To say that the movie hasn’t influenced some of the creatures in The Last Paladin Series would be a lie. Truthfully my “nerdism” goes much deeper than that. Throw in Barsoom and the Princess of Mars Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs to present and you’d have a much better understanding of the depth of my love for Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I use Edgar Rice Burroughs in particular because it still amazes me that a story written in 1917 could have influenced modern Sci-fi and Fantasy and is still good enough of a story that they chose to make a movie from the book in 2013. Once again, this was a Sci-Fi story written in 1917! If you never took the time to see the movie, it’s definitely worth the time and the books are quite enjoyable. Not to mention, Burroughs’ writing has directly and indirectly influenced many generations of writers since 1917 to present. Unfortunately, the movie got a bad write-up and I think many people didn’t end up checking it out, which is too bad. The film was quite enjoyable, no matter if it altered the original storyline and kept itself PG13, but unfortunately that goes without saying since Walt Disney Pictures produced the film. Otherwise there would have been a lot, I mean a “FREAKING LOT”, of nudity. I’ve attached the trailer below for those of you who haven’t seen it. Too bad it wasn’t truly depicted as Burroughs wrote it. Even more amazing, is J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Lord of the Rings that was written in 1954, which is in the top ten of the largest modern grossing film series to date, not to mention its influence on pulp fiction in general and Fantasy around the world and across multiple generations. Really, Dungeon and Dragons and the whole Fantasy MMO concept might have never developed into the incredible detailed worlds that we know of today.
Another interesting movie I finally tracked down late night by accident was Fire and Ice. One of those 80’s cartoon movies that inspired a generations of movies that came out around the time, such as: Heavy Metal movie, The Lord of the Ring cartoon movie series, The Secret of Nimh, Dark Crystal and Wizard. Huge contributors to Generation X’s mind set and the blooming of computerized gaming. Darkwolf is one of the main heroes of the film, which is part of one of the nomenclature I like to use for my characters online: aka Darkstar, Darkstorm, Darknova … If you’ve ever tried to create your own Darkxxx name, you know how hard it is to find a combo not already used. Every once in a while I watch the old anime and cartoon movies. I was actually pleasantly surprised with Fire and Ice. Another film I threw on the list is one of my all time favorites, Wizard. The movie is a story about the battle of good vs evil and elves/fairies against mutants/demons. It has some great artwork and some shockingly sorrowful scenes and some sexy ass fairies. It’s dated, but it kind of has that classic Heavy Metal following.
Anyway, last Friday I had to cut my blog off quickly, because the weekend was starting and it’s hard for me to get any writing time in once the weekend starts. I was mainly finished except for discussing the dividing line between too much detail of a particular topic in a story and not enough. Being aware of what movies have taught people to expect and knowing the reality is a tough balance. A good example of this was the movie “Final Countdown”. The actual book was awesome. Martin Caidin’s book is well balanced between military terms and information and the flow of story. Unfortunately, the director of the movie turned the film into a commercial for the Navy’s toys, which just ruined the film. I mean you can only watch planes taking off and landing for so long before you’re just like “Shoot me now!”
I had expected to get some great writing time in this week, but Richard, a buddy of mine I met from reviewing Flight, got me into a couple books. The newest Demon Accords and an Immortal Series. I ended up reading three books in three days. The good news is that the stories were great, but the bad news is that I’m still recovering from eye burnout and sleep deprivation. Thanks Richard! So back to writing on Monday, unless I can sneak a little in over the weekend.