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Questions 298: Emotions in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“How do you write emotions  in your fiction that are different from what you experience?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Article: “Empathy Depends on a Cool Head As Much As A Warm Heart”
Dick Tracy, the 1990 film
I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman

Questions 297: Man vs. World

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B. asks:
“How do you maintain drama without an individual antagonist?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Candide by Voltaire
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
1984 by George Orwell
Brazil, a film by Terry Gilliam
Franz Kafka
The Odyssey by Homer
War Games, the 1982 film
2001: A Space Odyssey




Questions 295: Brainwashing

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B. asks: “How long is brainwashing effective, and how can it be maintained?”

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
as well as the 1962 and 2004 film adaptations
The Wrong Way Home: Uncovering the Patterns of Cult Behavior in American Society   Arthur J. Deikman, M.D.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
and the film adaptation
Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Gap Cycle

Questions 293: Mental Health in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“Does accurate portrayal of mental illness makes an interesting story?”

The Life of David Gale
House, MD

Stephen King’s Misery (the film)
Misery by Stephen King