Panned Helsing: Bad Reviews That Can Save Your Fiction

by Lon Prater

By now everyone who wants to has had the chance to see Van Helsing, whether in a theater or on video. Few critics have had good things to say about the film, a fact that’s easily understandable for many of those who saw it. The thing is, this monster-action movie isn’t without redeeming value, at least for us fiction writers. We lucky few can watch the writing horrors unfold and—if we pay attention to what didn’t work—gain a bit of insight into our own craft. Want fiction that doesn’t bite? Make sure you avoid the monstrous …