Category Archives: Mythology

“Issues” in a Fantasy Setting

Sometimes, talking about “issues” in the context of speculative fiction can be a way to make them non-issues. For instance, one could create a society in which being gay is completely accepted. Doing this allows you to, in a way, … Continue reading

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Black and White and Grey: Morality as a Theme

There’s no doubt that a lot of people love the Harry Potter series, but there are also many who discount it for various reasons — that it’s too simplistic, that the writing isn’t great, etc. Even sometimes people who love … Continue reading

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Right and Wrongs of Worldbuilding

[Warning: This post is slightly more linguistically graphic than most of mine, as it is inspired by the mad ramblings of perpetually-NSFW-Emmy-nominated-hellsquirrel-breeder-and-penmonkey Chuck Wendig (go read his blog, I command thee).] Over at his blog, Chuck Wendig sounded off yesterday … Continue reading

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25 Things About Me

Awhile ago, a trend went around Facebook wherein people would 25 things — any 25 things — about themselves. It was a pretty popular trend, and it ended up being really interesting in that it shed some light on a … Continue reading

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The Power of Story

An Exhaustive Essay Exploring a Theory of Myth as Story, and How Stories Affect Us Novelist Graham Swift wrote that, “only animals live in the Here and Now. Only nature knows neither memory nor history. But man — let me … Continue reading

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Christmas Mythology

When one thinks about it, it may seem a bit strange that a holiday festival so obviously religious in origin that the title of the religion’s founder is in the name of the holiday is observed by so many people … Continue reading

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Homosexuality defined by Myth: a brief essay

The homosexuality of the ancient Greeks is a topic not often explored, due in large part to a cultural bias in the West that has only begun to dissolve in the last couple of decades. However, homosexuality was an important … Continue reading

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Pullman's Narrow View

As part of my ongoing interest in genre and writing and literary merit, I came across a discussion of Philip Pullman‘s views on fantasy. (Actually, I came across them as part of research on myth and story that I’m doing … Continue reading

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All Hallows' Even

Who doesn’t like Hallowe’en? When people ask me what my favourite holiday is, I usually say Christmas. Other options that go through my head are Thanksgiving, Easter–you know, the big ones. For some reason, I never think about Hallowe’en. But … Continue reading

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Sith of the Wood

Last week I wrote a midterm for a class on Theories of Myth. One of the essay questions asked to apply one of the theories we’d examined to a modern movie or book and see how accurately it fit. Now, … Continue reading

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