Don’t Show, Don’t Tell – Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander
 

Don’t Show, Don’t Tell

Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander

 
Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review
 

Big Fish & Begonia

Movie Review

 
Monthly Short Story Winner: Regret and Redemption
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“Keeper of the Clockwork Queen”

 

Browsing all articles tagged with villains.

Monthly Short Story Winner: Gangsters and Crime Lords

Monthly Short Story Winner: Gangsters and Crime Lords 

Al Capone. The Godfather. Kingpin. There are many infamous crime lords in history and pop culture. Your job this month is to bring them into a fantasy setting. They don’t need to be the main character but a crime lord and their underground organization have to play a significant role. Rules: 1. This can be […]

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A Monster’s Place

A Monster’s Place 

The terrifying monster has been a staple of the fantasy genre since its earliest origins, when bards told tales around a fire at the dawn of time. They frightened listeners with descriptions of horrifying creatures, they talked of scaled hides, the fearsome length of its claws, of hungry eyes peering out of the darkness. This […]

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When Good Turns Bad: The Reversed Hero’s Journey

When Good Turns Bad: The Reversed Hero’s Journey 

The typical “hero’s journey” is a structure that can be found not only in fantasy fiction but also in many other genres. You can analyse the twists and turns of this journey in great detail – even break it down into archetypal elements like ‘the mentor’, ‘the helper’ and ‘the threshold’. In essence, however, the […]

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The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil?

The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil? 

Almost 80 years after Gollum appeared in The Hobbit, and 60 years after Frodo first suggests that it may have been better if Bilbo had killed Gollum when he first had the chance, the question is once again rising in a Turkish court – is Gollum good or evil? If you aren’t familiar with the […]

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On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters

On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters 

The skies have darkened and night has come to the world. Thieves and assassins skulk in every shadow, waiting for their chance to strike. Ruthless politicians claw their way up the ladder, smiling politely before they stab you. Dark sorcerers seek out ancient artefacts and perform forbidden rituals in pursuit of more power. And across […]

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The Villain with a Thousand Faces (Part Two): The One-Line Backstory

The Villain with a Thousand Faces (Part Two): The One-Line Backstory 

About the author: Her Holiness the Dragon Queen Zafir, Speaker of the Nine Realms, has played both pro- and antagonist roles in her career as a fictional character. She is either the aloof fist of authority to be respected and feared, a liberator of the oppressed and enslaved, or a dragon-riding genocidal psychotic tyrant bitch-queen […]

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The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs

The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs 

About The Author: Her Holiness the Dragon Queen Zafir, Speaker of the Nine Realms, has played both pro- and antagonist roles in her career as a fictional character. She is either the aloof fist of authority to be respected and feared, a liberator of the oppressed and enslaved, or a dragon-riding genocidal psychotic tyrant bitch-queen […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Luck

Monthly Short Story Winner: Luck 

Hello everyone! I’m a little late with my article this month. I blame April. It didn’t give me adequate notice it was ending until May had already begun. Anyway, lots of things to talk about this month. Firstly a reminder, only two months left to enter the Fantasy-Faction Anthology Writing Contest! We’ve gotten a ton […]

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Seven Tips on Creating a Fantastic Fantasy Villain

Seven Tips on Creating a Fantastic Fantasy Villain 

After reading Amy Rose’s terrific article on Antihero-vs-Villain we can look deeper into what Fantasy authors might like to consider when crafting our bad guys. Tip I: The archetypical villain, dastardly and devious, comes from the pantomime stage. When writing Fantasy we need to look for an antagonist who will keep our readers hooked. The […]

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Trope a Dope: The Origins of Evil

Trope a Dope: The Origins of Evil 

Literature, film, and music are filled to the brim with recurring themes and concepts- in short, ‘tropes’. While some people might see these tropes as testaments to lazy writing, they do represent an important part of the language of any genre. When used well, they serve as recognizable symbols for readers and viewers, a sort […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Evil Bad-Guys

Monthly Short Story Winner: Evil Bad-Guys 

Welcome back writers and readers! I hope all of you had a lovely October and a wonderful Halloween! Some of you may not know this, but November is a very special month for writing. You see November is National Novel Writing Month. And while the stories in our contest are far too short to qualify […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Freedom

Monthly Short Story Winner: Freedom 

Summer is finally coming to a close. And with autumn beginning, so begins another round of Writing Challenges. We have some familiar faces in our entries this month and also a new wave of first time challengers. Let’s start with our winner from July. Our July theme was Freedom Freedom means a lot of things […]

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