January 25, 2020, 02:35:48 PM

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Is it possible to write a fantasy story that isn't grounded nowadays? I hear the word "grounded" used a lot these days, and it has me wondering whether our society has lost the ability to enjoy the absurd, odd or eccentric, and now demand their fantasy to exist in quasi "realistic" settings. The absurd is relegated to children's literature and the occasional comedic fantasy story that slips by the editors from time to time. Maybe its like some great author once said,

"Children are more willing to accept the absurd and odd, but adults expect everything to make sense."

May 02, 2015, 09:23:14 AM
The state of modern fantasy book covers. I wasn’t sure whether post this on the writing board or the art board since it crosses over into both topic, but anyway.

Does anyone else kind of hate the minamalist design sense that is so common in fantasy book covers these days? I kind of hate modern fantasy cover art. A lot of times I feel they fail to give me that sense of wonder, that more classical covers did. More often then not it’s either a model in cosplay (presumably, depicting the protagonist, but I’ve seen covers where the character on the cover scarcely resembles the protagonist in the book.) or a logo or insignia, which doesn’t say much out of context. But worst of all, are generic illustrations of unicorns or dragons. I like the covers of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, because the tell you exactly what kind of story you’re about to read. I doubt Conan the Barbarian, would be nearly as popular as he is if Frazetta didn’t draw those covers? I kind of miss cover illustrations that are works of art in their own right.

October 26, 2017, 02:48:32 PM