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The X-Men Franchise: Origins

We have six major superhero films out this year. Believe it or not there was a time when this was not the case. The current glut of superhero films is of an era, and this era began with one film, a film that spawned sequels, prequels and spin-offs running to ...

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LIMBO: An elegy for the mixtape

The premise for this comic miniseries reminds me of some kinds of modern art: throw a bunch of paint at a canvas and see what sticks. In the case of Limbo, the brainchild of Caspar Wijngaard and Dan Watters, has a vast collection of ideas that probably shouldn’t have stuck, ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Interview with Ben Peek

This week on Breaking the Glass Slipper, I interview Aussie fantasy writer Ben Peek. If you aren’t familiar with Ben’s writing, show your support for an emerging talent by buying his books! His most recent publication is Leviathan’s Blood, the second in the Children Trilogy. The first in the series, The Godless, ...

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LIMBO: An elegy for the mixtape

The premise for this comic miniseries reminds me of some kinds of modern art: throw a bunch of paint at a canvas and see what sticks. In the case of Limbo, the brainchild of Caspar Wijngaard and Dan Watters, has a vast collection of ideas that probably shouldn’t have stuck, ...

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Electra Woman and Dyna Girl: Female superheroes are just superheroes

Superhero spoofs have been done before, from the broody to the ridiculous, tackling issues inherent in the tropes of the genre to those that shy away from controversy entirely. Being unaware of Grace Helbig or Hannah Hart and their YouTube fame, as well as the 1970’s TV show on which the ...

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When Marnie Was There: I’m one of the outsiders

It is here: the final film from Studio Ghibli prior to their hiatus in the wake studio founder Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement. Now on limited release in the UK, it has been a full year since the film reached the USA and 2 years since it premiered in Japan. When Marnie ...

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White Sand by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson has been vocal about his prolific writing, often discussing the many novels he wrote before being published. The one story that he couldn’t seem to get out of his system formed his very first (still unpublished) novel. After finding great success, he went back to White Sand and tried ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Interview with Ben Peek

This week on Breaking the Glass Slipper, I interview Aussie fantasy writer Ben Peek. If you aren’t familiar with Ben’s writing, show your support for an emerging talent by buying his books! His most recent publication is Leviathan’s Blood, the second in the Children Trilogy. The first in the series, The Godless, ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Samantha Shannon on the imagination of the child

Today’s episode is an interruption to our previously scheduled episode, an interview with Ben Peek. Fear not, we will post the interview next time. In the meantime, a controversy amongst the SFF community was recently sparked by a British educator when he posted a blog about the dangers of exposing ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Ran by Akira Kurosawa

An aged lord reflects on the legacy of his kingdom. He resolves to divide his realm between his three children expecting them to act harmoniously. Despite the protestations of his youngest that this is grossly unwise, the lord proceeds to sunder his realm. The storm of madness, vengeance, and bloodshed ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Writing gender

When you set out to write a novel or short story, do you find yourself naturally writing a male protagonist? What about peripheral characters, do you unconsciously refer to them as he? Gender is an inescapable part of character development. An author must choose what gender to make their characters ...

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