Blast From the Past: Part One

Lots of other blogs with vast archives do this so I figured I might as well try it out too.  What is a ‘blast from the past’ here on The Mad Reviewer?  Well, for our purposes it will be me plugging some of my older posts way back from 2012 and 2013 (possibly even 2014) that my newer subscribers may have missed.  Some of them are not the best written but I’ve definitely improved over time and my older posts are definitely a reflection of my blogging inexperience.  They’re still pretty cool, though, if I do say so myself.

So here are some random articles over the years that I’ve particularly liked or had fun writing:

1.  Why are Zombies so Scary?  (March 2012)

Here in this post I examine the reasons why zombies used to terrify me and why they continue to terrify other people, even with the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead.  Read the comment section to discover how zombies are like cows as well.

2.  What Makes a Character Memorable?  (March 2012)

What makes a character memorable?  Why is it that some characters stick out to us and we remember them years later whereas some characters you forget instantly after finishing a book?

3.  Accuracy in Historical Fiction (April 2012)

My views surrounding accuracy in historical fiction have slightly changed since this post but the essence of it is true: most history is exciting enough that it doesn’t need to be changed by authors.

4.  A Plea for Diversity in Fantasy (April 2012)

No, this isn’t about racial and other diversity (I’ve addressed that in other posts) but instead this was a desperate plea for some unique plots in fantasy, YA fantasy in particular.  I think part of my problem at the time was the fact it was the height of Twilight fever and I desperately needed a form of brain bleach to displace all the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob nonsense.

5.  Should Reviewers Give Bad Reviews?  (July 2012)

Yep, this controversy has raged for years and will continue to go on long after this generation of bloggers quits.  Should reviewers give bad reviews or simply not post bad reviews?  I think by now you guys know what side I’m on.

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