Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’

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“Maniac” poster crop

“Maniac” is a 2015 Norwegian TV series from co-creator/star Espen Larvaag and Håkon Bast Mossige. Cary Fukunaga is helming an American remake, but the original stars Larvaag as Espen, a mentally ill man who’s been committed – though in his head, he’s having the time of his many lives (And now for spoilers galore). In his vivid fantasy scenarios, Espen’s alternately a billionaire who moonlights as a superhero, a hotel magnate/heir to a dubious family’s fortune, a WWII hero, (sitcom) Jerry Seinfeld, and more. The one constant in these lives is best friend/companion, Hakon, who alternately reaffirms that Espen’s the coolest person on the planet and to not trust any interloper. Continue reading “Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’”

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Oh, the horror of a lime in most dishes

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Van Gogh art, 1888

Ghosts and goblins? Psh. What about the horror of any dish with a lime thrown in just to add some semblance of flavor? As if, “This food is pretty bland, but instead of spicing it up, I’ll just throw in some lime flavoring. Limes are, after all, very zesty.” Continue reading “Oh, the horror of a lime in most dishes”

Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’

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G. Dou art, 1635, public domain. Fangs by Fennel.

For Halloween, I wanted to write about classic monsters in a way that’s slightly different, harking mostly to the metaphorical parallels that makes them so interesting. As alliterated in a Smashing Pumpkins song, the world is a vampire. Cue flash of lightning and the sound of thunder. Continue reading “Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’”

Fiction: Diversity Fest!

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Mix of public domain silhouette, Eugene Boudin’s “On the Beach,” 1866, France, also public domain.

That show many people seem to love has had its season finale, so fill the void with my short story “Diversity Fest!” here on WP. Bonus: no fee.

And now for the making-of bit: I don’t know if it’s the final draft, but I do think what’s here is (at the very least) a solid, good read.

Lit-Vamp

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© Lena Finch

This post isn’t about some vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature. Mostly it’s a bit of bias in favor of the Steuert-penned fiction here: https://ilovevampirenovels.com/vampires/wednesday-reading-list-82317/ Actually, no, wait. Maybe it is about a vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature — certainly if one generally capitalizes the “l” in “literature,” anyway.

Fandom

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E. Manet art, 1872

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I think there’s a sort of franchise element to its fandom shared with anything in which one is a fan of something (that seems) bigger than one’s self. Like, there are fans of sports teams, and there are fans of a comic book company team in a way that’s not dissimilar. As it is when a sports fan experiences someone scoring the winning goal, a different team-fan has the ability to feel like they’re living/winning through a specific franchise’s travails. This could be much the same with just a single character — be it a fictional one, an athlete, or even some actor. Continue reading “Fandom”

‘The “Privilege” of Vampirism’

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© Lena Finch

Late Night Partners” is “a full-fledged novella currently selling for less than two dollars” that is “well worth the price,” writes JL. “Doris’s transition into vampirism is not straightforward—it’s a very different narrative from the popular Romantic Vampire type; her sire isn’t there to mentor her, and there is no reason or ceremony to her turning. She simply is thrust into new circumstances and made to accept them and understand herself within them; through her vignettes in the eighteenth century, finally see where the ‘privilege’ of vampirism can run out.”

“7.5/10.” Full review here.