Patriarchy and Scully’s motherhood arc on The X-Files

The alien mythology of The X-Files is well-known for its convoluted plot threads, the result of the writers having only the vaguest of ideas about it themselves. While this openendedness allowed for the story to develop in ways it wouldn’t have otherwise, for instance in creating the popular Cigarette-Smoking Man, eventually the mythology began to … Continue reading Patriarchy and Scully’s motherhood arc on The X-Files

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Romance and UST

One of my least-favourite tropes is UST, or Unresolved Sexual Tension, which is pretty much what it says on the tin. Two characters have romantic feelings for each other but either don’t admit them to themselves or don’t act on them for various reasons. For years. It’s most egregious in non-serial or semi-serial TV drama, … Continue reading Romance and UST

Teenagers reading about rebellion? It’s not as bad as you may think.

Perhaps the most defining feature of YA dystopias, and other young adult stories set in cruel and unjust societies, is revolution. Unlike non-YA dystopias like The Handmaid's Tale, these are not mere personal stories of grief and suffering, but stories about changing the world. It's easy to see why these books have such appeal to teenagers. … Continue reading Teenagers reading about rebellion? It’s not as bad as you may think.