Monthly Archives: December 2011

Books read in 2011

Most recent books at the top: Elements of Fiction: Description by Monica Wood The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Coraline by Neil Gaiman I Am Legend by Richard Matheson Pieces for the Left Hand by J. Robert Lennon Persuasion by … Continue reading

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How True Blood Creates a Story People Can’t Put Down

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series True Blood deconstruction

One of the major struggles with serial narrative is the battle between endings and scene changes, and the need for unity. With every scene change and every end of an episode there is a risk of losing your audience. I … Continue reading

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How True Blood Creates Characters People Want to Be With

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series True Blood deconstruction

In Orson Scott Card’s book Character & Viewpoint, he points out that while we like characters who are similar to us, “we also tend to be a little bored with them. It’s strangeness, not familiarity, that excites our curiosity” (79). … Continue reading

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How True Blood Creates a World People Want to Be In

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series True Blood deconstruction

Whenever I find a book that I can’t put down, it often has to do with the fact that I’ve fallen in love with the world. In creating such a seductive world, True Blood has used several elements of the … Continue reading

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Who Wrote True Blood? Differences in Books and Film

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series True Blood deconstruction

Before I go farther, I’d like to discuss a couple of points: My first point is that since True Blood is a TV show, and thus a visual and auditory medium, a whole bunch of the show is going to … Continue reading

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