A Monologue On Monologuing

PLOT TWIST: this week we’re focusing not on a specific work of art, but on a trop often found in them. Given that the villainous monologue has been mentioned in everything from Pixar movies to Geico commercials, I don’t think I need to explain it. What I do need to do, however, is defend it from all those who argue that it’s always a plot hole.

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Harry Potter And The Problematic Portkey

This week, we’re back at it again with the books (although this one is a book that’s been made into a movie)! As you can probably guess from the title, we’re going to be discussing the Harry Potter series, specifically the fourth installment, Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire.

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The Last Skywalker: Leia Using The Force Is Awesome

Once again, I’m going to wade into internet controversy secure in the knowledge that I have about three regular readers of this blog, and talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It’s a film that has sharply (although not evenly) divided the internet.

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Rolling On The River: A Plot Hole That Creates Plot

Older novels (and ones that haven’t turned into blockbusters) don’t get the “plot hole” treatment as often as films, but over the years people have pointed fingers at certain ones, in particular an interesting scene involving some silly decision-making in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But is it really a mistake?

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Laughing And Smiling In Black Mirror

Science Fiction can be pretty accurately described as “in vogue” right now. Not only is Star Wars once again dominating both the box office and popular culture, but elements of sci-fi are showing up in places as diverse as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hit TV shows, and, of course, novels uncountable.

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Childish Humor In Greek Mythology

I've loved Greek myths pretty much from the moment I've been able to read them. I'm serious about this; while most kids in elementary school might have been reading any number of young readers books before bed (The Magic Tree House series was another favorite of mine), I was plowing through my copy of D'auleire's Book of Greek Myths over and over until the cover straight up fell off of it.

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