Morgan Tracy

Morgan Tracy

Morgan Tracy is an education professional who enjoys watching anime, writing paranormal romance novels, playing cozy video games and petting her English Bulldog.

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    The Rise of Cozy Games

    Analyze the rise of cozy games and why they are becoming so popular. Jumpstart Magazine defines cozy games as "a type of gameplay that emphasizes relaxation, comfort and self-care." Cozy games tend to have calm music and a slower game pace. Look at why cozy games continue to grow. For example, cozy games are an escape from the fast paced nature of reality. When compared to games like Fortnite, they provide a much more calm experience. This resonates with a certain subsection of gamers. What is the demographic of this subsection? Additionally, the cozy game sphere tends to be more welcoming to marginalized folk such a people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA or disabled.

    • Great topic! Just for clarity though, maybe provide a couple of examples of cozy games? I think I know what these are but am not 100% sure, so maybe others have that question, too. – Stephanie M. 7 months ago
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    • A good idea is to compare how long people spend on cozy games vs. other games (I:e animal crossing vs. Call of Duty). As well as research how the brain reacts to these types of games. – kelval34 4 weeks ago
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    The Rise of Fast Fiction and its Effect on the Publishing Industry

    With the growing popularity of platforms like TikTok, micro-communities like BookTok are influencing the reading/publishing industry. A recent example of this is Rebecca Yarros’ ‘Fourth Wing’ which released in April 2023. The sequel to this, Iron Flame, was released in November 2023. This is an unusually short time line for traditionally published work and has lead to some quality issues. A vast amount of readers have reported issues with quality in terms of printing (i.e. whole chapters missing, headers missing, etc) but also in terms of writing (lack of editing or depth in plot).

    Is the publishing industry changing? Is it attempting to mimic the quick release model of indie authors in order to exploit the market and make more money?

    • Effect, not affect. – T. Palomino 7 months ago
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    • Cool topic! I've noticed this in genres I read a lot as well. Since you bring up quality issues, perhaps the article could go into ways of solving these issues without "fast fiction" becoming as difficult to break into as traditional book publishing? As in, maybe the standards need to be tightened or watched more closely, but that looks different than how you'd monitor or tighten standards for a traditional novel. – Stephanie M. 7 months ago
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    • I saw a tik Tok referencing this same idea and the effect that it is having on the publishing industry as well. Books are being produced more quickly than ever and overflowing the market. This practice is also more prevalent in certain genres. The concern is that instead of making new, meaningful contributions to literature (not that every book has to be serious or educational), popular tropes are being replicated for the wrong reasons. Instead of recognizing that the first author wrote the trope well, these ideas are being reproduced multiple times at a lesser quality. – AmyKryvenchuk 6 months ago
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    • Although I'm not a reader of internet literature myself, I've noticed that internet authors who self-publish novels by instalments have attracted large readerships. The chapters appear online periodically and have many followers. This reflects the changing landscape of reading and writing practices under the influence of technology. However, one can also say this is nothing new. Weren't many of the great novels in the 19th and 20th centuries originally published in newspapers by instalments also, chapter by chapter? In this sense, this could be seen as a revival of an old fashion. It would be interesting to do a comparative study. – Lydia Gore-Jones 3 months ago
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    Morgan Tracy

    I do agree there is a sense of ‘love’ between the two characters. The problem is ‘love’ can be defined in many ways. There is such a thing as platonic love between two people who are just friends. There is romantic love. There is familial love. And I believe Chihiro and Haku fall somewhere between either platonic or familial.

    Spirited Away as Social Criticism
    Morgan Tracy

    I think the wrong question is being asked in this article. Whether or not the love story is actually possible misses the point of the movie. Makoto Shinkai created ‘Your Name’ as a way to create something meaningful and healing in the face of disaster (2011 Tohoku earthquake).

    Your Name: Finding Love Across Possible Worlds?
    Morgan Tracy

    You hit the nail on the head at the very beginning. Food is so important for several reasons. First, it is the way we share our lives with others. By sharing good food with a friend, we share a piece of ourselves. Second, eating is shared human experience. Everyone understands the pleasure felt when experiencing an incredible meal, especially in good company.

    Anime And Food — A Culinary Adventure Like No Other