If a conflict is too difficult for the hero, its resolution will be unsatisfying.
War of the Spark's missteps makes its storyline both cliché and offensive.
The movie isn't always worse than the book.
Audiences expect more from stories that feature distressing subject matter.
Will these final films improve, or will Marvel's tradition of shoddy endings continue?
If a death doesn’t add anything to the story, then it’s a mistake.
Hey there, friend, do you feel like joining some vampires for a night out on the town?
Misunderstanding oppression in fiction can do real-world damage.
Can Marvel's next series of climaxes avoid mediocrity?
Misogyny, toxic masculinity, and confusion over class struggle make this book an insulting letdown.
Long-running series must face the challenge of meeting expectations and providing closure.
Buffy runs the gamut on villains, from the highest highs to the lowest lows.
Despite its spotty track record, Marvel manages to present a mixed bag.
Despite a novel and diverse setting, Earthsea suffers from sexism and a lack of planning.
Marvel consistently demonstrates how to create an utterly lackluster climax.
The characters’ powers are all over the place, and it damages the story.
When the climax is a disappointment, the whole story suffers.
If your magic system is confusing, other aspects of the story might not even matter.
Lessons from the Star Wars climaxes can be applied to your own work.