Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Fantasy and media

When I started drafting this post it was a look at the different media (film, tv, comic, novel) and how the high fantasy setting is represented (or not) in these forms. I was looking at the exemplars like the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Brave. I thought I had some interesting points about how barren comics are for fantasy content of the chainmail, spells and beasts kind. I had nice examples of things that cross the boundaries like Harry Potter, Spirited Away and Twilight. But the sheer number of examples that started to come to mind on the fringes meant I lost my way as Pirates of the Caribbean, Narnia, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Snow White and the Huntsman, Eragon, Merlin, Robin Hood, 300, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia, Willow, Troy, Beowulf, Narnia, Van Helsing, Excalibur, Stardust and more all wanted a mention.

Soooo, I decided I would just use the rest of this post instead to a little gallery of images from some of these films/shows to be thankful for the inspiration they do indeed bring for us that like the fantasy genre be it in novel, screen, comic, video game or tabletop adventure. Plus with visual effects now so superbly bringing our beloved superheroes to the screen - I see a great future for fantasy as well (beyond the computer game)...

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