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Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet What? Not everyone instantly recognizes Lovecrafts incredibly photogenic face?

Are you going to tell me not everyone has read all his famous stories?  :D

March 11, 2015, 01:44:29 PM
Re: Mad Max: Fury Road Also, has anyone seen the show "Fist of the North Star?" It's like an adult Japanese cartoon from the 1980's that is based off of the original Mad Max movies. The show is sweet and contains tons of action scenes and excellent plot. I've watched the first 3 seasons of it. Pretty sure that MF Doom is a big fan!

If you really like the Mad Max movies and enjoy all of the psychotic villains, then you will love Fist of the North Star.

June 05, 2015, 03:29:36 PM
Re: Social responsibility for creatives (writers included) Writers have one responsibility: Entertain their readers.

July 11, 2015, 04:12:17 AM
Re: Music to Listen to while writing I've been listening to the Meliora album by Ghost.


December 10, 2015, 07:23:34 AM
Re: Wanting better prose in fantasy literature
Maybe I'm just becoming a grump at an early age and my preferences are narrowing down, but what I've really found off-putting about a lot of contemporary fantasy I've been trying to get into is the level of mastery of language and the quality of the prose. When I was younger I wouldn't have paid any mind to this and just enjoyed the entertainment factor, but now it's getting harder to overlook.

Perhaps I'm becoming a literary snob.

Like all genres there's a wide range within fantasy. Some authors have a strength in the flow and quality of their prose, and some their strength lies elsewhere (characterization, pacing, etc).  I'm curious what you've been reading.

Here are some of the fantasy authors where I feel their prose is wonderful (not everyone will agree, maybe someone can add some more suggestions):

  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Richard K. Morgan (I didn't notice it at all in Altered Carbon, but did in  Steel Remains)
  • Miles Cameron
  • Erin Morgenstern
  • Christopher Buehlman

January 13, 2016, 01:20:31 PM
Re: Wanting better prose in fantasy literature For the OP. Three words: read Cat Valente.
January 14, 2016, 04:52:15 AM
Re: Female Fantasy Readers thoughts on Male Protagonists There is a point where you can tell. I won't go into too much detail, but in Code Black, they've got all the requirements for a show to be culturally acceptable.
Mixed race couple? Check. No problem with that, except when the character's relationship makes absolutely no sense, like in this case.
Gay couple? Check. Again, no problem with that, but based on the first example, probably just a trick to pull more people and not to help the characters.
There's several examples of that appearing in TV and movies. Why? Because people feel pressured into writing the stories someone else wants, and not the one they want to tell. If you're going to have a straight couple, that's fine. How does that relationship effect the plot? Gay couple? That's awesome. How do the struggles they face(if any in the world you're writing) or the relationship with their partner benefit the plot? So, in other words, why does that guy need to be with that girl, or the girl with the other girl, guy with guy, etc.
I'll take this away from relationships, and include it with race, since for some reason that's still a thing. If a character is white in your head, how does that benefit your story? Compare the benefits of the character being black or hispanic or something else, and weigh them against each other. Go with the option that works best in your mind, not the one that pleases the most people.
In other words, just write the freaking story and make it a good one. Don't try to be politically correct. It makes a lot more people cringe than others realize. Write your story.

January 15, 2016, 08:50:47 PM
Re: Relating to characters The best stories are those in which the plot is the result of the personalty of the character. If anyone would act the same way if put into the position of the protagonist, then the plot is written in a way that allows almost no agency.

I think the best well known example from fiction is Indiana Jones. When he is faced with a problem, he does not do the obvious sensible thing, but some crazy daring Indiana Jones thing. He's consistent in that and we have it figured out pretty quickly, so when he jumps from a horse on a truck full of enemies, we're not really surprised or think the writers throw out silly ideas randomly. We actually anticipate something like that and looking forward to it. Put any other character with whatever personality in his position at the start of the movie and you can be certain that the rest if the story would not have played out anything like that.
Dark Lord taking over the world and heroes stopping him because it's the right thing to di won't get you anything like that.

I am of the personal opinion that you can't write a good adventure story without outlining.Or if you start out blank and just see where it would take you, you probably need so much revising that the first draft effectively becomes your outline. There are some kinds of fiction where you can just go exploring and surprise yourself with what you get in the end, but I don't believe that works for stories of the adventure type.

February 04, 2016, 11:20:02 AM
Re: Relating to characters The problem I see with "freestyle" writing is that the plot that emerges from it will largely be situations and developments that come intuitively to mind while you are writing. And intuition tells us to follow the path we're already familiar with. Which in this case means following stereotypes and even cliches.
Doing something new and clever isn't likely to happen by accident. You have to actively decide to get off the beaten path with a purpose or you will quickly drift back to it because that's what comes naturally.

If your focus is on reflection and atmosphere, heading out without a goal could probably get you pretty interesting results in that area. (I don't really read stories of that kind myself.) But if you want to do stories with an emphasis on characters being clever, mysteries being solved, and things connecting together in unexpected ways, I think you need to have a pretty good idea of where the story starts, where it ends, and who the actors are before you begin with the first draft.
Or you end up with something like Lost or X-Files where the audience just throws their hands up and resign any hope that there will be a satisfying payoff in the end. Or it's highly predictable the entire time.

February 04, 2016, 08:05:56 PM
Re: Alien races? here are some super-helpful links.

info about lyrans:

info about pleiadians:

info about sirians:

info about orions:

and as a bonus, infinite story ideas!

February 08, 2016, 06:51:27 PM