In Defence of Fanfiction

Recently, a friend of mine uploaded a video talking about some of the common misconceptions around fanfiction, and mounting a comprehensive rebuttal of those. It made me think about my own history with fanfiction, and I wanted to contribute my own defence of a practice which I think is unfairly maligned. My experience of fanfiction …

Tiers of Characters

It can be tough, managing a large cast of characters, working out how to give them all the right amount of page time, deciding who needs developing and who doesn’t. One way to look at this is to know how you’re categorising your different characters. There are a bunch of ways to do this, of …

Book Review: Can Everyone Please Calm Down?

Mae Martin—stand-up comedian, Bette Midler enthusiast and chronic over-sharer—sets out on a tour of sexuality, discussing a wide range of topics and definitions. In between personal anecdotes, quotes from friends and the opinions of experts, Martin covers basically every label in current circulation and also circles back, frequently, to the question of why and whether …

Book Review: The Binding

Binding is a mysterious art, considered dangerous witchcraft by many, including Emmet’s family. But when a letter arrives summoning Emmet to begin an apprenticeship with a Bookbinder, to learn the craft, he isn’t given a choice in the matter. He will go, willing or otherwise, to learn how to craft books and bind within them …