Category Archives: Writing

5 reasons you should watch CSI:Cyber (the Best Worst Show on TV)

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Yes, I know this show is terrible. It’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen on TV. But, God help me, I also love it. It gives me the same self-indulgent feeling as getting stuck into a bag of BBQ chips, if chips had the power to make me laugh hysterically at their poor construction. So really, this show is infinitely better than a bag of chips…which might just be the highest praise I’ve ever bestowed upon anything. So without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons that you, too, should indulge in CSI:Cyber…read more

Suffer the Little Children: Why Harry Potter Must Be Punished

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It turns out that Umbridge was doing the right thing. Not for Harry, of course – that poor kid had enough on his plate – but for the story.

Our blood boils when we think of the torments and indignities forced upon young heroes like Ender Wiggin, Sara Crewe, Matilda Wormwood, Pip and countless others…yet their stories are the ones to which we return. The most beloved child protagonists are also the ones who suffer the most, and Harry Potter is no exception. The truth is that he would never have achieved such status in the hearts and minds of readers had JK Rowling not tormented him with all the relish of a sadistic kitten. …read more

Pixar’s Toy Story of Terror: low on thrills?

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The reviews for Pixar’s Toy Story of Terror have been out for a few weeks now, and they are overwhelmingly positive. The much-anticipated 22 minute television special aired on ABC just before Halloween, and fans were happy with the result. For those reasons – and the fact that I am something of a Pixar fan – I hesitated to write this article. You see, the sad fact is that Toy Story of Terror left me feeling somewhat, well, empty. …read more

The Art of Seduction

The Art of Seduction

One of my pet hates is ‘literal’ writing. You know the kind; great descriptions, a well-structured plot, believable characters, fantastic ideas, and absolutely no compelling reason to keep turning the page. The story simply conveys information without plumbing the depths of meaning, giving it a stale, paint-by-numbers feel. …read more