Larger Than Life

The Romantic Hero

Romantic heroes lives in a world larger than the one they occupy space in. Romanticizing, or exaggerating, things is a way to represent ideas as grander than they are, as opposed to, say, a ‘realistic’ description.

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A Moment In Spacetime

Plots and Storyboards

We have been told that a plot is important for a narrative but that need not always be the case. Some scenes can function without a plot or storyboard, purely throttled by a character and their response to something internal or external.

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A Lover’s Run


Romantic comedies make for fulfilling literature: there is conflict, emotion, drama and a happily-ever-after. The genre, probably one of the most widely written and read has seen both tradition and innovation, clich├ęs and novelty, and appeal and ridicule. Rom-coms could probably tie with religious texts for speaking also a history of literature.

At its heart, each rom-com is just a retelling of what love is and how it affects us. The politics of a rom-com intersect with the politics of storytelling and the politics of love. Of late, queer rom-coms have gained much visibility, while rom-coms mentioning inter-caste couples still remain elusive in mainstream literature.

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Evil Is As Evil Does

On Heroes, Villains, Protagonists and Antagonists

Heroes and villains are common characters. A hero embodies a certain palatable morality while the villain usually has none or one that is questionable. A protagonist is a character in the story who the readers are supposed to sympathise/agree with while the antagonist is someone opposed to the worldview of the protagonist. Often, heroes become protagonists and villains antagonists.

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