Writing The Legend of Zelda, part 1

Spoilers for The Legend of Zelda (game series), The Godfather (film) and Bambi (inescapable childhood trauma-machine). Some years ago, a friend persuaded me to watch the original Hellsing anime. Japanese cartoons were new to me, and there was something very appealing about the fantastical action which Hellsing, Full Metal Alchemist and the rest brought to…

Writing Ori and the Blind Forest

Spoilers for Ori and the Blind Forest (game). Ori and the Blind Forest is a game in which one plays as a tiny cat-monster in his struggle against the twin perils of low gravity and high saturation. Pictured: the effect of sitting too near the screen when anything exciting happens.(Screenshot from 'Spongebob Squarepants') That does…

Writing Sekiro

Spoilers for the following games: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, mild spoilers for Dark Souls (series), Fallen London (formerly Echo Bazaar), and Cultist Simulator. Ninpou! Dark Souls Bunshin no Jutsu!(Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, official promotional material) I love Japanese food. There is something so fulfilling about a full Japanese meal: the flavours, textures, colours, the neatness…

Writing The Sexy Brutale

Spoilers for Undertale (game), The Sexy Brutale (game) and an absolute corker of a soundtrack. 'We didn't rig the roulette/ it was always turning/ whilst my mask was burning.('The Sexy Brutale', promotional material) On 7th December 2017, Tequila Works released a quirky murder mystery game set in a stable time loop, a story of subtle…

Of Chidis and Cheating

Spoilers for The Good Place, including the ending. As regular readers will know, I am a great fan of The Good Place and gushed about it not that long ago. As the finale grew closer, however, I spotted a few niggles which suggested to me that, unlike Philippa Foot in the world's most stable trolley,…

Writing Brexit

Spoilers for the 2020 remake of the British version of House of Cards and Planet of the Apes. Yesterday the last episode in the long-running, popular comedy-soap BlocEnders, which has been a mainstay of British television and newspaper for forty-seven years, took place. The premise was surprisingly simple: popular British figures, chiefly politicians, played overblown…

Of Star Wars and Sequelitis

Spoilers for the Star Wars franchise but, if you have not yet seen the films, I suspect you were not intending to. WHAAAAAAT!? The Rise of Skywalker was, at best, too little too late and, more likely, a rather dispiriting end to a depressing set of sequels. The so-called prequel trilogy was a mess, full…

Merry Christmas

Here at Writing Worlds, amidst all the desire for new universes and original spins on old tropes, we know that Christmas is a time for Tradition. Our Christmas present to you is all of that: a new spin on the old trope in the fine tradition of British parody, by C.S. Lewis. * And beyond…

Writing Worlds of Darkness

Spoilers for all World of Darkness-related materials, primarily Old World of Darkness and Vampire: the Masquerade. 'It's not fan service, it's a gothic-punk indictment of the evils of fan service'.(Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines, promotional material) In 1991, White Wolf released the first edition of Vampire: the Masquerade (V:tM), a self-described gothic-punk roleplaying game of…

Writing Dune

Spoilers for Dune and all Dune-derived media (books, films, games, television series). In the grim darkness of the 23rd Millennium, there is only... wait, no, that's the other one. In 1965, Chilton Books, a publisher known for producing engineering manuals, published Dune, a science-fiction book which had originally appeared as a serial in the magazine…