So, you’ve figured one fictional world isn’t enough. You want to go bigger and create a whole galaxy of worlds! But how do even start planning out all of your hundreds or even thousands of planets? Never fear, because I’ve got some simple tips to keep you from too much effort or thought into any […]Read more "How to make your own galaxy in 4 easy steps"
In another post, I talked about how female heroes in science fiction and fantasy stories need to possess their own agency within the worlds they inhabit. This means women in Star Wars need to be able to handle weapons and starships, female warriors in Lord of the Rings need to have the opportunity to stand and […]Read more "The Dependency and Power of the Disney Princesses"
One of the biggest critiques of The Avengers, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the rest of the superhero movies made by Marvel Studios is how similar and same-y they all feel. But with 12 movies released so far and another 9 announced, it doesn’t seem like the comicbook-based studio is slowing down anytime […]Read more "The Not-So-Secret Formula Behind the Marvel Movies"
So, you’ve decided to make your very own fantasy novel/movie/video game/RPG/MMORPGTGIF. You’ve already planned out what kinds of unique and interesting creatures will live in your magical world: elves, dwarves, wizards, totally-not-orcs-even-though-they-definitely-look-and-act-exactly-like-orcs, and dragons. Now, to continue your streak of originality, you want to make a map of your fantasy land, so everyone will know how well […]Read more "How to make your own fantasy map in 4 easy steps"
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens fast approaching, I wanted to talk about a serious issue that has plagued this series and many like it for decades: the low number of women heroes. Of course it’s no secret that Star Wars lacks female characters. There’s a grand total of three named women in the original trilogy, and the […]Read more "Star Wars, Women, and Successful Marketing"