Wednesday, 31 January 2018
A still from 30 Rock.
"It’s a lot easier to paint yourself as a charming, chip-guzzling sloth whose body is not your temple when there are people who would literally build temples to your body."
I recently embraced my inner killjoy and wrote an article on the politics of self-deprecation. If you're curious and not too affronted by the above excerpt about Jennifer Lawrence, you are welcome to read it in full here.
Sunday, 31 December 2017
Fashion advice that flirts with vice.
Image credit to Bossy Magazine.
I've yet to tire of satire. Perhaps because 2017 was The Year of The Thesis, writing serious work on the side often felt less appealing than having a laugh.
This love of satire seems to have snowballed, however, for I found myself at the close of the year writing tongue-in-cheek fashion advice for the chic among us. What a note on which to graduate from university...! How far we have all come, indeed.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that I am now a satirical sartorial savant, at least for five trendy minutes. Feel free to read more here, if you dare.
Happy New Year!
Thursday, 30 November 2017
What is genre?
We often describe books as belonging to different genres: this makes them easy to categorise and market. Yet this tendency limits our understanding of the stories we read. Approach a story with preconceived ideas about its genre, and one's reading experience will be transformed even if just through the influence of expectations.
While I tend to believe genres are at their most interesting when they cross into one another, I found myself writing an article delineating nine broad fiction genres for the online literary magazine Writer's Edit. How this happened remains a mystery. Granted, I threw in a few caveats about boundaries between genres being lines in shifting sands, but aside from that, the article actually examines fences instead of merely sitting on them. Who'd have guessed?
If you're curious to check out what my editors titled an 'Ultimate Guide' (bless their charitable souls) to fiction genres, you can find the article here. Have a lovely start to December.