9 Fiction Pet Peeves

Column by Annie Neugebauer
Everyone loves a good rant. How about some ranting about those tropes and recurring annoyances that pop up in books, shows, and movies? My top 9 pet peeves.

Sci-fi & Fantasy: Out With the Old, In With the New

Column by Rajan Khanna January 10, 2014
We look at some of the tired, old tropes of Science Fiction & Fantasy and what fresh, new takes could replace them.

Dystropia: No More Mr. Vice Guy!

Column by Troy Farah January 9, 2014
In this month's Dystropia, we look at Mr. Vice Guy, a character with obvious flaws, addictions and weaknesses. Mr. Vice guy is more dimensional, sure, but as you'll learn, it's not always that easy.

Dystropia: The Christmas Edition!

Column by Troy Farah
It's chilly, so in this month's Dystropia we'll explore some lesser-trodden Xmas cliches.

Dystropia: How The Damsel in Distress Has Evolved

Column by Troy Farah October 31, 2013
From ancient Greek myths to Snow White to today, Dystropia looks at the trope of the Damsel in Distress.

Dystropia: Why The Sassy Gay Friend Isn't Progressive

Column by Troy Farah September 16, 2013
The Sassy Gay Friend, aka the Pet Homosexual, attempts to be liberal, but it falls incredibly short. Let's look see why.

Dystropia: All Hail The Magnificent Bastard

Column by Troy Farah August 13, 2013
In this episode of Dystropia, we look at the Magnificent Bastard, who is cunning, charming and crafty. What makes him tick and why are we all of a sudden so attracted to him?

Dystropia: Examining the Trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Column by Troy Farah July 19, 2013
A column in which we explore the various misgivings and strengths of girls that are Manic, Pixie and Dreamy.

10 Stories We Never Need to See in Workshops Again

Column by Jon Gingerich December 20, 2012
A list of the some of the most predictable, clichéd storylines that somehow continue to appear in fiction workshops again, and again, and again.

Top 10 Character Cliches That Drive Me Nuts

Column by Meredith Borders July 20, 2012
See also: the Mary Sue, the brooding rebel, the hooker with a heart of gold, etc.