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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Are You A Fan of Game of Thrones?
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:03:55 PM »
Hello everyone! If you're a fan of the universally acclaimed hit series "Game of Thrones" then I've created a T-shirt in both men and women. Season 5 is soon upon us and I figured it'd be a nice way to get ready for this upcoming season. If you're a fan, please check them out, and if you like them share them with friends and family.

Cheers!

Click here ==> http://teespring.com/gotregards?pr=FREESHIP

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Why do you write?
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:26:39 PM »
Happy Friday everyone!

So let's get right to it shall we?

Why do you write?

What is your vision when crafting your story?

Is it to become a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author? To escape the everyday life you're used to?

Is your imagination and creativity so grand that you feel compelled to craft them into magical stories that you know others will enjoy?

What's your reason for writing?

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General Discussion / Racism in Fantasy and Sci-Fi?
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:32:13 AM »
Hello fellow fantasy and sci/fi aficionados!

I sincerely hope all of you are doing exceptionally well thus far in 2015. I'd like to brush up on a very serious and sensitive issue and would love to see your thoughts on the matter, considering we're all a part of this giant community.

Does racism in fantasy/sci-fi exist?

I've been doing a bit of digging and have come across quite a few articles that I will post below on the matter. Please do check them out whenever you have the chance, I feel it'd be beneficial towards this discussion.

My question to all of you is based on the color of the main characters in a particular novel, would that be one of the deciding factors on purchasing a book? 

Another issue I've read up on is that some dark skinned authors have been complaining about publishers not wanting to publish a book whose protagonist is of dark skin, as opposed to them being of a lighter complexion. Have any of you come across this matter before, or know of anyone who has come across a similar problem?

I surely hope this isn't the case.

Links: http://artthreat.net/2013/06/game-of-thrones-and-racist-fantasy/
http://www.aartichapati.com/2010/01/for-discussion-racism-in-fantasy-its.html
http://nkjemisin.com/2014/05/wiscon-38-guest-of-honor-speech/
http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2012/12/10/it-matters-if-youre-black-or-white-the-racism-of-ya-book-covers/
http://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/104712679498/racism-and-fantasy-novels
https://theafictionado.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/fantastically-racist-and-scientifically-offensive/

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General Discussion / What Makes A Great Villain?
« on: November 15, 2014, 06:01:29 AM »
Hello everyone, hope all of you have had a fantastic week so far. I've been doing a lot of reading and I stumbled across an interesting article that I wanted to share and get your opinions on.

http://www.overthinkingit.com/2013/04/04/the-banality-of-evil-origin-stories/

Do you agree or disagree?


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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Who Do You Think Has The Best Prose
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:24:19 AM »
Sorry if this subject has been done already. If it has just be kind enough to direct me towards the link.

If not, then who in your opinion has the best prose in fantasy or science fiction.

I've noted that a lot of personal favorites from fantasy readers are Pat Rothfuss and Joe Butcher.

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Writers' Corner / What Makes a Great Story?
« on: October 12, 2014, 11:36:32 PM »
A Song of Ice and Fire
Harry Potter
The Kingkiller's Chronicles
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Ender's Game
The Hunger Games
Twilight (this may be arguable to some)
SteelHeart
Dune
Mistborn

I could go on and on with a full page of great stories that have been hugely successful with the public. As an aspiring writer who specializes in superhero/science fantasy, I'd like to get your views on what makes a successful story, and what you think would be an added addition in terms of tropes, themes, etc...

Is it the characters, plot, prose, all of the above?

Please share your thoughts below.

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