Thursday, May 5, 2011

Prince Caspian and Fantasy

As I type this, I am watching the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I love, love, love this movie for three reasons:
  1. I love the series and I think the movie is a really good representation
  2. I love a fantasy world so seamlessly constructed that you feel enterring the real-world again is jarring, and that is exactly how I felt after I saw this movie for the first time
  3. I have such a massive movie-star crush on Ben Barnes. I'm for serious. He is so dreamy!

But, the thing this movie also does for me is remind me of how jealous I am of good fantasy writers. I cannot tell a lie... I watch more fantasy movies than I read fantasy books, and it isn't a genre I naturally gravitate towards in either form, but when it is done well, I am green with envy and love, love, lover it!

I am in awe of people who effectively create a whole world with new rules, new creatures, and (usually) really complex and sophisticated back stories or political alignments, etc.. For example, I watch the Harry Potter movies frequently, and just watched the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring again on Easter and both movies (and all of the accompanying books) blow me away. To have that kind of imagination, to build something that rich.


I've written two novels and dozens of stories. I do not consider myself to be lacking in creativity, but I am astounded and in awe of strong fantasy writers.


So, what are the strong fantasy novels you've read/movies you watched. It's a prolific genre for sure, and one that I am suddenly re-inspired to delve into a littl more thoroughly.


  1. Seriously! Aren't they amazing? I think you hit the top three in my book. :)

    I do love fantasy. *contented sigh*

  2. I don't read fantasy/sci fi, but when Kindle had a free download of Naomi Novik's "Her Majesty's Dragon" I took advantage of it and LOVED the book. I went on to buy all of the books in the series and loved them all. The stories take place during the Napoleanic Wars and feature a British captain and his intelligent, witty, verbal, literature-loving dragon. Each book is set in a different country: UK, France, China, Africa, Australia. They are wonderful!

    Shauna, about a year ago I started some sketches and text for a fantasy-world book. I bought a few writers' books on world-building. I hope one day to have time to delve further into my make-believe world!