Metafiction

You know when Deadpool breaks the fourth wall? Metafiction is kinda like that. It’s fucking awesome. The idea is that we can aim for originality, but we’re sure never to truly hit it- of the hundreds of thousands of books published every year, most are recycled plots with new-ish characters. Works of Metafiction are very…

Style

As a writer, the best and worst thing about you is your style. It’s like a tattoo of your fingerprint, on your face. You can’t hide it, choose it, or change it. Yet, it also eludes most people. In a world where everyone else is more successful than you, why would you want to write…

Hyperrealism- ART’S ANSWER TO PHOTOSHOP

People frickin’ hate Abstract art. Artists hate abstract art. People who make abstract art mock abstract art. Hyperrealism is the manifestation of this distaste. Where the Abstract artists couldn’t ever fully paint their non-corporeal ideas, the Hyperrealists went the exact opposite route, wanting their art to be as realistic as humanly possible. Their paintings are…

A2 PHILOSOPHY: THE ‘JUST WAR’ THEORY

THE JUSTIFICATION OF PUNISHMENT  Punishment requires justification because it requires the calculated infliction of pain on an individual. Normally when people are kidnapped or killed this is wrong and illegal, but the state does this to people through the punishment it inflicts. The simplest way to explain why this is necessary is simply the fact…

The Life of Charlotte

On the 21st o April, 1816, a miracle was born. Miracles seldom have adequate names, so the gods decided to call this one, ‘Charlotte Brontë’. It was a fitting name, for that was also her birth name. Her father was an Irish Anglican Clergyman, and so her family was reasonably well-off; they’d have had to…

The Victorian Gothic

So, in honour of Charlotte Bronte’s unbirthday (shut up, they’re totally a thing and it’s not just an excuse to better understand Jane Eyre), we’re having a look at the conventions of the Victorian Gothic this week. But before we can look specifically at the Victorian Gothic genre, let’s get some things straight about the…