Write to Market and Write What You Love

I first came across the idea of writing to market in a book by Chris Fox entitled, simply enough, Write to Market. It’s a great book, and I highly recommend you read it. I’ve linked it below. I’m not going to go into extreme detail in this post on how to write to market (I’ll save that for a future post). But this post will specifically cover the issue of writing to market vs. writing what you love. Is it even possible to do both? But before we answer that, let’s cover some basics. Continue reading “Write to Market and Write What You Love”

7 Best Self-publishing Podcasts

When you’re just starting out with your book writing, and/or publishing business (or even if you’re not), it’s a good idea to stay current with the latest trends and tips in the self-publishing world. Personally, I find podcasts to be one of the most accessible ways to stay in the know. They’re a great way to keep up to date on the news, gain tips from successful authors, and generally learn more. Continue reading “7 Best Self-publishing Podcasts”

Live Free or Twihard: Bella’s Heroic Journey for Wholeness in Fantasy

Note: this is a paper I did back when I was in Brigham Young University earning my bachelor’s degree. Whether or not you like the Twilight series, there’s something be understood in the psychology of its readers, to understand what makes something so popular.

The Twilight series has undergone nearly every form of criticism known to the written world. And yet, the enormous popularity of the series speaks to it’s value in the psycho analysis of our culture, particularly that of young teenage girls (the series’ primary readership). Despite shallow characters and a lot of cheesy dialogue, there are many core elements that make Twilight more significant. These include myth, the psychological archetypes found there, and the fantastical narratives used to bring them about. For instance, Bella undergoes a version of the hero’s journey, which is an archetype found in practically every culture. In this journey she discovers many other universal archetypes, like the animus (the male side of herself) which once transcended is a big step in the direction her journey is leading her: to wholeness. Continue reading “Live Free or Twihard: Bella’s Heroic Journey for Wholeness in Fantasy”

Shadow Control: Batman’s Relationship with Himself Through his Enemies

Many would agree that one of the reasons why Batman is among the more popular superheroes is the ensemble of villains he fights, and that he is defined by these men and women. Practically every single villain is insane to one degree or another. Each is also a reflection of Batman, and the question is often raised whether or not he is the creator of his villains, or whether they created him. Many of these ideas and the symbols associated with them tie into the Jungian archetype of the Shadow. Bruce Wayne has many personal demons to control, much as his alter-ego does with villains like the Joker, or Two Face, and the Shadow archetype is representative of this. In Christopher Nolan’s film version of The Dark Knight he brings this idea to fruition. The Joker and Two Face are used to reflect Batman’s darker side and how close he is to becoming like one of them. They are all, including Batman, part of a Jungian shadow complex that is evident in Bruce Wayne. Wayne not only has to deal with the anti-heroes of Gotham, he has to deal with the possibility that his own split personality is one of them. However, in the film, it becomes evident that Bruce Wayne is able to take responsibility for his actions and turn chaos into order, which is what allows him to control his shadow rather than let it turn him into a villain. Continue reading “Shadow Control: Batman’s Relationship with Himself Through his Enemies”

The Lord of the Rings and Escapism

Note: This is a paper I did for a British literature class. The paper covers escapism found in modern fantasy literature and using The Lord of the Rings as my primary example. I think it’s one of my best papers so far.

In an academic setting, if you ever mention Twilight, or Harry Potter, or Star Wars, alongside The Faerie Queen, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Beowulf, or even Frankenstein you will quickly be excused from the conversation. This often creates conflict between fans and academics. For instance, The Lord of the Rings has often been both praised and rejected by the literary world. This bias is often attributed to “escapism,” considered an inferior reason to read literature. It would be better to read in order to better perceive reality, to understand, to learn…wouldn’t it? Though “escapist” literature has often been frowned upon in the academic community, a close study of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings reveals that escapism is part of human nature and therefore can enhance our reality, instead of covering it up. Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings and Escapism”

Why all Storytellers and Businesses Should Consider Cross-platform Storytelling

This is something I think every storyteller and entertainment business should learn, that creating a multi-platform story can only help the success of that story. Generally speaking, in any entertainment franchise, there is a particular medium that is the “core” of the story. For Star Wars it’s film, for Harry Potter it’s books, for Halo it’s video games. However, many of these do not exclude themselves only to these mediums, instead of branching out to include others. These are some of the stories that we specialize in here at All Timelines. And here are some reasons why this should be used more than it is. Continue reading “Why all Storytellers and Businesses Should Consider Cross-platform Storytelling”

Novelization of the First Scene in ‘Casino Royale’

This is a class assignment that I got to do. The class was a literature and film class, focusing mainly on how one platform is adapted to another. In this assignment we got to take a short scene from a movie and adapt it as a novelization, or short story. I chose to take my scene from the very beginning of Casino Royale the twenty-first James Bond film, and one of my favorite scenes in film. I hope you enjoy. I, of course, do not own the rights to any of these characters or situations. This is posted entirely as a showcase of a school project.

James Bond sat quietly in the dark, waiting for his second kill to arrive. It was dark, after midnight, but he knew the man would show up soon. He always appeared at this time of night to perform his dirty work. Bond had already met up with the man’s contact and there wasn’t much to fear from him now. He had later combed through Dryden’s office and set his trap. There was no way that the man could possibly escape him now. Continue reading “Novelization of the First Scene in ‘Casino Royale’”

Three Things to Remember When Studying Adaptations

Fidelity in Adaptations

When you are studying adaptations, it is important to remember that fidelity is not a valid criterion for understanding them. Fidelity implies a direct adaptation, changing only the actual media platform it uses. This is not a good way to study adaptations because it is impossible to study a work of media, when presented on another media platform, as the same thing. They are entirely different. For example, a book is words on a page that people imagine as they read them.

A movie is a bunch of images strung together: light hitting a piece of film. You simply cannot translate one thing to another without making “changes” to the story. For example, some things are easier to do in literature than in film, like point of view. POV can be used constantly in a written medium, but is very hard to sustain for long periods of time in film because of the viewers need to actually see the protagonist. Continue reading “Three Things to Remember When Studying Adaptations”