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General Discussion / Pets
« on: August 16, 2019, 01:57:44 AM »
So do any of you have pets, dogs ,cats, goldfish?

Edit: how do I search threads by title to find duplicates?

General Discussion / What do you think the future would look like?
« on: July 14, 2019, 03:46:27 AM »
Most books about future fit into two major themes:

- An advanced futuristic society that expands into space, colonizing other systems, robots/AI, FTL travel etc etc
- A post-apocalyptic wasteland where we regress to underground or walled living with just survival being the objective.

Going by current events, which of these is more likely?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy vs Fiction
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:00:29 PM »
Inspired from @AelizWarlok thread.

What in your opinion are key differences between Fantasy and Fiction?

A story sans any fantasy elements (magic beasts etc) set in imaginary land of X
A story sans any fantasy elements (magic beasts etc) set in imaginary Titan a moon of a Gas Giant.
A story sans any fantasy elements (magic beasts etc) set in Earth

Is that all that takes to differentiate between Fantasy and Fiction?

General Discussion / What are your most controversial opinions?
« on: June 23, 2019, 03:58:35 AM »
I presume everyone has some that they rarely voice since reactions are not likely to be supportive...let's hear some of them.

To start this.....I support cannibalism, polygamy, legally assisted dying, decriminalization of suicides and increased use of death penalty.

Not just free for all, but within a legal structure that'll prevent misuse.

The undead are a standard feature in fantasy novels, so are people with super powers. Though we don't call them superheroes or Zombies, we have lots of parallels and similarities between the tropes.

So do you see them as Fantasy or Fiction or Sci-fi or just plunk Comic (non-illustrative) as a separate genre?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Torture/Cruelty
« on: March 25, 2019, 12:13:00 AM »
Does it really make a difference? We've had many books from WoT to Black Company to Malazan..which do not have much/any explicit cruelty to humans or animals.

Even in cases like Jorg, Cosca or Glotka, I can still appreciate the flavours of the characters even without the overt cruelty. It's my opinion that many authors feels it adds grit to story...but all it does is make a dark story cheap. Like watching a proper horror movie vs a gore movie. You can get proper dark or grimdark  fantasy without the overt cruelty / torture description.

PS: I especially hate it when it comes to animals.

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