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I've made it to the end of the 4 season main story arc of Babylon 5, and I have to say the last season was a huge disappointment. With the company funding the show going bankrupt they had to rush the final season and it really shows. The third season is one of the most amazing seasons I can think of in any show, but season 4 feels rushed, slopply, and incoherent.
Later another company bought the show and had another season produced, but that one is considered infamously bad and I really have no desire to sit through that again.
What a big disappointment.

Writers' Corner / Re: Aphantasia & Writing
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:30:27 AM »
I think when it comes to providing readers with good visuals, the key is to give them just enougj information to construct an image that matches the tone and atmosphere of what you have in mind. Specific details are generally irrelevant.

Make an evocative sketch in 30 seconds instead of spending 5 minutes on each item on the dinner table or the motives stitched into into a characters sleeves.
It everyone is wearing fancy embroided jackets, that's as much information they need. If you have just one character, you can mention that his jacket has motifs of snakes winding down his sleeves, and that's good enough. No need to mention the number of snake heads and the color of their eyes, or the way their shapes curl on the cloth, or how the gold thread glitters in the light.

The reader doesn't have to be able to recreate your mental image. Just a mental image that evokes a similar feel.

Writers' Corner / Re: Aphantasia & Writing
« on: April 02, 2020, 03:19:35 PM »
I'm definitely creating scenes like a cinematographer. I'm just way too lazy to work in film. I'm even too lazy to practice doing concept art to illustrate my stories, even though I think that has great potential with a digital medium.


This should actually work with so many videogame and movie covers.

I'm playing Bloodborne again, working my way through to the hidden bonus boss.

I'd actually want to read stories about glamourless spies and poisoners pulling off believable missions without getting caught by guards.

Hoods have been the visual clue that identifies thieves in D&D illustration all the way back since the 70s.
I assume they got it from Gray Mouser and the hobbits from The Lord of the Rings, but I don't know how often they appeared in pictures before the mid 70s.

Where does this all come from? What makes writing and reading about cool broody people who want to stab people in the heart so hugely popular in recent fantasy?

One hypothesis is that it's simply the old barbarian on a mountain of skulls concept, but without the dumb bodybuilder aesthetic, because that's no longer a desirable image of masculinity.

The idea is cool, stylish people who make a living out of killing lots of people with their amazing fighting skills.

My biggest beef with contemporary fantasy is that it seems that every single protagonist is a teenage assassin. This is obviously not true, but I was wondering how many books there actually are in which the protagonists are assassins or call themselves assassins, or something to that effect.

General Discussion / Re: Free speech (or not) - and some tea
« on: March 03, 2020, 08:29:42 AM »
First off, that isn't a right, people are allowed to hate anyone for any reason. You may dislike me for my opinions on complete freedoms and that's an entirely justified viewpoint. The choice for the victims is whether they fight back or turn the other cheek, either way it's their responsibility to defend themselves.
That sounds absolutely horrible and misanthropic. Might makes right, when you get intentionally hurt it's your own fault.

Fortunately, human society doesn't work that way unless it completely breaks down.

General Discussion / Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
« on: February 26, 2020, 12:55:51 PM »
Somehow I think Elric might have decent potential.
Turns out, there actually is a show in production.

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:46:31 AM »
50,000?! That's a small book.

I did 2,000 yesterday. My best so far.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:06:33 AM »
This is about horror, but still about book covers that absolutely tell you nothing about their content.

General Discussion / Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
« on: February 24, 2020, 09:33:13 AM »
I would like to see a Sword & Sorcery adventures series with a bit of a retro look. Just people with swords and firelight, no huge CGI monsters and laser shows. Somehow I think Elric might have decent potential. Not quite sure if Conan would work.

Something original would obviously best. With a mediterranean or Indian environment and Bronze Age cultural influences. And lots of indirect soft magic where you can't exactly tell when something is a spell or fate, and spirits are working invisibly in the background.

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