Opinion

Why the Star Wars prequels were almost perfect

Don’t worry, I’ve not lost my marbles. Just hear me out. It’s a commonly accepted currency that the Star Wars prequels were a bit of a shambles. Marred by questionable writing and an even more questionable choice of actors, seasoned fans of the timeless science fiction classic were left dissatisfied and newcomers were left decidedly confused.…… Continue reading Why the Star Wars prequels were almost perfect

Academic

Defining literature as a discipline

Most academic disciplines have a firm sense of themselves as distinct fields, observable in the certainty with which their practitioners define themselves in relation to their subject. Chemists, theoretical physicists, linguists, historians, and philosophers abound in university departments and professional workplaces across the world. But what do we call a student of literature? As is often…… Continue reading Defining literature as a discipline

On Writing · Writing

Writer’s Block: The Hobgoblin of Literary Minds

Anyone who has ever made the decision to set pen to paper – or, more likely, fingers to keyboard – has experienced the struggle of being unable to effectively and continuously produce their work. Writer’s block is the bugbear not only of seasoned litterateurs but of students writing essays, managers compiling quarterly reports, and writers…… Continue reading Writer’s Block: The Hobgoblin of Literary Minds

On Writing · Writing

Why your characters should be flawed

The featured image of this post is lifted from the 1984 film adaptation (dir. Michael Radford) of Orwell’s modern classic. In it, the late Sir John Hurt plays the protagonist Winston Smith, an impoverished middle aged man living under a totalitarian regime. It is a difficult film to watch, in some ways more so than…… Continue reading Why your characters should be flawed