Alex Gabriel

Writer. Reader. Romancer.


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The Gunfighter

Ever wondered about all the things you could do with an omniscient narrator?

Check out The Gunfighter, a hilarious and absolutely brilliant short film in which the characters of a Western run into an omniscient narrator. (There’s even some very touching m/m romance.)

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Meta Rec: The Rape of James Bond

“The Rape of James Bond. On Sexual Assault, and ‘Realism’ in Popular Culture” by Sophia McDougall is a very interesting essay on the way rape is treated as a subject in fiction.

McDougall makes several excellent points about the fact that fictional rape is frequently treated as an expected part of “realistic” scenarios… but only when it happens to women. While fictional rape is commonplace for female characters, the rape of male characters – particularly traditionally masculine protagonists – is all but entirely unheard of. Despite the fact that it, too, would be more “realistic” under the circumstances these characters often find themselves in.

My summary does not do this thought-provoking essay justice, so I will hold my tongue and let you go read it for yourselves.


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Fiction vs Reality

I have never liked fiction to have too close a connection with my lived reality. As far as I can remember, this has always been the case, and it’s a general thing that extends to fiction of all kinds, from books to movies to epic poetry to song lyrics. I don’t want to recognize places, things, people or setting details that have a direct connection to my own life.

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