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When addressing the origins of YA literature (we’re not talking SFF specific here for now, but bear with me) it all depends from which angle you decide to approach. I think the fact that often what classifies as “young adult” all depends on marketing and how a publisher and audience decide to view a book: [...]
Welcome to the third instalment in this series about little-known monsters (and other assorted creatures) from Classical mythology! This series is intended to shine a bit of light on some fantastical beings you may never have heard of before—or may only know a little about—and which bear parallels to some of the popular beasts of [...]
This is the second instalment of a series in which we explore some of the lesser-known creatures and monsters found in Classical mythology, as many of these fantastical beings have similar counterparts in today’s modern fantasy literature and film. It’s my hope that giving more “screen time” to some of the unique creatures from ancient [...]
This the third article in our Chaotic Champion series. You can read the other articles here: Part One: Introducing the Champion Part Two: The Wandering Hero I started this series of articles with a summary of Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven. This plot is not only a perfect illustration of the Chaotic Champion in general: it [...]
In the previous article we looked at the idea that science destroys magic through encouraging disbelief, and how this has influenced fantasy stories involving magic, folklore and fairies. The first article also explored the idea that modern technology is somehow harmful to magic and magical creatures, and examined how interpretations of this in fantasy can [...]
This is the third article in our Creatures in the Shadows series. You can read the other articles here: Part One – West Africa Part Two – South and East Africa The expansive archipelago between South East Asia and Australia has been variously called over the centuries; Nusantara, Malay Archipelago, East Indies, Maritime South East [...]