If anyone is interested and enjoys the fantasy genre, I’m looking for people to review my books. If this is something that interests you, let me know. You can learn more about my books here, so you have a better idea of what they are about.
Magic is defined differently of course depending on the story. Typically, magic itself isn’t usually defined or explained. The limitations and abilities of magic is explored in most fantasy, but the magic itself is typically more mysterious. This is a generalization, but it is something I have observed on average.
I want to pose the question to the reader, is it important to know specifically what magic is? Should magic be more mysterious? If so why? As a reader and a writer, I understand both sides. I like having mystery to stories, but too much mystery leaves me unsatisfied with the story. If the author creates a world with in-depth descriptions of magic it feels more real to me, and I can escape further into the fictional place. I would love to hear your thoughts.
As a writer, obviously I’m a huge fan of books. I love that books are able to flush out a plot and the characters better than most movies because they aren’t confined to a certain length. In saying that, I argue that films are just as important as books to the genre, and frankly there is quite a shortage of quality fantasy movies.
The most recent fantasy films we got were The Hobbit Trilogy. Many people are divided over this films. Some complain about the deviations from the books, the 60 frames per second, supposed lack of character development, and the over usage of CGI. I would argue that they are gleaming gems for the fantasy genre. These films are far from perfect, but in the context that films should be judged separately from books they are some of the best fantasy films made recently. No, I do not count the overabundance of Marvel movies, besides they are science fiction not fantasy.
Over all there has been a draught of well-made blockbuster fantasy films, which is rather disappointing. Why is that I wonder? It isn’t like the audience for fantasy movies is too small. I would imagine filmmakers could tap into The Lord of the Rings fan base. Over the last decade science fiction movies, particularly superhero moves, have seen a huge uptick in quantity. Most fantasy films I have seen in recent years have been independent films, which is fine of course, but where are all the major films? Someone might point to Warcraft, and that might be a valid point, but we all know that movies based on videogames are rarely tolerable let alone good. Perhaps Warcraft will prove an exception to the rule, but that is still one move. The fantasy movies that have been released within the last few years have generally been panned. The Seventh Son, The Last Witch Hunter, all of them were pretty mediocre as far as reviewers were concerned.
What can us fantasy fans do about this? Well, maybe not much but we can support the films that are being released and maybe give attention to indie films. Typically, independent films have low budgets and subpar special effects, but I have found more than a few gems. Hopefully since superhero movies have made such an impact on culture, fantasy will not be so over looked in the coming years.
I have relaunched Goandria: Visions of War. The second edition had new chapters, greater characterization, and now includes Flight of the Wizard short story which used to be only in the paperback version.
It took two months to prepare this version and I feel it finally does the story justice. If you read fantasy and are looking for something new and different you can take a look yourself here.
As always I’m looking for reviews as well. If this is something that interests you, and you want a free eBook copy let me know in the comments below. You can also shoot me an email at email@example.com
The second edition of Goandria: Visions of War is now released! It has all new chapters, greater characterization, and now the eBook includes the short story Flight of the Wizard, once exclusive to the paperback.
If you read fantasy, I am looking for reviewers. My goal is to have three reviews on this book before Halloween. If you are willing to read it and review it email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a free review copy.
If you want more details on the book you can read the description on the amazon page here.