Supernatural Has Broken The 4th Wall So Often, Its Hands Are Bleeding

This was sort of a fascinating episode of Supernatural, a show that is now older than God but still manages to spark with life from time to time. The show promised us another "metafictional" episode, along the lines of the Trickster and Carver Edlund romps or "The French Mistake," but delivered something very… » 4/16/14 5:06pm 4/16/14 5:06pm

In Prison For Criminally Bad Writers, Cons Try To Rewrite Their Script

When a gang of feloniously poor writers get a hold of the script to their lives, they hatch a plan to rewrite it and bust out. But can they navigate all of the various plot twists thrown their way? » 4/09/14 8:00pm 4/09/14 8:00pm

Only the awesome power of the Voice Over can save a stranded astronaut…

Voice Over opens with an astronaut who has crash-landed on a distant planet and needs to reach his capsule before he runs out of air. The only thing that can possibly save him? The mighty voice over, which narrates the astronaut's story as well as those of two other potentially doomed souls. But how can the voice… » 1/26/13 10:00am 1/26/13 10:00am

An Abnormally Weird Spin on the "Author Meets His Own Characters" Story

The story of an author meeting his own fictional characters is a common one — and usually it becomes some kind of metafictional meditation on the nature of authorship and what it means to be a fictional character. But what if that fictional character comes from a weird post-apocalyptic world, and it was kind of a… » 2/08/12 2:35pm 2/08/12 2:35pm

Page 11, fall in a pit and die: critical assessments of Choose Your Own…

Edward Packard's Choose Your Own Adventure book series was a heady mix of genre conventions, RPG identity-swapping, and dying for no apparent reason. These novels weren't high art, but their innovative structure has prompted analysis decades later. » 9/26/10 11:30am 9/26/10 11:30am

Is "avoiding tropes" the same thing as telling fresh stories?

Often, it seems the highest praise you can give a story is to say it avoids a common trope. And thanks to the Internet, everyone, including creators, is hyper-aware of this. But do we cherish trope-avoidance, instead of fresh storytelling? » 7/16/10 11:55am 7/16/10 11:55am

Thrill-Crazed Space Bugs Swarm Through World's Longest Novel

Got some spare time? The world's longest novel is available as a free download! Coppell, TX writer Mark Leach has just published an expanded 12.6 million word edition of his apocalyptic novel Marienbad, My Love. It's nearly ten times longer than the official record-holding longest novel, Proust's In Search Of Lost Time » 7/08/08 12:40pm 7/08/08 12:40pm