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A Fantasy of Responsibility: The Goblin Emperor

The Goblin Emperor begins where a number of fantasy and quest sagas end.  After many years suffering the abuse of his disgraced cousin, eighteen-year old Maia is crowned Emperor of Elfland.  He's brought to the royal court, given valets, outfitted in ...

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Jem the Dog and Scout the Human: An Analysis of Similarities Regarding Growing Up, Change, and Childhood in Maycomb and Ooo

Editor’s Note: This piece took second place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! You remember being a kid, right? When the answer to “You want some magic powers? Magic ...

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Analysis of an Archetype: Questioning the Perfection of Nancy Drew

Editor’s Note: This piece was an honorable mention for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Brought to life in numerous book series, films, and television shows, Nancy Drew has left ...

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Thick As Thieves: The Gender Politics of Romantic Narrative in Republic of Thieves

The “mystery girl” is a recognizable archetype in fiction: a woman who flits in  and out of the male protagonist’s life, her feelings toward him kept partly  hidden, providing a will-they-won’t-they romantic dynamic. All of this can  play into some ...

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In A Land Of Heroes, What Room For Heroines?: A Brief Overview Of Women In Tolkien’s Legendarium

It’s no secret that Tolkien’s mythos has a dearth of women. Indeed, this feature became genre-defining for fantasy literature for over half a century since the publication of Tolkien’s works. In his two most popular works, The Hobbit and the ...

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The Sleep of Reason: Horror and False Power Systems

In putting together a recent graphic novel anthology of horror stories called The Sleep of Reason: An Anthology of Horror, C. Spike Trotman banned would-be writers and artists from submitting work about vampires, zombies, and traditional monsters. Her reasons, according to ...

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“You’re Trapped in the Class System, Jeeves!”

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) wrote some of the most consistently hilarious short stories and novels of the early 20th century. His most well known creation is Jeeves, the omniscient valet and sometimes-butler. A while back, the character was well known online ...

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Moving Toward the Past: What Yoknawpatawpha County and the Nasuverse Have in Common

“If science is moving toward the future, magic is moving toward the past,” explains Rin Tohsaka in the prologue of Fate/Stay Night. A popular visual novel written by Kinoko Nasu, Fate/Stay Night tells the story of a battle royale of ...

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Jewish Influence in Tolkien’s Dwarf Culture

Hobbits, Dwarves, and Elves, oh my! The release of the Hobbit trilogy has again sparked fascination with the works of Tolkien and his world of Middle Earth. Despite the title of the films and the book it was based on, ...

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[SPOILERS] Game of Thrones’ Love Interest Problem: Robb and Talisa, Tyrion and Shae

SPOILER WARNING: Before continuing in the article, it seems polite to note that I am going to be making reference to events up through the end of A Storm of Swords, including material that has, as of the writing of ...