Why I’m Okay With Good vs. Evil Stories

A Good vs. Evil story is usually pretty straightforward. You have the Good Guys on one side, and the Bad Guys on the other side, and you’re almost always cheering for the Good Guys to win. It’s the type of story you see in children’s fairy tales, but that doesn’t make it childish.

Lately, I’ve noticed people tend to steer clear of these types of stories. The argument is that “Good vs. Evil” is too unrealistic – people and societies really aren’t that clear-cut when it comes to morality. In reality, there’s a lot more ambiguity. That’s how we end up with writing advice about giving our villains redeemable qualities and giving our heroes flaws.

And don’t get me wrong, that’s good advice – you do want to have fully developed characters on both sides of the equation, or it isn’t a very fair story. But in the process of giving this advice, we shun the typical good vs. evil stories, calling them cliche, predictable, overdone, and so on and so forth.

But here’s a secret: I’m actually okay with these kinds of stories.

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Writing Lessons from Ace Attorney

First things first, we need some good background music. This is most definitely not a ploy to get you to listen to one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. Not at all.

Way back in May of last year, I read a book titled Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson which I really enjoyed. After reading it, I noticed that there were writing lessons that could be gathered from the story, and I compiled those ideas into a blog post I called “Writing Lessons from Steelheart.” Since then, I haven’t written any more “Writing Lessons” blog posts, but that changes today.

As you may or may not know, I am slightly obsessed with enjoy a series of video games called Ace Attorney. To make a long story short, you play as Phoenix Wright, a rookie defense attorney, as he investigates crimes and defends the innocent from wrongful convictions. As you can imagine, these games don’t feature a lot of fast-paces gameplay – instead, they focus more on puzzle-solving and logical thinking as you put the pieces of the case together and determine the truth.

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Phoenix Wright, star of the Ace Attorney series

Because of this, Ace Attorney happens to be heavily story-driven. It’s like reading a mystery novel, except you’re the main character. With all of the story and narration involved in these games, it makes sense that there are a lot of writing lessons that can be learned from them.

Since there are a lot of games in this series, I’m just going to focus on the first three, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials & Tribulations, which actually fit together like a trilogy. I vaguely hint at a few plot points, but I did my best to keep everything spoiler-free. Without further ado, here are some writing lessons from the Ace Attorney Trilogy!

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Week In Review – April 7

Welcome to Friday everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready for the weekend! Mine wasn’t too bad – like I mentioned on Friday, I saw La La Land with my friends on Friday, went to a birthday party and that Battle Royale event on Saturday , and did some other fun stuff this week too.

In case you missed it, I wrote a blog post about Christian metal on Monday, in which I give my defense of the “genre.” That was one that took quite a bit of thought to put together, so if you’re interested, I’d love it if you checked it out!

And as for the rest of the week…

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Week In Review – March 17

Welcome to Friday! I hope that everyone had a good week this week. Me? I’ve been enjoying Spring Break at home (though it’s more like winter break here with all the snow we got this week).

This week, I wrote a tutorial for how I make the title images for my blog posts, so if you’re a fellow blogger, check it out! Of course, you can deviate from my methods – I just wanted to use it as a starting point.

And as for the rest of the week…

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Week In Review – Jan 6

I really like how my background for the winter WIRs is my snow covered backyard, and yet we haven’t gotten any snow here yet, aside from the occasional dusting. Welcome to winter in Pennsylvania.

I’m not really sure if I’m relieved or disappointed about the lack of snow, but my weather-related musings aside, I’ve had a pretty great week! I moved back into school this week for J-Term, which is a short term that takes place before the spring semester starts. It’s 15 days with just one class, but the class period is about three hours long. It sounds kinda crazy, but it’s a nice way to focus in on one subject and get some credits out of the way.

Anyway, I don’t want to give away everything that’s going on, so click below to read about the rest of my week!

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Week In Review – Dec 16

Finally, Friday is here! Just a quick update on some things I mentioned last week before I start with the wrap-up.

First off, I blogged about crafts and gift-making on Monday, so be sure to check that out if you need any ideas for last-minute Christmas gifts!

Seconf, my laptop, as I mentioned previously, is dead. The good news is, I have access to all of my files via my external hard drive now, and now that I’m home for winter break, we’re working on getting my computer fixed. It also means I’m home more, so I can use the desktop computers in our house to write blog posts and whatnot. Hopefully now that I’ve got a computer I can use anytime¬† and more free time, I can get back to my normal posting schedule (I say as I post this later than usual).

So it’s been a pretty great week! More about it after the jump!

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Best Of February

Welcome to March, everyone! I hope you had an awesome February and enjoyed the extra day yesterday. I had a pretty great February myself, and I’m excited to share some of it with you! So, without further ado, here’s my Best of February!

My Blog

February was a pretty rough month for blogging. Things got busy with school, so I didn’t have as much time for blogging as I would have liked. However, I did still manage to write a few blog posts! In case you missed it, here’s what I wrote:

A Memoir
Valentine’s Day
Creating Stories With Meaning

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