I read Terry Brooks‘ Shannara novels years ago when I was just a teeny tiny girl. I still have vague memories of the Elfstones and the Wishsong. I also just recently discovered the television series on MTV. And now I am passing this video of him giving a TED talk to you. 🙂 “Why I Write about Elves” is a great talk and a wonderful glimpse into his love of genre fiction.
Well, I’m up not sleeping so thought I’d get an early post up for Saturday. Guess, what, it would seem that the underlying reasons for my own insomnia are not too unusual. Though rather than ideas for a screenplay, I also have ideas for novels running through my brain. Usually naked. What? I’m sure you’re just the same 😉
“For the nights when counting sheep doesn’t help.” Cartoon by Roz Chast of the New Yorker.
I don’t want to make this an overly complicated or deep post. Mostly this is just set-up for this week’s discussion on “Hybrid Genres.” Below is an interesting and thought-provoking “map” of genre fiction and all of its attendant subgenres. You may be aware of more subgroups or disagree with the categorization but it does make you consider exactly what is it you are writing/reading.
Opening last month (July), this exhibit on Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 at the American History Museum
(12th and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC) explores the intersecting influences of science, innovation, industry, and the Victorian creative imagination through books from the Smithsonian Libraries and selected historical objects.
The industrial revolution and its attendant advances in science and art paved the way for a period of dramatic change in America and Europe. The public was enthralled by the rapid invention and scientific discoveries that characterized the age. Science became spectacle, and such literary luminaries as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and Edgar Allan Poe responded, crafting fiction that explored the farthest reaches of the new scientific landscape and the startling possibilities this new knowledge uncovered.
For those of you who cannot partake of this in person here in Washington, DC, they have a fascinating online exhibit broken into 7 separate areas:
- Terra Incognita – Adventure and Exploration: To the Far Reaches of the World
- The Age of Aeronaut – The Dawn of Flight
- Infinite Worlds – Exploring the Universe and Seeking Extraterrestrial Life
- The Body Electric – Inspiring Frankenstein
- Rise of the Machines – Technology Comes to Life
- Sea Change – Underwater Worlds: Fathoming the Deep
- Underworld – Fossils and Geology: What Lies Beneath?
Also, their blog has a great collection of posts relevant to “Fantastic Worlds,” history, science, technology, fiction, and adventure.
From: http://goodticklebrain.com/home/2016/4/18/which-shakespeare-play-should-i-see-an-illustrated-flowchart. Mya Gosling has some amazing Shakespearian comics you MUST read.
I think the one below is pretty self-explanatory. 😉
A friend sent this so I’m not quite sure if/where there may be an accompanying article. Regardless, it does give one pause for thought.