bea, a plus size woman who works to help other women find fashionable and affordable pieces that flatter their shapes and curves. After a drunken tirade against the show Main Squeeze (based on The Bachelor and its tie ins), Bea finds herself […]

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Trope Discussion: Asshole With a Heart of Gold

Hiya readers and welcome to another discussion post! Feel free to jump in at the bottom and leave your thoughts on this trope, which I’m sure many of us are familiar with! The Trope Itself The trope for “Asshole With a Heart of Gold” is essentially based around a character–usually a man, the male romantic […]

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Discussion: Rushed Happy Endings

So. I think we’ve all been there. We’re reading a wonderful book, and maybe there’s some heartbreak or some drama, there’s about a quarter of the book left, and we’re desperate to know “how is this going to resolve?” We’re rooting for the main character, their friends and family, and we want a happy ending. […]

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Discussion: Writers who cross genres

Hello bookworms! For this post, I want to discuss how authors who work across multiple genres really get to flex their writing skills. Sometimes you’ll notice that an author injects a little bit of their other genres into their various projects. I find that doing this really opens up genres to trope inversions, new ideas, […]

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Discussion: Flintlock Fantasy, what is it?

So first things first: Flintlock Fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy (actually it’s a subgenre of a subgenre) that is kind of unofficial. It’s not widely known, nor used as a common tag, but it’s acknowledged if small. The genre name comes from the use of flintlock weapons, a type of mechanism in guns. It’s […]

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Discussion: Emotional Payoff, when it works, it works!

What is emotional payoff? Emotional payoff in a novel is when act one of a book, or several installments in a series, sets up a moment of emotional reward, catharsis, or accomplishment for the protagonist(s). Often this takes the form of finally achieving something they’ve long desired, being praised by an important family member or […]

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Trope Discussion: “To turn or not to turn,” the vampire question

Introduction: What is the trope? This trope typically appears in vampire romances. The question is whether or not the vampire in the relationship should or shouldn’t turn the human. Often, the question comes up for a variety of reasons. The obvious and practical reasoning is that a vampire is immortal and typically never ages, whereas […]