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The Shining and Toxic Masculinity

Stephen King’s 1977 best-selling novel, The Shining, and its subsequent 1980 film adaptation, directed by Stanley Kubrick, have been heralded as landmarks in horror literature and cinema. Both the novel and the film cente...


The Magic of Earthsea

The Earthsea Cycle is a collection of five novels and nine short stories written by Ursula K. Le Guin, with its publication spanning decades—from the first novel, A Wizard of Earthsea in 1968 to the last installment of the se...


A Thematic Analysis of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War,Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Black Panther. Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe produced character-driven narratives that weave in themes...



What Ready Player One Could Learn from The Lego Movie

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline takes place in a dystopian future, where the population of Earth spends all of its time in a virtual reality game called the OASIS.  The game developer who created the OASIS, James Halliday, d...


Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition and Meta Narrative

Final Fantasy XV, originally entitled Final Fantasy Versus XIII, wrestled through development hell for nearly a decade before its initial release. The game was accompanied by a movie, Kingsglaive, and an anime, Brotherhood: Fin...