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  2. I like both the David Lynch movie and the novel. I never saw the SyFy mini-series, but I have seen what the network did to Riverworld and Earthsea, so I think I'll pass. It's the Jackie Chan version of Around the World in Eighty Days that has my vote.
  3. As a book adaptation I’ll agree it was bad. But as a stand alone movie I enjoyed it. But then I like fantasy movies. LOTR, Hobbit, CS Lewis stuff, etc. “I am Number Four” had very shallow characters. Not like the book. Also, although not technically a movie but a TV series, I thought they massacred the book of “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” .
  4. David Lynch's version of Dune. While the book is SciFi, anything by Lynch has to be a psychological fantasy... He took an excellent book that may well be impossible to make into a decent movie, and converted it into something almost excruciating. (There was a director's cut that stretched the pain out to about three hours...) Now, if you're familiar with the kinds of visual and intellectually surreal stuff Lynch does (Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks...) we can instead see it as a David Lynch film that just happens to have a bunch of Dune paraphernalia strewn
  5. I think it's Eragon. Your opinion? (fantasy genre preferred but not required).
  6. Yeah, I remember that movie. I recalled liking it for the reasons you described. If I recall correctly, his drive to get that formerly famous duo out there turned into a near, obsessive mania.
  7. I think it really depends on the story you're going to write. I avoid quoting Scripture directly, unless you have a character that is from our world, or world experience (it feels odd typing it that way). I'd rather do what Jesus did, and speak in parables. Jesus reached people by illustrating the Word of God, not reciting it chapter and verse (though he did quite a bit of that too). Jesus explained complicated or confusing concepts through parables too. it is a highly effective means of explaining something that is, in a way, disarming. Because it is a story, and n
  8. I don't write fiction, but for me, I wouldn't make up a religion and try to use Scripture. Just seems wrong to me. Maybe something with a similar thought. I hope you will hop over to Meet and Greet and introduce yourself so everyone will know you are here and can welcome you.
  9. I think it is more of a fictional, stand-in for Christianity--a version for the totally fictitious high fantasy world I created.
  10. I'm curious--in what sense is your made-up religion based on Christianity? Is it a sort of offshoot of Christianity, like say Islam or Mormonism, (i.e., lots of the same concepts, moral standards, a similar view of God, etc, but with some serious fundamental differences) or is it meant to be a fictional stand-in for Christianity, almost as if you were writing an allegory--or something else entirely?
  11. Hi Everyone, I just joined the Christian Writers Forum and this club. I'm so excited to be in the company of Christian fantasy writers. I'm working on my first novel, and I came to a place where Isaiah 60:3 was so appropriate for my character's experience of the God character in the story. Do you think it's wrong to use it there (slightly adjusted to fit the story), saying that it was from the scriptures of my made up religion, which is very much based on Christianity? Thanks.
  12. Have you heard of hard fanstasy and soft fantasy? Soft fantasy works great with themes.
  13. Read a book about this and have been praying about it myself. I don't have suggestions for the Revelation time period, but I do on the magic system. A Christian non-fiction book I read suggested making a magic system unlike anything else in our real world to stay way from using occult practices.Narnia & Lord of the rings are good examples of doing that.
  14. Nice! A Narnia inspired book! I love capture and escape scenes! In my opinion the more the better! I'd say whatever is needed for the plot. I almost always have a few capture and escape scenes in my books.
  15. Narnia is always my personal favorite. As far are lesser known books... The Youngest Templar for sure. It's Historical Fantasy YA.It had me turning pages like crazy. Though it's more of a book for writers who love the fast past style rather than fantasy world-building skills. Lord of the Rings is a great book for theme. The Door Within is a christian fantasy series that I found interesting.It reads like MG.It's about a character that travels to another world.Reminded me if Narina and Lord of the Rings. I haven't read Susan Cooper's books yet, but it's on my
  16. Here’s the video essay that got me to start thinking a LOT about theme. Ever since, I’ve wanted to use fantasy as a tool to portray ideas in a more raw way than I can with anything else. For instance, my current project centers around 2 characters using 2 different magic systems, one powered by logic, the other by emotion. My goal was to show that a balance of both is required in order to make it through life successfully. HOWEVER. I spend most of my time watching kids cartoons (I’m allergic to swearing, shut up) so I’m used to getting my themes served to me pretty clea
  17. I just rewatched HIGH FIDELITY on Hulu. In that film, John Cusack's Rob Gordon is thoroughly detestable until the very end, when he gets off his duff, takes a risk, and starts putting himself back out into the world (first as a record producer and then as a DJ exposing other people to great new music). I love that film, not because he's lovable, but because he's relatable, and because he overcomes his detestable nature through love.
  18. I agree with your premise. But I think the larger point that was made is that a lot of Fantasy is all about external struggles, and not those that are internal. I actually started a prequel story for my series that incorporates addiction as part of the theme. The unfortunate part is that the main character is generally unlikeable, and his end is tragic, albeit predictable because of his obsessions and addictions.
  19. You know, this is funny. I've got fragments written for later books in the series I'm currently working on. I use this same phrase, but twist it terribly. I make it the centerpiece of an explanation of faith.
  20. Disagree, depending on the type of story. I don't need James Bond to have an internal struggle. I don't need John Wayne to have an internal struggle. Superman's pretty well established as a character - his challenges come in other ways. It really depends on the kind of story you're telling.
  21. Interesting take! Of course i never mean to say that cliches are bad. What I mean is that every main character needs an internal struggle, but that I would like to see some new, fresh struggles. Getting over an ex, overcoming addiction, learning to understand your older relatives, these are all ideas i have yet to see a character deal with, at least in fantasy. On the other hand, I’ve seen “believe in yourself” more times than I can count. And in execution, sometimes it can be as simple as changing up your dungeon party to include your twin sister.
  22. Funny. I have a variation on this. The "good kid," never wanted to get over his insecurity in the first place, and doesn't really know how he got the girl. I think characterization, and character-building has gone off the rails in modern Fantasy. In another writer's group I'm in, I saw someone talk about how they love to write tough, able characters who are great lovers as well as fighters (that's the clean version of their proclamation). I didn't bother to respond. But if I did, I would have said: those are probably some really boring stories. It's like
  23. Fear not—ideas aren't precious, their execution is, and everyone writes in their own unique way. I used to worry about this but my mind was put at ease when I heard back from a favorite author, A. Lee Martinez. He'd written a SF / Noir called THE AUTOMATIC DETECTIVE about a killer robot with the freewill glitch. Before competing in NaNoWriMo in 2014, I pinged him and asked him what he thought about using his idea as the catalyst for a Fantasy / Noir, and he gave me the loveliest blessing.
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