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Category Archives: Fantasy
In 8 AD, Pygmalion prays a statue to life to be his wife. In 1886, Ewald enlists a fictional Thomas Edison to create Hadaly, a romantic companion who would have the beauty of a human woman without the pesky spirit. In 2009’s (distressingly orientalist)… Continue reading
Horror is an incredibly subjective genre. Your perception of horror is greatly influenced by your own life and experiences. While watching a horror film, one viewer may have their hands over their eyes and scream while the girl runs up the stairs with a murderer in the house, while another may just laugh at her […] Continue reading
James Cameron’s Avatar is by no means an original work. In one comedic picture after the movie aired, the Huffington Post derisively labeled it “’Pocahontas’ in Space.” Moreover, it is not the only example of media that tries to espouse the viewer to think critically about our own relationship with nature and the world around […] Continue reading
Some previous posts on the blog have discussed how culture – art and fashion – are represented in science fiction. But is science fiction ever represented in art? I have two words for you: Meow Wolf. Meow Wolf is an immersive, interactive art experience based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The inaugural exhibition, The House of […] Continue reading
Growing up, I’m pretty sure we all asked each other the same question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be? There’s always the go-to flight because, c’mon, who wouldn’t want to see the world on a non-stop roller coaster?! Invisibility. Sneaking out just peaked. Telepathy. Because reading minds and putting thoughts into […] Continue reading
Throughout this course we have gone over the influential nature of literature movements on newer forms of media and how varied—but sometimes similar—themes are evoked through different mediums. Specifically, we have studied the effect of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work on the evolving media landscape. To credit Tolkien and his legendarium, it’s easy to say that his … Continue reading “Same Old, Same Old?” Continue reading
The 2016 presidential election signaled countless changes to life in the United States: a president who tweets at 3 a.m., an all-powerful first daughter, attempts to repeal common-sense healthcare efforts, etc. The swearing-in of another Republican leader is also likely to affect the content in venues that might surprise some Americans: their local multiplexes. Followers […] Continue reading
Growing up on an island in the Atlantic, I spent summers reading adventure stories. One such tale was Brian Jacques’ Castaways of the Flying Dutchman. In this young adult fantasy novel, a boy stows away on a ship: the Flying Dutchman. The ship’s crew is a depraved lot, and most fearsome of all is Captain […] Continue reading
Six stories. Six periods in history. Six genres. Six geographical locations. Six modes of storytelling. Cloud Atlas links these diverse stories together with the idea that characters are reincarnations of each other. If you thought, or maybe wished, that the reincarnation theme was just implied and not certain, Mitchell has dashed all your hopes because he […] Continue reading