Commentary

Understanding Character Representation

Simple counting is all it takes to realize our stories feature some groups of people way more often than others. This inequality must change, but the process of correcting this imbalance can be confusing and intimidating. While it will take more than one article to … read more »

The Five Stages of Becoming a Fiction Writer

I’ve heard many people describe their progression as a writer, and I’ve been surprised not by how different these stories are, but how similar. That doesn’t mean everyone goes through these specific steps or does it in exactly this order, just that these growth experiences … read more »

Seven Signs of Bad Media Analysis

The Royal Duel from Black Panther.

Analyzing media is what we do here at Mythcreants, and we encourage others to do so as well, whether for an audience or just for themselves. Nothing is ever “just a story.” Stories have meaning, whether the creator intended for them to or not, and … read more »

Cheap Depictions of Bullying Are Now on Our Hit List

An older boy pins a younger boy against an aquarium tank.

We’ve all seen it countless times: the good-looking and talented protagonist goes to school, only to be physically assaulted by villainous children.  These bullies don’t like the protagonist because they’re new to the school, or their parent is dead, or they’re different in some invisible … read more »

Should You Give Non-Human Groups Marginalized Traits?

A dark-skinned Klingon from star trek discovery

At Mythcreants, we get many questions like “Can I avoid racial justice implications by using alien characters?” or “Is it okay to make my intelligent monster gender neutral?” To better answer questions like these, I’ll outline what you should know when making non-humans resemble marginalized people – … read more »

205 – Oppressed Mages

The Mythcreant Podcast

Having magic is such a struggle! All the muggles are out to get you, and the church keeps trying to set you on fire. Clearly, mages are oppressed. Or are they? Wes returns after a short sabbatical, just in time for us to discuss this trope and why it doesn’t make any sense. Read more »