Posts Tagged ‘fantasy’


Well, put it down, it is boring, read my book instead.

Not convinced?

Perhaps this new cover art from Casey Conan will change your mind!


Every once in a while, something like this will percolate through my Twitter feed, a blog post like this one by Patrick Rothfuss where he tries to square up his notions of feminism with some stuff that he’s said in the past.  And because I’m interested in the subject, I read it, and because I’m an insufferable know-it-all, I’m about to sound off on it.

The truth is, I’ve got a little bit of sympathy for Rothfuss, here.


I’ve been puzzling around this for a while, but have you ever noticed how many Epic Fantasies are quest narratives? I mean, a lot of it is couched in war, that’s a pretty common feature of epic fantasies. But for the most part – I think maybe nine times out of ten – the Epic Fantasy is defined by the fact that the central engine of the story is a small group of people Going Somewhere to Do Something. All those stories that followed Tolkien’s mold, you know, they’re about people taking a long trip in a strange land.

Some Thoughts On Style

Posted: February 2, 2011 in Braak, poetics
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I was looking back at the Jezebel repost of my “Problems With Representations of Women in (Mostly) Superhero Comics“.  This was for the reason of reminding the editors at Jezebel that they and I actually have a pretty good relationship, and so they should host the livecast of my newest play, which is about Emma Goldman.  (It’s called Red Emma.  You should see it.)

Anyway, I’m always struck by internet comments, because I’m amazed by how many people either can’t or just didn’t read the article.  It’s hard, but I generally am able to resist the urge to spend all my time defending myself.


Some days ago, a fellow named Brian Murphy wrote this article on the Black Gate blog, positing that Realms of Fantasy‘s fold had to do with a glut of fantasy-type stories on the market.  I’ll admit that his argument is at least intuitive; the more I go into the bookstore, the more and more disenchanted I start to become with fantasy, in particular with epic fantasy. (Though other reasons for Realms‘ failure could be involved).  Not only is it everywhere, but it’s all the same.  If I never read a story about a guy who turns out to be a secret king, or needs to fulfill a secret prophecy, or regain a kingdom from a corrupt usurper — well, I’ll be happy about that.


I have been playing this computer game called Dragon Age.  Maybe you’ve heard of it?  It came out, like, two years ago, or something.  I don’t know if that’s true, it’s just been around for a while I think.

ANYWAY.  Firstly, this game is tit-tastic.  Just, boobs everywhere.  Which, hey great.  But, secondly, and this is interesting to me:  it has a pretty intricate plot that you can make significant changes to by make particular choices in the game.


Apologies if my post is a little scattered today. Philadelphia went from sunny and 60 all week to chill and rainy today, and wild changes in weather always give me a migraine. I think it’s something to do with pressure; I’d ask a doctor about it if I could afford to see a doctor. So, maybe one day soon, right! Yay.

Anyway: the topic of today’s discussion will be the provenance of the Literature of the Fantastic.


The Drowning City and Fantasy Naming

Posted: October 26, 2009 in Braak
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When I was a kid, the teachers at my high school made bets about how many fantasy names I’d have in my head by the time I finished college.  The numbers were up there.  A thousand, maybe?  I read a lot of fantasy novels and, until recently, never had any trouble keeping track of names.

UNTIL RECENTLY, when I realized I’m fucking old.


Recently, Philip Marchand wrote a column for the National Post about how “fantasy” is “taking over” “science fiction.”  The original post is here, and I’m going to talk about it a little bit–though, now that I’ve looked further into the matter, I’m not altogether sure who Philip Marchand is, or why I, or anyone else, should be even remotely interested in what he’s got to say.

He does quote from Robert Sawyer, who is a known science-fiction author, so I guess that’s…something?  Anyway, the issue–the dividing line between fantasy and science fiction, is an interesting one, so let’s consider.