The Words of Warcraft

Over the decade of playing World of Warcraft ™ I’ve run across a few allusions to other works in literature, music, and the arts. For fun (!) I thought I’d do some research into how many allusions appear in Azeroth. Just the other day, I came across this: There are also numerous puns: And while there are many literary references in Wow, 10 AWESOME BOOK REFERENCES IN WORLD OF WARCRAFT the pop culture ones are as valuable and endearing: List of Pop Culture References in WoW. https://www.wowhead.com/news=286599/winnie-the-pooh-reference-in- In a region called Bastion, which is full of angels and paragons, (it’s…

Series: Elements of Structure Part 6: It's like…

  Analogies. Anecdotes. Allusions. How do we connect with readers? I am cursed with reading. I used to love it: diving down deep into a novel or story, sprinkling my mind with pixie dust and faraway vistas. It seems all I read lately are op-ed pieces that make my blood pressure rise. My tether to fantasy and imagination frays and twists: reading for pleasure is challenging.  A recent article in the Washington Post by Charles Lane, “Griping about the popular vote? Get over it.” Lane begins his piece as any hack, by using a sports analogy. I hate sports analogies. Sports…

Land of the Lost: Allusions, Annotating, and Anagnorisis

  Metacognition is the mind-map that is the survival tool in reading comprehension: it is that ‘thinking about thinking,’ the big picture, and knowing where you’re going, and, perhaps more importantly, when you’re lost: Anagnorisis is the moment in the story where the character, usually the protagonist, says, “Uh-oh.” According to Merriam-Webster, it is: Main Entry: an·ag·no·ri·sis Pronunciation: ˌa-ˌnag-ˈnȯr-ə-səs Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural an·ag·no·ri·ses –ˌsēz Etymology: Greek anagnōrisis, from anagnōrizein to recognize, from ana- + gnōrizein to make known; akin to Greek gnōrimos well-known, gignōskein to come to know — more at know Date: circa 1800 : the point…

Mighty Myth Month: All you need is Love. And a clamshell. And some cherubs. And a stylist.

Aphrodite (Greek) or Venus (Roman) is the goddess of love. But…not the personification of ‘motherly’ love, or the “I ‘heart’ (fill in the blank) love” but lovey-love. K-I-S-S-I-N-G SITTING IN A TREE kind of love. Aphrodite (aff-fro-dye-tee) is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. She is made from sea foam and lip gloss. She embodies beauty, romantic love, and the epitome of femininity. Well, she IS all that and a bag of chips, girlfriend. If she was characterized by a modern representation, not just any vapid female celebrity with a toy-sized dog in her purse would suffice. Those would just…