Welcome to Pop Culture Literary!
If you’ve found your way here, then you are either looking for some assistance with literary devices and grammar, or you’re a pop culture fan! Welcome in! Here, you’ll find posts about literary device and pop culture (video games, comics, anime, films, cartoons, and other media) aimed at helping people to gain an understanding of the devices that creators use to build all of our favorite stories! I started this blog to delve into today’s popular media and look at them through new lenses in order to understand and enjoy them on a new level.
Who am I?
I am a Colorado native who grew up in the mountains and loves writing, pop culture, and nature. When I’m writing, I’m usually accompanied by two sweet elderly Pomeranians named Kovu and Zoey, who think that I can hold them AND use my keyboard. Right now, I’m working on completing a Master of Science in communication and technology, so you might notice a few extended absences where I’m not writing.
I am licensed to teach English Language Arts (actually, I was licensed, but I’ve let my license expire in favor of graduate school) in Colorado. Join me in exploring the literary and narrative devices that make our cartoons, games, TV shows, anime, comics, movies, and other aspects of pop culture great.
When English Class isn’t Easy…
One of the hardest parts about English Language Arts classes (aside from essay writing, but that’s not what we’re looking at here!) is learning about the literary devices that give purpose to seemingly meaningless words. In many cases, literary classes try to teach their students about these techniques by using tried and true classics like The Scarlet Letter, or A Man for All Seasons. Unfortunately, although these are great works of literature, they can be difficult to read when trying to learn about entirely new elements of literary study at the same time.
Now, if you’ve ever thought, ‘Why should I learn this stuff? I’m not going to be a writer or literary buff or anything when I graduate. I hate reading,‘ put a pin in that. Consider this: all stories (not just literary classics) use literary devices. They offer creators exciting ways to add new dynamics to their work. So if you enjoy playing video games, listening to music, or watching anything, you are missing out on the full experience by not understanding these devices.
If you’ve ever found yourself confused about why that conch shell was important to all of those stranded boys in Lord of the Flies, or how someone can put anger in a bottle, you’ve come to the right place. This blog is also about gaining a deeper understanding of different literary devices by exploring them as they appear in TV shows, anime, comics, cartoons, graphic novels, videogames, movies, and other marvels from popular culture.
Tired of missing out? Join us as we explore the ways that popular media uses literary devices to enhance their incredible stories.
Thank you, and happy reading.
Collaborators are always welcome here. If you’re interested in collaborating, feel free to contact me using the “contact” page or through any of the social media below, or leave a message in the comments!
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