Literature Review: Tabooed Topics in Narrative

“What happens when the story involves suicide, murder, crime, war, death, incest or rape? What if these were part of our family stories? And as writers, what do we ‘do’ with these difficult memories?” (Guntarik et. al 2015)

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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska (2005) was John Green’s debut young adult novel (remember him? He wrote the novels-turned-films The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns). It won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association. I have no words. Honestly, this book should be used as prescription medication for psychopaths; it is IMPOSSIBLE to feel […]

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Eternity

Young, brainless Carrie, bored with all her riches and the dull men in her privileged hometown, sort of mail-order-brides herself to a faraway farmer looking for a woman to mother his small children and house-keep.

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13 Reasons Why the Suicide Conversation Needed to Happen

*SPOILERS* 13 Reasons Why has sparked an intense internet debate since it was released on Netflix at the end of March. It’s the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide and leaves voice-recorded tapes behind for her peers to explain why she left and why they are to blame. Initially the television adaptation of […]

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And so it ends (starts?)

Writing in Public: A Reflection Over the past nine weeks I have been focusing on creating and curating blog posts on a variety of topics relating to media, audience and place. This subject was challenging in that it was quite prescriptive in terms of the blog topics compared to other subjects which allow for more freedom. Initially […]

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