Best of Storius, July 2019
Stanley Kubrick, The Beatles, Netflix’s strategy, and Harry Potter
Best of Storius is a monthly digest of articles that best represent Storius’ vision of becoming a must-read magazine for everyone interested in how stories are created, discovered, distributed, and consumed. A small sample of the publication’s materials, Best of Storius invites you, the reader, to further explore Storius’ constantly growing selection of materials related to the art, craft, and business of storytelling in all its various forms.
Despite his relatively short filmography (thirteen full-length films and three short documentaries), Stanley Kubrick is universally praised as a legendary filmmaker. Ezra T. James explores some aspects of Kubrick’s films that make his legacy so unique.
The Expanse has consistently attracted viewers with superb storytelling and amazing visuals, and Joshua Beck makes a convincing case for Game of Thrones’ fans to check out this space saga.
Have you ever wondered why Harry Potter books hold such a special place in the hearts of millions of readers around the world? Megan Bidmead’s article helps us understand how the pure fantasy of Hogwarts has made a very real difference in the lives of readers.
All in Our Heads: Why We Need Fantasy Stories
They may be pure fantasy, but their impact on our lives is very real.
Are you a writer working on your first book marketing campaign? Brianna Wolfson shares some lessons she’s learned from publishing a variety of books.
Marketing Your Book in a Way That Feels Like You
Lessons from bringing all kinds of books to life
Steph Mickelson invites you to meet epizeuxis, metanoia, and anaphora, and see how they helped Lucille Clifton in her poetry and Winston Churchill with his speeches.
3 Rhetorical Devices That Will Breathe New Life into Your Writing
Going beyond similes, metaphors, and personification
Becoming a good writer is impossible without extensive reading. Zulie Rane offers a fresh perspective on a reading pattern that can affect a writer’s creativity.
The Biggest Sin I Commit as a Reader of Books
If you want to be a writer, you have to stop doing this.
The Fab Four’s music continues to move and inspire decades after it was written. On the 55th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the U.S, Matt Frati shares his take on why new generations continue to fall in love with their songs.
The Beatles at 55: Still Guaranteed to Raise a Smile
Their songs are immortal because they speak directly to universal human passions
Whether you’re a longtime Fleetwood Mac’s fan or want to learn more about the legendary band, you’ll find something interesting in Caroline Delbert’s handpicked list.
Storytellers in Focus
Tom Zimberoff’s series is a treasure trove of superb photography and personal encounters with many world-famous people. While it’s hard to pick a single story, with The Beatles being somewhat of a theme for Storius lately, this month’s highlight is a day in November 1973 when Lennon was interviewed for Crawdaddy magazine.
A part of Storius’ In-Depth series, Alex Sun’s article explores the benefits and downsides of Disney’s mega-franchises strategy vs. Netflix’s approach of producing hundreds of low-to-medium budget originals.
The Age of Big Bets: Risk & Reward in Mega-Franchise Entertainment
Is trying to follow Disney’s model the best strategy for other players?
Jen Clinehens looks into consumer analysis paralysis and explains why too many choices is a worse option than just enough.
Why Simplicity Is the Key to a Great Customer Experience
We often assume giving people more information is better. But to customers, more options can be paralyzing.
The art of capturing a moment has been a popular topic among Storius’ readers, and our Photography section has been growing steadily. Ken Ozuna shares his techniques for making photos look like movie scenes.
How to Make Your Photography Instantly Cinematic
Tips from the latest trends and workflow of cinematographers that you can apply to your photography today!
Josh S. Rose’s articles let you see the world from the perspective of a professional photographer. In this post, he goes over some key challenges and effective solutions for expressing emotion in situations when the audience has little or no context of the image’s surrounding factors.
Nancy Bilyeau follows the journey of A Room on the Garden Side — Ernest Hemingway’s 1956 story that wasn’t published until 2018.
Margo Lestz tells the story of a surprising connection between the author of Les Misérables and The Joker’s maniacal laughter.
There are places where stories come alive. Jim Denney takes you on a tour of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — Disneyland’s latest expansion into the galaxy far, far away, told from a storyteller’s perspective.
What Galaxy’s Edge Taught Me About Storytelling
7 storytelling lessons of Disneyland’s newest world
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