Complex Characterization vs. Victimization (Or How to Write Complex Characters without Becoming an Apologist for Heinous Things)

The other day, I saw a quote about how inside every villain was a victim. Responses ranged from celebratory to scandalized, with the latter making the (valid, imho) point that responding to an awful act by trying to find how the perpetrator was somehow made a victim comes awfully close to becoming an apologist for […]

Animated Ragdolls for Grownups: 9 Reviewed

***SPOILERS AHEAD!*** I am not going to shy from discussing details and outcomes of the plot when they are relevant to the points I am discussing here. So if you want to go into the movie without knowing the details of how it will turn out, get thee to the theater and then come back […]

A Review of Douglas Charles Kane’s Arda Reconstructed

For Tolkien researchers (including fan-writers), the published Silmarillion has long worn a blazing red question mark in terms of authorship. It is no secret that the book was pieced together by Christopher Tolkien using multiple different drafts of JRRT’s writings, and that Guy Kay–a fantasy author–assisted CT with this endeavor. The History of Middle-earth series […]

Good, Evil, and Arda

Before I begin, I really should explain what posts categorized in “The Crackpot” are, since they’re different than the posts that I usually write. As is, I hope, fairly evident, most of my posts here are researched somewhat (some are researched extensively, like the current in-progress series on the depiction of Maglor’s character by the […]