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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?”

Resources:
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?”

Resources:
The Life of David Gale
House, MD
Sherlock 

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

Questions 290: Balancing Science and Story

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Rebecca and Robert both ask:
“How do I do good hard science fiction without overloading on the science and tech?”

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Resources:
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Open Source Woman by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer