Literary Hoaxes: when fun turns into irritation.

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Urban Vyaas

This post got triggered by the author of one of the websites I’m following who purposely broke up an ordinary text in pieces and presented it as a poem while illustrating this with a couple of pictures of some stupid gadgets in beautiful frames that were labeled as art. It was intended as a hoax, so no bad blood there.
Let’s start by admitting that all fiction has a little bit of a hoax into it; all of it a ruse, a trick, a mirage, a lie, a swindle, a fabrication, a forgery. It’s an art who lies in the hope of revealing some truths. So what sets the literary hoax separate from the rest of fiction?
The oldest hoaxes are those who falsely attribute a certain text to an imaginative or real deceased author. What grates me is that some of them are pulled off by scholars, thus polluting…

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Comedy: Joker vs. Woke

Although Todd Phillips clearly believes that his brand of comedy wouldn’t fly in this day and age, it’s not like JOKER has been free from controversy either. The upcoming film prompted a response from the family members of those killed during the Aurora, Colorado shooting in 2012 during a screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, as they fear that JOKER might influence some dangerous individuals. Both director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix have addressed the controversy with speaking with IGN, with Phoenix saying, “I think that, for most of us, you’re able to tell the difference between right and wrong. And those that aren’t are capable of interpreting anything in the way that they may want to. People misinterpret lyrics from songs. They misinterpret passages from books. So I don’t think it’s the responsibility of a filmmaker to teach the audience morality or the difference between right or wrong. I mean, to me, I think that that’s obvious… I think if you have somebody that has that level of emotional disturbance, they can find fuel anywhere. I just don’t think that you can function that way.” Phillips added, “To me, art can be complicated and oftentimes art is meant to be complicated. If you want uncomplicated art, you might want to take up calligraphy, but filmmaking will always be a complicated art.

https://geekandgear.com/joker-director-todd-phillips-blames-woke-culture-for-ruining-comedy

Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat

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C. M. Rosens

Horace Walpole is credited/blamed for kicking off the ‘Gothic’ literature genre in 1765 with his novel The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Tale, which was intended as a subtle joke. Walpole meant ‘Gothic’ in the sense of ‘barbarous’ or ‘derived from the Middle Ages’, but his supernatural tale of perverse obsession and melodramatic tragedy sparked something of a movement to which his epithet was permanently applied.

From the 1790s, novelists like Ann Radcliffe (surely the Grandmother of the Gothic Novel) rediscovered Walpole’s fevered imaginings and ran with them, even though her novels always had natural, Scooby-Doo-esque conclusions finally unravelled by her meddling-kid protagonists. They were beautifully trashy novels, (stereo)typically read by impressionable and repressed young ladies by candlelight (probably with their nightgowns delicately draped over heaving bosoms, which is how I like to imagine it). It took other, braver (or less inhibited) authors like Matthew Lewis and his…

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What Genre is Your Book?

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Brain Clutter Blogs

Hey, everybody! How you categorize and promote your book is crucial to making it successful, so today we’re going to talk about selecting that all-important genre for your book! Let’s jump right in!

Look At Similar Titles 

What are some titles with a similar story/feel to your book? While I’m sure your story is fantastic and unique, finding books with similar plots, themes, etc. can help you choose the genre for your book.

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Next, figure out what genres those books have been placed under. For example, if your book has a similar plot/feel to Lord of the Rings, and Lord of the Rings is a fantasy book, your book is likely fantasy, too!

Themes & Topics

Your themes and topics are an important factor to help narrow down what genre your book falls under. Certain themes and topics are prominent in certain genres.

For example, if your book Fighty, Stabby 

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Writing Sex

Character, Characterisation, Creative Writing, Description, Editing, Exposition, Genre, Narrative Structure, Photography, Sex, Writing, Writing Advice

Jesse's Studio

This week we’re looking at writing sex in fiction, whether romance or any other genre.

  • Tuesday – What’s With Sexy? Why are we including sex?
  • Wednesday – Getting Sexy, Looking at the importance of emotion when writing sex.
  • Thursday – Metaphorically Sexy, The difference between using metaphors in a sex scene and writing metaphorical sex.
  • Friday – Realistically Sexy, A list of important points to consider when writing sex and a few quick fixes.
  • Saturday – A new episode of Rum Cove

Graphic showing the ebook and paperback of Victorian Mistress

Victorian Mistress, the edited version featuring bonus story First Meetings, is now 0.99 on Kindle in the UK, US, Europe, Canada, and Australia.


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Genre in Depth: Romance

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Fictionally Sam

Genre in Depth is a new series on Fictionally Sam where we delve into different genre and see how they began, their characteristics, and books within that genre, etc. New genre every first and last Wednesday of the month!

Welcome to February folks, the month of love and chocolates–or if you are super single like me, the month of single awareness. These next 28 days (especially the first 14) are a time here in the States; people from everywhere show their appreciation for those they love through grand gestures, sugary sweets, popping the big question, and taking out the trash without being asked. As for me, this month is a time where I binge read a crap ton of sappy love stories that will remind me that I’m single and my period is about to start. Like I said, a time.

But speaking of love stories–in this installment of Genre…

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the horrors that linger

Black Horror, Film, genre, Horror, movie, response

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It’s interesting how horror works as a genre when combined with Black characters. Of course Black characters matter in terms of representing the population on a surface level, but presenting Black characters in horror stories, amidst our already horrific past, elicits a much deeper sense of dread when played out on screens. Horror by itself is already rooted in reality somewhat—everyone has seen a creepy doll like Annabelle or been spooked by the cemeteries that appear in several horror stories. I think what separates, and perhaps elevates, Black horror from general, superficially scary stories is the deep knowledge that the things typically depicted in Black horror were once (and still are) very, very real.

Related imageEve’s Bayou (1997) dir. Kasi Lemmons

What made me think about this, in particular, was Terence Taylor’s “Wet Pain”, which may not even be ‘typical’ horror with evil spirits and possession, depending on one’s interpretation of…

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