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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / GREY HEROES
« on: May 17, 2014, 11:29:43 AM »
When I was about 8 years, all my fantasy heroes were white...as in simply good, always doing the right thing and winning my heart. Mind you I still love my Aragorn in Lord of the Rings and so on. But I got older and the world evolved. I desired my hero to be human and as humans we are just grey...good and bad and circumstances force us into evil. I have to say as we speak there are so many grey characters but for me Tyrion Lannister and Jorg Ancarath take the cup...What do you think? Are grey heroes the real deal or might we soon end up with the Aragorns and King Arthurs of our toddler days.

General Discussion / Epic Music and Fantasy
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:01:26 PM »
Here I go again...I believe that Epic music is another part of Fantasy...whether it is writing or visual...do you agree

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Books you are waiting for???
« on: April 27, 2014, 06:50:52 PM »
And then GRRM gave us a sample chapter from Winds of Winter...I think that this is just making us more anxious

There are actually a few sample chapters on his site right now to whet your appetite even more  ;D

As for me I've decided to only read completed series (thank you GRRM), so I'm just hoping Rothfus, sanderson, and Abraham finish their current main series soon so I can start kingkiller, way of kings, and dagger and coin asap !
good luck waiting! ;) while Sanderson is an extremely fast writer, his series isn't even a quarter done. It's his Magnus Opus, so expect a waiting time of at least 6-10 years...
That much I understand, I only hope that the TV series forces the man to do something about his pace. Sanderson is more reliable as of now, that is why I can read his books with a complete heart knowing 2 maybe 3 years at most for a wait

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Covers
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:51:22 AM »
It gets me thinking, for SFF the story, narrative and style are half the work, the rest is the cover artwork. Do you agree or not?

I have to disagree with you there!  While there are some amazing covers out there (I always found myself transported by the old school fantasy and magic of Patricia A. McKillip's book covers when I was younger), I believe the power of the story lies with the narrative.  The cover art is a supplement, someone's visual interpretation of the story within...  Without that story, the cover wouldn't exist.  "Half" is a bit much for me.  Maybe 15%.  ;)
I think that sometimes, if you put out the fact that you know the author...the reason you pick up the book in a book store is because, you have liked the cover in one way or another...and I do think the cover does play some sort of role in why you're reading the book...the percentages might vary from person to person. And unless a book has been heavily recommended to me, I will have to like your cover to think about reading the back cover of your book and see whether I will read your book.
I am a total sucker for a good book cover... three of my favourite series I picked up because of the covers:

Trudi Canavan's Magician's Guild

Brent Week's The Night Angel Trilogy

Peter V. Brett's The Painted Man

However, two of the books I've enjoyed the least I also picked up simply because of their covers:

Paul Hoffman's The Left Hand of God

Lev Grossman's The Magicians
And yes...a hooded (wo)man has some mystery to him/her. And I have to agree...your best choices and worst choices are sometimes down to the cover

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: NOAH
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:45:08 AM »
Whatever your feelings on the source material (which is way more than the Bible, there is some significant parts taken from "non-canonical" books),  Noah is a fantasy film.  What people believe or don't believe doesn't change the fact that this is a movie about an impending magically-produced disaster that includes stuff like rock giants and flaming swords. It's fantasy, it's just fantasy some people believe in.  It's like De Mille's Ten Commandments or really most of the 1950s epics that this film resembles.  (Also I wonder if there would be the same controversy over a movie based on say Hindu or Shinto mythology)

As soon as my husband and I walked out of the theater we said exactly the same thing about Hindu mythology in films.  No, there would not be a big controversy, or even a little one.  Hindu religious stories are full of magic.  No one cares if its exactly the way it "really" happened in one rendition or another, and the more fantastical, the better.  And believe me, Bollywood likes and uses the material.  Repeatedly.  But I think religious viewers of Noah may not be used to seeing the story interpreted in this way, and as such, may take offense.   

I agree...but if you're some that likes a good fantasy or something close to it, Noah is actually a good movie to watch. But that is my humble opinion and I am one in more than a billion people

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Covers
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:47:02 PM »
Yes...all true...but sometimes a cover can make you like a book even when you have no idea what it is about. It is not saying that you will read a book because of the cover. What I mean to say is that a cover more often than not makes you pick up the book and read either its description at the back or at least the first few pages before you decide you really want to read it.

And true SFF has very many similar covers, but of late there are some different covers coming into the mix

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Top Manga / Anime?
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:07:36 PM »
Attack on Titan joined Bleach, Fairy Tail, Death Note and Full Metal Alchemist to me...

I would love to see the Silmarillion on the screen. But also, who would not want to see Jorg on screen...after all we have seen Katnis Everdeen and she is the same age as Jorg in the books...so, why not?

Believe me, I am so excited. The news that there will be a season 5 and 6 made me even happier. But the only down side is the hope that GRRM might not work according to the series' speed..

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / NOAH
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:02:01 PM »
I watched it. I liked it loads. Then I wonder...if you put the bible and religion out of the equation does Noah become SFF?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Book Covers
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:58:13 PM »
Let me be honest. There are a number of great books out there. But a great book is not just its content. Many times I find myself staring at my Prince, King or Emperor of Thorns book covers. That was some amazing work right there. It gets me thinking, for SFF the story, narrative and style are half the work, the rest is the cover artwork. Do you agree or not?

PS: Feel free to mention some amazing covers that have inspired you to read a book...

@Sa5muelSB  ;D

Open For Submissions / Re: Angry Robot - Open Door 2013
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:28:34 PM »
I actually sent mine in last year as soon as I saw this. Anyway, I think they have a large pile and I just hope they will reply soon.  :-\ Being an author/writer is difficult mostly the waiting game to know if the publisher liked your stuff or not

I fear it will be not worth it...

There is so much potential here. Believe you me there is great great stuff. I do not know if this man's classics term as SFF, but Ridder Haggard's books about a one Alan Quartermain are amazing

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