Framing storytelling against the events of history often sheds light on why certain pieces of work resonate over others. This short video from Nerdwriter1 considers the success of serial storytelling of Charles Dickens against the backdrop of the early 19th century. Comparatively, it predicts that the Star Wars franchise is on the verge of a new renaissance, pointing to the ways The Force Awakens responded to criticism of the franchise, particularly the prequel trilogy. In closing, the narrator suggests that now is the time for fans to voice their expectations. A point I will second.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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