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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: November 26, 2015, 04:25:29 AM »
Now, before I propose this question, let me be clear. Mainstream doesn't necessarily mean there's a film adaptation. It means the books have been insanely successful, appearing in the top 10 list of the New York Times Bestseller List. Or somewhere around there.
I would like to gather other people's thoughts on this. It seems that, for books that have been adopted by the public, a lot of criticism comes out of the Fantasy community. There are exceptions of course, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones instantly jumping to mind. But what about the rest?
Maybe this is just me feeling like some of the best series out there are being picked on. I won't deny that it's part of it. Maybe I'm only seeing the negativity because those people are the most vocal. But, through your own observations, do you find this to be the case?
Of course, I'm asking this to the Fantasy community, who I'm accusing of doing this. So maybe the question is, out of all the books mainstreamed by society, how many of those are deserving? Why or why not?
Feel free to answer either or both of those questions below.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Captain America Civil War
« on: November 25, 2015, 05:49:24 AM »
This just came out a bit ago. Feel free to list your thoughts below.
My main one is this. For the whole registration conflict to spark up over Captain America trying to protect the Winter Soldier? Unless something terribly, terribly wrong happens in his attempt, I don't see how this could be the event that sparks it. I mean, a whole city falls out of the sky in Avengers 2, and The Hulk goes crazy at one point. Shouldn't that be the main focus?
I have a lot of faith in Marvel, so I'm sure however they handle it things will turn out good. But Civil War is a very delicate thing. I hope the trend of awesomeness continues.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Mockingjay Part 2
« on: November 21, 2015, 10:04:35 PM »
I just saw Mockingjay Part 2 today with a friend who also read the books.
We both think it was amazing, and stayed relatively close to the books!
The only things that were changed were the battle simulations were cut out, and the way she got to the capitol. Everything else that was different was added.
So, if you haven't seen it yet, go do so! And if you have, feel free to share your thoughts below.
I didn't give any spoilers in this first post on purpose. However, you can safely assume that this thread will fill with them. So, in other words, you've been warned.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Heroes Reborn
« on: September 05, 2015, 08:05:45 PM »
I heard about this a while ago, after I had finished watching the original series, but forgot all about it. And, from the trailer, I'm excited!
I don't think it will be better than the original, but still. With the return of some of my favorite characters, it's definitely worth it.
So what do you guys think? Will you be watching this series?

General Discussion / The Definition of "Good Literature"
« on: August 31, 2015, 04:23:58 PM »
I'm not sure if this has been done before, but I've been inspired. What is your definition of good literature? What separates it from mediocre or "literary trash".
Type away!

General Discussion / Furious 7
« on: April 06, 2015, 02:54:48 PM »
I went to go see Furious 7 last weekend, and overall it was amazing! I would say it's just as good if not slightly better than Fast and Furious 6.
I'm surprised how well James Juan directed the film. He's mainly directed horror movies like The Conjuring, so this was his first action movie. In past movies, if a car got knocked off a cliff or wrecked, you never saw the end result. You just knew it was screwed and moved on. Juan made a point of showing what happened to the wrecked vehicle, as well as pointing out how the action scenes interacted with the world around them.
I would say this movie focuses less on the races, and has more stunts. Mainly falling, falling, falling... Did I mention falling?
Still, you would think that gets old after a while. After the first couple of scenes where cars fell a few times, I figured it would lose it's dramatic and simply epic effect. It didn't.
At the end of the movie, I felt like the last "battle scene" could have been cut short a bit. It came off as someone saying, "Let's find extravagant ways to kill people."
For those that don't know, this was Paul Walker's last major film. He died in a car crash in late 2013, and they hadn't completely finished filming yet. But they still pulled it off. For all the parts they hadn't filmed, they created a digital Paul Walker, and had his two brothers help out as well. And at the end of the movie, they did a fantastic tribute to him.
Hopefully they don't go on to Fast and Furious 8. They connected the first and last movie together, so it feels like it went full circle. It's the end of the road.
So if you're a fan of the Fast and Furious series, go see it now! I highly doubt you'll be disappointed. And, if you're reading this post and have already seen it, then please share your thoughts below. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch the movie and then come back.

So, in case it isn't obvious, this is going to have spoilers. You've been warned.

Maybe I'm going crazy. But at the end of Firefight, where's Tia? You see Exel and Val's fate, but what about Tia's? Dawnslight only sent messages to Mizzy. Did he forget about Tia too? And how come Mizzy doesn't even ask where she is? Even if I am going crazy, I don't think she would know.
Does anyone else notice this? Or did I miss a vital part of the book? Is this supposed to be part of the cliffhanger for the next book, Calamity?

General Discussion / Kingsman: The Secret Service
« on: February 15, 2015, 08:09:31 PM »
If you don't know this already, it's opening weekend for this movie!
I just saw it today, and I'm curious to get other opinions on this film.
I really liked it. It kept all the good stuff from the spy movies, and took out all the annoying clichets. It had nice action scenes, good plot twists but nothing shocking, and nice humor.
So what do you think? Give your opinions below!

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