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It depends on how far you want to go with the periodic table.
If the magic users could only control certain elements, then you would really have to think about what objects contain what, what does this element do, etc. After that, you would have to get the reader to somehow juggle this in his head.
Or, you could just completely come up with brand new stuff that is unrelated to the control of the elements, and pull a Mistbourne but on a larger scale.
Either way, it would be tough and, in my opinion, not worth the time. I love science, but not that much.

If they reboot Spider-man again I might have to punch somebody.
I really hope this prompts fox to allow the same with X-Men.
So question. Is the Fantastic Four reboot not covered under Marvel? Because they play a big part in Civil War as well. If not, then they should join the club.

Hell yes on the spider-man reboot.  I will boycott another reboot.  Just enough, at least for now.  If at some point down the line they want to reboot for Miles, that might be cool; especially if his origin story is pretty different from Peter's.  One of the things that got me most excited about the new FF4 movie was that they were making changes to the origin story (and the tone of the trailer was great!).  If you're gonna reboot, go on and change it.  I could care less about what the comic does, just make a good movie that doesn't bore me because it's a slightly different rehash of something I've seen before just 5 years ago.  Same goes for a Batman reboot anytime in the next 20 years.
It would have to look absolutely amazing in order for me to go see a Batman reboot. The last movies did such a good job. I felt more like I was watching a book play out on a screen. The plot was fantastic!

So here's all the TV shows I actively keep up with at the moment.
The Blacklist
This show blows my mind, simply because it works to defy a lot of the clichets of these different case every week with a bigger plot going on in the background shows. Plus, the characters are so interesting!
Doctor Who
How could I not?
Batman is pretty much the only person I like from the DC universe, so it's not too surprising that I like this show. Although to be fair, I haven't seen Arrow yet.
The Big Bang Theory
Again, how could I not?
This show just started last week, and I like the direction it's going, but that could change quickly.
The Following
Just another awesome show. Can't wait for season 3 in March!
Another good show. Season 1 was way better than season 2, but with the way it ended, I'm excited for the 3rd season this summer.
That's pretty much all I can think of.

I always thought fire is the most rubbish. All it can do is burn stuff.
Indeed. Outside of the implied immunity to certain levels of heat and smoke inhalation that naturally come with that magic (unless you have the bad luck of being in a deconstructionist fantasy), fire's always struck me as being pretty one note. I mean, compare some of the potential uses of the other elements...

Water: The sheer force of a tidal wave, the ability to purify dirty water (potential life-saving in a medieval world), the ability to suck moisture out of... pretty much anything (plant-life, ground, people, the atmosphere) and, if the rules are loose enough, the ability to control things like blood, ice or clouds. Also, you can create bubbles. Everyone loves bubbles.

Air: Obviously the ability to create tornado-esque winds but, if you pay attention to your environment, you can mix it with other elements to make fun combinations. In a desert? Sandstorm. In the ocean? Hurricane-level waves. Heck, you pay attention to your types of clouds, you can manipulate the weather and create thunderstorms, snowstorms, rain, etc. Or, alternately, nothing. Create a vacuum. Suffocate your opponent. Fire needs oxygen to survive so you can smother a fire mage's flames before they can get going. Heck, understand how to use your air to fan the flames correctly and you can have a similar level of control to fire-mages.

Earth: My personal favourite and one I consider underused in fantasy. Open up a pit beneath your opponent's feet. Close the pit. You win. Create spikes from the ground if you want something messier. Heck, earth is the only elemental magic (except possibly ice) with a solid form. You can construct nearly anything. (In hindsight, probably the main reason it's not used very often). Your only major weakness is that it's difficult to hit airborn foes. But they have to come down eventually. Or you could just lob a boulder at them, I suppose. And if you have loose rules about what constitutes earth, you've got the potential to control things like metal, sand, mud, concrete or even dust or magma (although the latter is probably more fire's domain). It even has smaller practical uses. Use it to treat farming soil. Create sculptures or buildings. You could build an entire city in less than a week. So yeah, earth magic rocks (pun entirely intended).

Okay, I may have gotten a bit carried away there, but you get the idea. Honestly, there's a lot of fun stuff you can do with elemental magic which most fantasies I've seen don't tend to bother trying. I guess that's probably why people get fatigued with them. That and the constant focus on fire, which I consider the least interesting and complex of the four.
This is true enough. I haven't read a lot of books where they use magic so creatively. I think Myke Coal's Shadow Ops trilogy does, but that story didn't draw me in for some reason.

If they reboot Spider-man again I might have to punch somebody.
I really hope this prompts fox to allow the same with X-Men.
So question. Is the Fantastic Four reboot not covered under Marvel? Because they play a big part in Civil War as well. If not, then they should join the club.

Introductions / Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
« on: February 08, 2015, 05:35:35 PM »
I'm new here myself as well, and I haven't read the Q&A yet. I probably should get to that at some point.
I don't think you'll have any trouble finding people on here that are just like you. My first couple of days looking at this website I found a forum thread that made me so happy, because I realized I wasn't alone.

My first fantasy was Harry Potter when I was 8 or 9. I didn't read much fantasy after that for the next 5 or 6 years, except for the Inheritance Cycle.
To be honest, what really got me into fantasy was The Demon Wars Saga by R. A. Salvatore. There's a company out there called Graphic Audio that dramatizes books. I had been reading a si-fi series called Doomsday Warrior when the advertisement for Demon Wars caught my eye. From Demon Wars I saw an advertisement for The Night Angel Trilogy, which is awesome! A few Graphic Audio Series later I stumbled upon The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett. And then The Light Bringer Saga by Brent Weeks, which is my favorite fantasy series.
The United States has a library for blind people that makes books available for download in a specialized format. I jumped right on that and continued my plunge into the Fantasy genre. I've been trying to read all the popular stuff so that I can participate in more discussions, which at first seemed hard, until I finished climbing the Game of Thrones mountain. Now every book seems like a piece of cake.

I can't stand when magic isn't explained, because it allows for wizards to just use it whenever they get into a tight spot, or not be able to use it because the author doesn't want to make the solution too easy.
My favorite magic system ever is in Brent Weeks' Light Bringer Saga. I just love how they have to use their imaginations and create something to get them out of a situation. Throughout the series, we see countless times that you can be really powerful, but that means nothing if you not only don't know how magic works, but have no creativity.
Is it just me, or are the elemental magic systems getting a bit old? I feel like the power to summon water, fire, air, and all that other wonderful natural stuff is overused.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: I hate poetry
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:48:35 AM »
I agree for the most part. I can't stand the majority of poetry.
However, there are two exceptions to this. The first is the Mortalis poem in The Demon Wars Saga. For some reason, it just connected with me. The second, and I'm not sure if you would consider this fantasy or not, is Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee. It gave me chills.
Otherwise, I can't stand them. I understand they have a purpose, but I would rather read a paragraph about a world than read a poem or song about it.

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner.
This book was amazing. Not only do I love the Virtual Reality concept of this series, but it has wonderful confrontations throughout the book, as well as an awesome plot twist as the end. The Mortality Doctrine series has secured Dashner as my second favorite author.
Gunner Scale by James Dashner.
This is a quick 30-page Prequel to the Mortality Doctrine, and I'm surprised that even for a short story, it managed to shock me at the end.
The First 3 Mortal Instruments Books: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass.
When I started this series, I thought it was pretty good. I was disappointed that guns hadn't been integrated into this magical world, but it wasn't a huge deal. The second book was full of nice little plot twists. Nothing too surprising, but good enough to make me read the third one. Which was an utter disappointment. It ended in such a clichet way it made me angry. I saw what was going to happen and watched it play out over the last 70 pages. So, after that, I decided to not go forward.
The Shadow Ops Trilogy by Myke Cole.
This series was very interesting to me. With the first book, Control Point, it was obvious to me that this book was what I call a "training" novel, where you along with the character are taught about how magic works, as well as given important information about the world. The sequel, Fortress Frontier, was a bit better, mainly because of a character introduced by the name of Sculptor, that shocked me a couple of times. The final installment, Breach Zone, was pretty interesting as well, but no serious plot twists that caught me off guard. I'm actually surprised it made it to number 6 on the Top Fantasy Books of 2014.
That's all I've got.

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