‘You can’t write about fictional characters as if they’re real’

Recently for my Masters course I wrote a comparative essay on the characters of Othello and Oroonoko, focusing on internal and external responses to racial ‘otherness.’ Amongst other points, I tested my ‘heroes’ for a stress-induced vulnerability to mental illness, arising from the prejudice and discrimination they receive from the majority-white population surrounding them. Though … More ‘You can’t write about fictional characters as if they’re real’

FF: Siblings

I I am the oldest and I came first, none of my siblings can match up to me. I excel at everything I touch: the golden child, the precocious piece, the unyielding protégé. Humbleness is not in my nature, it is for weaker minds than I. Try, for example, number seven in our line. I … More FF: Siblings

Digimon: The Unacknowledged Paradigm (Adventure and 2.0)

From watching this show as a bright-eyed seven-year old, to more recently – and slightly shamefully – as my twenty-three-year old self, the one thing which consistently struck me was the depth of character which underpinned this largely dismissed series. I’ve written about similar themes before, as some of you may know, but, keeping nineties … More Digimon: The Unacknowledged Paradigm (Adventure and 2.0)

FF: Culture

He pounds the treadmill, until the sweat makes his skin amphibian slick and he knows that he is one of them. The elite, the enamoured, the desperate, praying in steel and iron cathedrals to a deity in the image of themselves. It’s more than a way of life, they know; it is culture. It is … More FF: Culture

FF: Shy

Don’t look at me; I’m not here. I’m blending into this wall so successfully that I’ve forgotten how to breathe. The stickled, grade school carpet bites prison bars into my knees, and steadily I become that too. Become trapped behind my own need to be obsolete. Don’t look at me; I’m not here. I can’t … More FF: Shy

To Write, To Isolate?

The human imagination is limitless, a resource which children, writers and escapists alike exploit to its fullest potential. But, with all the talk of the freedom that imagination brings, is it possible that there is another side also? Is it possible that all this ‘freedom’ is exacting a restraint on us that we’re barely even … More To Write, To Isolate?