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Warrior Women

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Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective
 

Magic: The Gathering

A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective

 
Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles
 

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy

Part Two: Switching Roles

 

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles 

In the first part of this series we began to explore a couple of points, not least of all the idea that we are creating a new kind of gender mould with our misguided insistence as to what constitutes a “strong female character”. This has two consequences: female characters are still just as stereotyped as […]

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Magic In Fantasy – Part Three: Ancient Magic

Magic In Fantasy – Part Three: Ancient Magic 

This is the third article in our Magic In Fantasy series. If you missed part one or two you can read them here: Part One: Introduction Part Two: Real Magic Divine magic—magic wielded by godly and divine beings—might not be a mainstay of fantasy fiction anymore, but it originates at the very roots of fantasy […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women 

The problem with the new and yet very important desire to portray realistic, strong women with agency, is that some people fixate entirely on the first part of this – the word “strong” – and take it to mean something very specific. In fact, it has created a stereotype in and of itself. One of […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Four: A History of the Fae

Faeries and Folklore – Part Four: A History of the Fae 

In this final part of our exploration of the fae, it seems appropriate to take a look at not only the varied and expansive wealth of literature and that features fae, or any recognisable incarnation of them, but also a more comprehensive look at their time line. We’ve briefly explored the evolution of the fae, […]

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Chinese Dragons

Chinese Dragons 

Since we’ve looked at both the origins of our scaly friends, and their purported racial types, it seems wholly on course to take a jolly meander off the beaten path and explore an entirely different nest of dragons. Dragons feature in most world mythologies, and whilst some traits are similar and their appearances closely resemble […]

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Roads Go Ever Ever On

Roads Go Ever Ever On 

Something important is ending as we speak; the end of an era of not only entertainment, not just a story, but our invited cinematic access to a deep, rich and vivid world. I’m talking about Middle Earth. I wouldn’t even necessarily say I’m talking about The Hobbit as a movie, or an adaptation, either. Rather, […]

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Chris Evans Interview

Chris Evans Interview 

Chris Evans, author of the Iron Elves series, has once again delved into the realms of fantasy, this time with Of Bone and Thunder. This story of war and camaraderie takes place in a conflict that echoes the Vietnam War if it had been filled with dragons, magic, and dwarves. Sound interesting? We thought so […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Faeries and Folklore – Part Three: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 

Last time we looked at how faeries have evolved, through some of their integral folklore as well as the genre as a whole. Some changes have been marked, others more subtle. The same goes for the faeries who constantly bask in the spotlight, one way or another; famous or infamous in folklore and stories written […]

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 

Online games can be a little daunting to approach—at least they were for me. I’ve not tried many—count ‘em, two—but it seems I struck lucky with the second. I never tried games such as World of Warcraft and the like, since honestly, I never could get past the character generation screens. I look for a […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Two: The Evolution of Fae

Faeries and Folklore – Part Two: The Evolution of Fae 

Last time we looked at the faeries as a whole, a genus. But to really get to grips with the fae and just who and what they are, we need to be more specific, we need to go deeper. If we arm ourselves with Purkiss’ list (refreshed below) we can begin to look at some […]

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Demons in Fantasy

Demons in Fantasy 

So, demons in fantasy? A quick (and I mean a super, uber, single) search on Google for “Demon Fantasy” doesn’t yield much: the books that flag on Amazon are all self-published Kindle novels, the covers of which have a definite romance vibe, or at the very least, that kick-ass-chick-glancing-over-one-shoulder vibe, and there’s little joy in […]

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Magic In Fantasy: Alternative Magic Systems

Magic In Fantasy: Alternative Magic Systems 

This is the forth article in our series on Magic in Fantasy. To read the earlier articles click the links below. Part One: Introduction Part Two: Real Magic Part Three: Ancient Magic Finally we’ve come to the most exciting stop on our magic safari. Real magic and ancient systems of magic are exciting enough, yet […]

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