Crossed Wires: Readership

by Wina Puangco Okay, okay, so I know I said we would be talking about comics this week, but it will have to wait. I have a special post in store for you all, with a special guest, so stay tuned for that. For now, I thought we would discuss something a little more general—and also quiteContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Readership”

Crossed Wires: The Necessity of Translation

by Wina Puangco A few weeks ago, I was listening to (read: eavesdropping on) some strangers in Fully Booked complain about the Filipino translation of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. Not the actual translation, mind you (they would never read that), but just the existence of it. Somehow, these people were offended byContinue reading “Crossed Wires: The Necessity of Translation”

Crossed Wires: Some Pressing Concerns on the Writing of Historical Fiction

by Jose Carlo Flordeliza I was tasked to explore the literary genre of historical fiction and create insights that would perhaps provide some semblance of clarity to this tradition that has once again managed to gain significant traction in the publishing world. However, I realize that most of the rules are now rather vague. I foundContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Some Pressing Concerns on the Writing of Historical Fiction”

Crossed Wires: Romance is the Real Deal

by Mina V. Esguerra Sad and tired truth: Romance is, despite its popularity worldwide, one of the genres that “serious readers” and “serious writers” find acceptable to diss. The put-down can be as innocent as “I prefer to read challenging books” or as alarming as “Teenage pregnancies are on the rise because of books with kissing!”Continue reading “Crossed Wires: Romance is the Real Deal”

Crossed Wires: Well, That Can’t Happen Here

by Wina Puangco It’s with immense pleasure (and lots of caffeine) that I say “yes” to Bookbed’s suggestion that we resume this convo on common misunderstandings in literature. Thus far, we’ve tackled specific genres, and while that is something I’d like to look into further throughout the duration of this series, I thought it would beContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Well, That Can’t Happen Here”

Crossed Wires: The Fantasy Epic

by Erika M. Carreon I’ve talked before and written about in a Plural blog about the contributions and frustrations Tolkien and his Middle Earth have given me in relation to how I’ve come to define fantasy, but for the moment I’d like to talk a bit about fairy tales, particularly the misconception that they were storiesContinue reading “Crossed Wires: The Fantasy Epic”

Crossed Wires: Science Fiction

by Noel Villa Salutations to all whose curiosity has led them to this segment called Crossed Wires, wherein a cheeky organism by the name of Noel Villa (writer, complainer and enthusiast of the non-real with a penchant for baroque and romanticist stylings) shall herewith babble on about common misconceptions attributed to the genre loosely termed: scienceContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Science Fiction”

Crossed Wires: Short, Short Fiction

by Wina Puangco Hi, everyone! This is Wina Puangco. I write stories and put together zines (and run MoarBooks). Today, I’m taking over a little corner of your cyber reading space with Crossed Wires: a tiny segment for Pillow Talk this month on (the most commonly) misunderstood genres of literature, and the things we mistake themContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Short, Short Fiction”