Expanding the Authorial Palate: A Study in Red by Rob Queen

Boston is home to the Red Sox, the New England Patriots, more universities than you could possibly visit in one St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and lobster (or, as they call it there, “lobstah”). In fact, I regularly tell my international acquaintances that if they go to Boston, they have to try the lobster. Why? Because,...

The Expert vs. The Bumpkin: On Genre Exposition and Reader Expectations by Harry Connolly

Let’s put Harry Dresden and Frodo Baggins next to each other. (No, seriously. Let’s.) At the beginning of their respective series, they don’t have a lot in common: They’re male. They’re good people. They both have an extraordinary ability to persevere in the face of terrible adversity. The rest is contrast. One is personally powerful...