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Hi all, I thought I'd do a quick update on what's happening over on my blog.

I've finally completed another post on Exploring Tropes – this one is Gondor Calls For Aid, examining the variety of ways in which a character can reach out for help, and how they can do so most effectively. I was planning on completing one of these posts per month, but they're a lot of work. So apologies that this is two months late!

I've also reviewed season eight of Doctor Who and season five of Downton Abbey (Christmas Specials forthcoming), and am chugging through The Legend of Korra (happily) and Sleepy Hollow (not so happily).

Then there's my mini-post on Why Is Frozen So Popular? (it gets a lot of hits but barely any comments, so I've no idea whether people are agreeing with me or not) and my review of Maleficent (which I wanted to like so badly, but a couple of creative decisions really stuck in my craw).

And I've done a full review on Broadchurch at last, and am hoping to get another on Penny Dreadful completed in the near future.

Hope all is well in the realm of LJ.


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Hi LiveJournal friends! I thought I’d give a quick update as to what’s happening on my new, improved blog.

So far I’ve done three instalments of my promised Exploring Tropes project, in which I list and talk about the six most illuminative examples of any given trope. So far I’ve got:

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Love at First Sight

You Shall Not Pass

I’m hoping to average at least one per month, and I’m definitely open for suggestions as to which trope I should tackle next!

I’ve also watched and reviewed the entirely of Arrow’s first season, The Legend of Korra’s third season, and have just gotten started on reviews of Outlander.

Oh, and I’ve also be re-reading and commenting on The Chronicles of Narnia (only one more to go!)

And since Doctor Who has just stared up again, I’m sure I’ll have something to say on that soon enough.



Salem: "We All Fall Down"
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Well, let’s be honest here – Salem is not a good show (it’s too messy, too exploitative, too weird for that), but it’s just managed to pull off an immensely satisfying finale. Unlike other shows, which refuse to significantly shift the status-quo for seasons on end, Salem has just followed through on its promises and changed things for good, not just in regards to its characters, but apparently nothing less than history itself (though we shouldn’t really be surprised at that).

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Salem: "Ashes, Ashes"
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Well, we’re at the penultimate episode of the first season, and I find that (for a change) I only have a few things to share.

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Salem: "Cat and Mouse"
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This show confuses me on so many levels. The plot unfolds in fits and starts, with plot-lines introduced and dropped at random, only to be picked up again when I least expect it. The effect its characters have on me are equally confusing, with some of them appealing and interesting one week, only to be bland and irritating the next. Its world-building continues to be arbitrary, with no clear understanding of its own rules surrounding the witches and their religion (seriously, are they devil worshippers or pagans? Are their powers hereditary or gifted? Are they truly evil or do they have an “ends justify the means” mentality?)

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Salem: "Children Be Afraid" and "The House of Pain"
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Dear followers...
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I know it's been quiet around here lately, but that's because I'm in the process of shifting to a different blogging site. LiveJournal is becoming increasingly difficult to use (it took me twenty minutes to get my last review under a cut, and even then it still didn't do what I wanted it to) and I was feeling ready for a change.

I've already moved a few of my reviews over there, but there are at least two original articles as well, the latest one for the first episode of Arrow that I watched last night. I'll be reviewing it regularly, so if you're a fan, please check it out!

I'm also planning to kick-start a project that I've been meaning to do for a while (and by a while, I mean years). As you probably know, I'm a big fan of TV Tropes and I love exploring the variety of ways in which these building blocks are used in order to shape stories and characters. There's a really fun page on the site called the Most Triumphant Example in which tropers post what they believe is the singularly most perfect example of any given trope.

I'm going to be doing a variation of that, in which I'll list five or so examples of the site's most popular tropes and explain why I think they work so well within the context of the stories they help shape. Hopefully this won't just be for fun, but also help people (and myself) when it comes to using these tropes in our own work. I'm aiming to have the first one up this weekend - one of my favourite tropes: You Shall Not Pass.


Just to be clear, I'll keep posting my Salem episodes here until the end of this season, and nothing will be deleted. But I'm going to start spending more of my time over on my blog (called They're All Fictional, just like my Tumblr) and gradually use this LiveJournal only for updates on my ever-stagnating Robin Hood fan-fiction. Yes, I will finish it one day.

I always feel a bit of a twat when I make announcements like this, because you're never really sure whether anyone's paying attention or whether you're just talking to empty space, but whether you're a poster or a lurker, hopefully I'll see you HERE.

Salem: "Departures"
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Salem: "The Red Rose and the Briar" and "Our Own Private America"
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Thoughts on Belle
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