genre epic

listen don’t get me wrong i love epic fantasy and sci-fi but it is very very important to me that we get fantasy & sci-fi on a smaller scale as well. i’m tired of reading about the Special Person Who Will Save The World. that’s not relateable. i want to hear more stories about bit players on the world stage! a traveling theatre troupe of goblins struggling to write a new play, two rival families of smugglers living on the same space station transport hub, a rom-com about a young hedge witch, a coming-of-age story about a dryad

give me more weird clever small stories

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We’re reading the Odyssey in my world lit class. I wrote a bit in the discussion board on the nature of the interactions between Athena and Odysseus (she’s championing his cause, amused with him/’this is my human and he will be my human’, as patron goddess of warcraft and strategy, he’s kind of uniquely hers, etc.). This post was well informed, based firmly in the text, in Greek mythology as a whole, and in the tropes of the epic genre.



Not one, but two people commented back, fucking told me I was wrong, and tried to strong-arm the text into proving their pet points……….that Athena’s real motivation, from page one, is to try and get in Odysseus’s pants, and that Odysseus is friendzoning her.

Can I say that again? They literally argued with me and tried to prove that Athena (Athena! - you know, vow-of-virginity, spurns the attentions of any man who comes near her, Athena) wants to fuck Odysseus and that’s the central plot of the epic.

Can I crawl under a rock and stay there forever?

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Late fall 2014 I was going through a dark period and I read nearly 50k+ words of Merthur fic a day. So because someone asked (whybecauselogic) long ago, and because I appreciate these works so much for haven gotten me through that time, here’s my merthur rex. Most are novels! Happy FFWA, all you writers out there!

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canon era:

stars above, stone below by destina

words: 46,843 | rating: explicit | genre: romance
summary: After the disastrous end of his betrothal to Gwen and the regret of his offer to Princess Mithian, Arthur swears off finding a wife until he’s ready to wed. When Merlin offers himself to Arthur as bedmate, Arthur suggests they hand-fast in secret for a single year of mutual pleasure without obligation. As their year together unfolds, and secrets and betrayals unravel around them, Arthur and Merlin learn there is no such thing as uncomplicated pleasure. Everything they thought they knew can change in the span of a single year.

para bellum by destina

words: 51,464  | rating: explicit | genre: romance/est relationship
summary: After Merlin goes missing, Arthur forges new alliances to repel a deadly threat to Camelot. Nothing will stop Arthur from finding Merlin, and nothing will stop Merlin from protecting Arthur – no matter the cost.

seven magpies by syllic

words: 33,448 | rating: explicit | genre: romance
summary: Arthur opened his eyes a minute later to the sight of seven magpies streaking across the top of the clearing, their shapes dark against the white clouds and the muted grey of the sky. He tried to remember what it was that seven magpies meant—he’d had a nurse who had sung the rhyme to him as a child—but couldn’t. Arthur wakes up somewhere he doesn’t recognise, but where he clearly belongs.

in want of a wife by syllic

words: 43,209 | rating: explicit | genre: romance
summary: uther intends marry off arthur, so arthur takes it as his chance at a bit of freedom before he is to be married.  (my summary not the authors)

the knights have a thousand eyes by stakeaclaim

words: 73,565 | rating: general | genre: friendship/romance
summary: In which Arthur is out of sorts. His manservant leaves a lot to be desired, Morgana is scary, Merlin’s ‘luck’ is becoming too noticeable, his knights need to learn some lessons, and they’re beginning to act very strangely. Arthur blames Merlin.

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The signs as book genres
  • Aries: Adventure, Action, Epic
  • Taurus: Cooking and Recipes, Romance
  • Gemini: Books criticizing society, Satirical, Comics
  • Cancer: Romance, Drama, Biography
  • Leo: Drama, Novel, Classics
  • Virgo: Crime, Contemporary
  • Libra: Chick-lit, Art, Mythology
  • Scorpio: Mystery, Crime, Paranormal, Thriller
  • Sagittarius: Adventure, Spiritual, Travel
  • Capricorn: Historical, Economics, Politics (opinion books)
  • Aquarius: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Futuristic
  • Pisces: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Poetry

anonymous asked:

Hello ! Sorry to bother you, but as you've probably already read a tenth of the books present on Earth (or maybe more who knows hahaha ^^) I was wondering what are your favorite books in the category romance, young adult and fantastic/fantasy (all at once) and that you would absolutely advise to someone please ^^ ?

I only really read books of the (usually High/Epic) fantasy genre (presently) so I’m not sure where they’d fall in your want of romance. Surprisingly, I’ve read so many books that most of their titles and authors have been forgotten hahaha. Also, I had multiple series’ that I liked a lot when I was 16 but went back to them in my 20s and found the writing less enjoyable. It’s only in the past few years that I started devoting more time to reading again. I’ll give a list of my recent conquests (over the past two years) for you to check out. Ranging from adult to young adult, all with romance in them. There aren’t many because one of the listed titles that I read has a LOT of books. Haha.

Sword of Truth series - Terry Goodkind.

Massive series. 17 books, if I recall right. It took me about 6-7 months to get through them all and I’m a very fast reader. I mean, seriously, you need to dedicate a lot of time and patience to these books. I love Kahlan and Richard. Sometimes the dialogue is a little preachy and Goodkind repeats information, but I love the characters and some of the stories were really captivating. Quite dark at some points, though. So be warned. They definitely have the romance you’re wanting.

The Black Magician trilogy - Trudi Canavan.

Loved everything about these books. Slum girl finds her way into a magician’s guild and does her damndest to make sure poor people aren’t treated like crap. The story takes on a great turn. I love it. Great characters. Interesting world. Tackles homosexuality, racism, etc. Follows a few perspectives that are all interesting and unique. Also, gay couple that doesn’t end in a tragic death for one of them.

The Traitor Spy Trilogy - Trudi Canavan.

Sequel to The Black Magician trilogy. I’m on the last book and absolutely loving every second of it. Canavan has really nice writing and I plan to read her other books. Including the stand-alone prequel to these stories. Easy to follow but still pretty and creative. She uses “wry smile” a lot. Hahahaha.

A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin.

Not exactly YA but Martin’s writing is bewitching. Honestly, it’s so gorgeous and totally worth the read. I know the series isn’t completed but I don’t care. The writing is THAT good.

Check out Robin Hobb too. I have a few books of hers that I haven’t finished yet (I can’t really stand reading first person) but the writing is nice.

I don’t usually look in the YA section, though. Or in the teens. I generally stumble upon books by accident. Usually in the A-Z author section or sci-fi / fantasy section. My list is also short because I hate first person perspective and for some reason YA authors flock to it. XD

As a sidenote: I read all the books in the school library before I left primary school and was gifted a certificate before I turned ten for being a bookworm. Lmao.

On Tolkien, alignment, and shadows

[Tolkien’s] villains are orcs and Black Riders (goblins and zombies: mythic figures) and Sauron, the Dark Lord, who is never seen and has no suggestion of humanity about him. These are not evil men, but the embodiments of evil in men, universal symbols of the hateful. The men who do wrong are not complete figures, but complements: Saruman is Gandal’s dark-self, Boromir Aragorn’s; Wormtonge is, almost literally, the weakness of King Théoden. There remains the wonderfully repulsive and degraded Gollum. But nobody who reads the trilogy hates, or is asked to hate, Gollum. Gollum is Frodo’s shadow; and it is the shadow, not the hero, who achieves the quest. Though Tolkien seems to project evil into ‘the others,’ they are not truly others but ourselves; he is utterly clear about this.

~ Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Child and the Shadow”

This wonderful quote is actually relevant to the concept of alignment and, IMHO, the epic fail thereof where evil races are concerned. When they are essentially symbols, creatures of myth, or reflections of ourselves and our dark side, it’s absolutely fine to portray them summarily as evil. (Example: red dragons, unnamed goblins in a dungeoncrawl).

But when the game ventures beyond mindless hack-and-slash, the orc becomes an actual character, an individual. And when the lens focuses even a little on goblins as a humanoid society, who raid and pillage (like humans do…), but also try to raise their young, and survive, and expand - then what exactly differentiates them from the barbarian’s own tribe? You know, the one inspired by Vikings, which may occasionally be described as “savage” but never as inherently evil?

Nothing at all, other than the fact that Vikings are “cool”, while goblins have green skin and fangs and we don’t. But once you take a good look at evil races, they are not symbols anymore. They’re people. People branded with the mark of Cain just so that adventurers can kill them with a crystal clear conscience, and no consequences whatsoever. How… barbaric.


And then there’s this line: it is the shadow, not the hero, who achieves the quest.

This is one of the crucial unconventional elements that Tolkien inserted in an otherwise conventional story. You don’t see that every day, do you? And if you take out these elements, what’s left is rather bland, to be honest. For example, imagine someone like Aragorn being the ringbearer, the Chosen Hero of Royal Lineage instead of the everyman that Frodo is. How boring that would be…

(Sadly, some of Tolkien’s imitators missed all that, and that’s how we ended up with that soup of epic fantasy genre, worthy of deconstruction only. But that’s another discussion.)

P.S. Ursula Le Guin is, of course, a literary giant, and her science fiction and fantasy works need no introduction. But she’s also a fantastic critic, and often comments on the genre with tremendous wit and insight. I heartily recommend The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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“The War of 1996″ - A United World News Special [source]

The world has changed, and so have we.  See how far Earth has come since the War of 1996, in this special report from UWN.

We always knew they were coming back.  After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale.  Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet.  But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force.  Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE - In Theaters June 24, 2016

I’d expected running parts of the original film through a filter to make them look like actual “footage” taken in 1996.  I did not expect stock footage of actual world leaders repurposed into this alternate history.

The Zodiac Signs as Literary Genres
  • Aries: Epic Fantasy
  • Taurus: Paranormal Romance
  • Gemini: Dystopian Fiction
  • Cancer: Southern Gothic
  • Leo: Steampunk
  • Virgo: Fantastic Noir (Occult Detective)
  • Libra: Alternate History (Gaslamp)
  • Scorpio: Post Apocalypse
  • Sagittarius: Horror Fantasy
  • Capricorn: Weird Western Fiction
  • Aquarius: Science Fiction
  • Pisces: Urban Fantasy

elrondsscribe  asked:

Hi! I'm a fanfic author working on a LotR Glorfindel-as-an-Avenger crossover, and I was wondering whether a staff, spear, or battleaxe would be the best choice of weapon (of course I know that the way the Avengers fight isn't realistic!). Obviously I can't use a bow, hammer/club, shield, guns, or batons because the other Avengers already use those. I know this is a wacky question, so I understand if there's no good answer.

Actually, there’s a pretty good answer: Glorfindel’s sword, Laure (”Golden Light”) is the weapon he should be wielding. It is his second sword, the first was lost in battle with a Balrog during the First Age, and the weapon he carried when he brought Frodo to Rivendell in The Fellowship of the Ring.

Give him the sword he used when he went toe to toe with the Nazghul.

(I know I just sent some hardcore Tolkienite into a rage there for not including the proper characters on the ‘e’. I’m sorry, all I ask is that we not ask me to figure out how to do it in Tumblr’s askbox. )

It’s important to remember that Tolkien was writing myth when he wrote Lord of the Rings, he believed that all the world’s good literature ended with Beowulf. Tolkien structures his narrative and his characters (yes, all of them) around that style of storytelling. A style more akin to say, Norse Myth than it is to most of what you’ll find in the general fantasy section of your bookstore. For one of the founders of the epic fantasy genre, very few fantasy authors actually write like Tolkien.

When you’re working with any of his characters, it’s important to take that into account. The named weapons, especially the swords, are a huge deal in Western European mythological tradition. The characters themselves are more archetype than individual in the classic sense of characterization, they are intended to be larger than life. (In this way, a Marvel/LoTR crossover is not as odd as it might seem at first glance.) The swords act as symbols, communicating a vast amount of information to the reader about who these characters are supposed to be, how we’re supposed to perceive them, and what their place in the narrative is.

In European myth, the sword itself is not by itself a symbol in the same way that the katana is for the Japanese. Rather, because swords were common, specific swords become a means of denoting importance. The named swords, from the purely legendary ones like Excalibur to the real life swords carried by Kings, Lords, and famous retainers like Charlemagne’s Joyeuse and (the ironically more famous) Durendal (’Endure’) carried by his paladin Roland.

It’s so crazy and important in myth that Beowulf’s sword Hrunting, carried into battle against Grendel’s mother and lent to him by Unferth, gets its own Wikipedia entry.

These swords have their own lineage, history, and stories behind them. How they were gotten. What their names are. Who made them. Who handed them out. What battles they fought in.

“This is my sword.”

Or:

“This is Frost, named by the Seven Singing monks in the valley of the Black Mountain, gifted to my father Omar Strongjaw by King Redovir for his service in the War of Five Blades, and borne into battle against the giant Gorim Longtooth.”

It’s the epic’s way of saying, “Hey, in case you weren’t clear, THIS GUY IS IMPORTANT.”

Tolkien adores this trope, almost every single important character (and probably even the unimportant ones) are going to have a sword or a bow like this, with a name, and the weapon itself has a history equivalent to the one who wields it. Just like Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. And it should be pointed out that the legendary/mythical Thor (not to be confused with Marvel’s Thor) is one of the inspirations for all this in the first place.

Do the elves hold a similar narrative position to Marvel’s Asgardians?

Yes, they do.

Tolkien gave his characters the weapons he did for a reason. Aragorn is the obvious go to with Narsil as the Excalibur stand-in to point out that he will be king, but Legolas’ bow, Frodo/Bilbo’s Sting, and Gimli’s axe are all subtle to not so subtle narrative tells communicating information to the audience about who these characters are.

I mean, honestly, they’re so recognizable as archetypes that we have an entire array of DnD classes based on them.

It’s so specific in its intent that these characters cannot have their weapons switched out without changing the substructure of how we as the audience are supposed to see them as their presentation hinges on a subconscious understanding of how Western European myth functions. They are bound up in their weapons and their weapons are bound up in them.

It’s as signature as a signature weapon gets.

Don’t think about it in terms of effectiveness but rather storytelling significance. If you want to do research outside of Tolkien for your LoTR characters, I recommend the classics and Tolkien’s classics only aka Beowulf, Gilgamesh, Norse Myth, The Welsh Triads (Mabinogion), etc. What he drew from to create his own myth.

Also, trust that Tolkien understood myth and how to draw out those storytelling qualities to create mythological characters within the consciousness of the modern reader better than you or I ever will. He was a Cambridge Professor, myth was both his passion and his job.

Take the opportunity of playing in Tolkien’s playground (especially in adaptation) to get into the nuts and bolts of how he worked. Why his characters worked and why they are so enduring in our consciousness.

If you get stuck, Joseph Campbell (beyond The Hero With A Thousand Faces) might be helpful in unpacking the mythic tropes that Tolkien mastered, what they mean to the human psyche, and why these themes so captivate our imaginations.

And if you ever have any question about what weapon a Tolkien character should wield, always check what their canonical weapon is first. It may be difficult to track down, but that’s what the thousands of Tolkien scholars on the internet are for! The beautiful thing about Tolkien’s popularity is that if you don’t know, someone else probably does and will expound upon it at length, in great detail, until all you want is for them to go away.

Happy writing!

-Michi

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Hate, Fear, And Anti-shipping Leads to the Dark Side

Originally posted by unova-queen

Seriously, guys, all these wonderful ships to choose from and you just choose to be salty.

I just got sucked into Reylo (after sampling pretty much ever other ship), and I’m surprised at the level of vitriol I’ve found. Some of the most insidious bullshit I’m seeing is that Reylo is celebrating abuse.

So let’s deconstruct the relationship of Kylo and Rey, the text and subtext, the wider cultural context, and let’s be really honest with ourselves. As someone who has survived abuse, I see what the antis could be getting at, but what’s more important is what they’re wilfully ignoring.

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168HR FIC FEST RESULTS

Clone Club has spoken and obcrack has chosen!

Here are the results for the obfrankenfics 168 Hour Fic Festival. All participating writers must have these elements in their fics:

  1. Prop: A Polaroid Camera with only 5 negatives left - submitted by 324b213
  2. Dialogue: “We’re going to do an experiment” submitted by maryvancity
  3. Assigned Genre
  4. Assigned Location

- thatscomplex | Genre: Adventure/Superhero | Location: Queens, NY

- xthetumblweedx & crazylabscience | Genre: Crime/Gangster | Location: Downtown Las Vegas

- thecirclesquare | Genre: Magical Realism | Location: Field of Daisies

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Star Wars is finally here, so how about a little excitement for another one of J.J. Abrams upcoming projects? The 2016 Sundance Film Festival will be hosting a two-hour premiere of 11.22.63, a nine-hour Hulu original series based on an alternative history thriller by Stephen King. 

11.22.63 / U.S.A. (Director: Kevin Macdonald, Screenwriter: Bridget Carpenter, Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Kevin Macdonald, Bridget Carpenter, Bryan Burk) — On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy was killed, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Take a journey to find out in this genre-busting, epic new nine-hour event series. The Festival will debut the two-hour premiere of the series, followed by an extended Q&A. Cast: James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Daniel Webber, George MacKay, Josh Duhamel, Chris Cooper.

Film Stills by Alex Dukay, Sven Frenzel, and Ben Mark Holzberg

Fare Thee Well Robbie Thompson

So with 11x20 having aired Supernatural and its fans and cast now apparently says goodbye to one of its best writers. According to tweets from himself and other writers Robbie Thompson is leaving the show on the beautiful and heartwrenching bang that was “Don’t Call Me Shurley”. He is the writer who brought the fans Charlie and brought back the Samulet. He created many memorable episodes such as “Fan Fiction”, “Baby” and many others. Robbie will be sorely missed. He knew exactly what the show needed and stayed true to its characters. He filled in plot holes, answered questions that had been left unanswered for years and made callbacks to the show’s roots. Let his work be a reminder of what Supernatural TRULY is. In the words of Calliope: “Supernatural has everything: Life, Death, Ressurection, Redemption. But above all…family. All set to music you can really tap your toe to. It isn’t some meandering piece of genre dreck. It’s…epic.”

So Thank you Robbie Thompson for your part in making Supernatural the show so many of us love. We will miss you as you go on to do other things. And in memory of your final episode: Fare Thee Well