Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Old Vampires vs New Vampires
A lot of people are vampire’d out these days. That’s because they have been so popular that we haven’t been able to escape these stories. Vampire stories aren’t new though, we have ton that existed prior to the 2000’s. Why weren’t we sick of them before? I’d like to see a compare contrast of older vampire stories compared to new ones. Were they better before? Or just less popular? Are the target audiences different? Were the stories more meaningful or easier to relate to? Scarier? What makes people so sick of vampire stories now, but not sick of them before even though tons of stories still existed?
Ideas for older examples:
You can draw the line between new and old whenever you want and obviously there are a lot more examples.
Art As Medicine
Can art be used as a means of therapy or treatment? We already have research suggesting that certain colors evoke certain emotions and feelings. We also have research suggestion that certain images and music may do the same thing. Is it possible that patients with minor behavioral issues could be helped by meditating over an image when they become sad or even angry? Or perhaps that sad music could be listened to to evoke low emotions and allow grieving, and then quickly followed by happier music to bring a person back to a positive state of mind?
Why we can't get enough revenge.
People have been reading and writing stories of revenge for about as long as stories have existed. From tales of vengeful gods/goddesses, to The Count Of Monte Cristo, to Kill Bill, it seems like people through the ages really love their stories of revenge. The theme isn’t just found in writing, we see it pop up anywhere there is a story line: video games, comics, even songs. Are these forms of entertainment a way for us to vicariously feel like we’ve gotten back at our own enemies? Or do we simply delight in the dark side of these stories?
Can Crowdfunding Help Anime in the US?
Kickstarter is a company/website that helps people get funding for projects in various areas like arts, technology, crafts, etc. Several Kickstarter projects have been started by fans to pay for creations of extra seasons of their favorite shows. There are a few problems that anime lovers in the states run into:
1. My favorite manga never got turned into an anime even though it should have.
Make this article your own, my intention is to use it to spread awareness so that maybe we can get more content in the US.
People and Possession
If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, it was meant to be.
The increasing amount of writers and how it affects the quality of literature.
With the increasing abundance of resources to help writers create, publish, and advertise their works, comes an increase in new less experienced authors. It seems that everyone who wants to be an author can! This gives people, who otherwise would never have written a book, the opportunity to share their stories, but how does this affect the quality of literature? How do we decide what is worth reading?
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