I have a general statement and inquiry.
I believe we are on the eve of an explosion in popularity for
fantasy. Although The fantasy television shows that have all popped
up in the past several years are not exactly what one might call...
uh... er, a prime example of the genre's potential, they are, without
a doubt, building a new audience for fantasy. Although they have
much to be desired, it is a baby step in a positive direction.
Through them, people are getting acustomed to topics such as magic,
mythic creatures, fantastic settings, adventure and heroism. With
time they may also follow this path further, seeking more depth,
insight into life, and really discovering the capabilities of the
Also, popular cinema has a large influence on society. I have heard
very few negative expectations from the LOTR movie, yet even if it
were half as good as I expect it to be, it would still probably be a
huge mone maker in the box office. Surely, if nothing else for the
pursuit of money, this could start a trend in cinema. I have heard
of a Harry Potter movie and a D&D movie, both already having large
Between the two, there is a very good chance of fantasy gaining
attention never really seen before in the modern age. This would
likely spark a ressurgance of interest in the obviouss classic
fantasy creations and mythology. I can easily see many movies of
classic myths of the Nordic and Celtic as well as more of Greek. Can
you imagine how this might effect society? Concider all of the
positive influences this genre has on ones view of and appraoch to
life. I personally believe that fantasy changes the way one thinks,
breaking restrictions one may have on thought. The impossible
becomes possible, life is a great adventure, it is as if enjoying
fantasy on a regular basis helps one to view the world as being full
of endless possibilities, and therefore always to look for new ones.
I can see many positive influences this trend would have on society,
not to mention all of the new quality works that would come out of
such a fantasy revolution.
What do you think about this?
>to go into schools to talk about myth,legend, and traditional.... so now perhaps fantasy, so long an
>stories..more and more people are finding meaning again in these things,
>undercurrent, is coming up to reinvigorate a society which has exhaustedThis is exactly what I am going to do this year for the first time.
>itself through modernism
Although I often feel my culture (western and American) is in twilight, it
in these times of twilight where people come out of insularity and are
recognize others in the world, their habits and customs, etc. So I believe
people are interested. They teach mythology as an elective here. Too bad
required. They ought to teach comparative religion of some kind, and
let students view various religions at the high school level.
This year I am doing myths, fairy tales, folklore that have to do with the
soul, it's journey, descent and ascent, hence my study in Mystery
Religions. However, we will be doing Sleeping
Beauty, <g> another variant of the soul's journey.
For Lizzie: Have you ever read The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Anne Pierce?
I am rereading these now, and certainly they are darker, but they have
themes you might
be searching for, but in a less obvious way than Lewis and company, and the
ones you first
mentioned. But this is a trilogy that I am going to promote in my talks
this year, for
various reasons I won't discuss here. BTW, have you ever read Graham
fantasy, but certainly religious. And very profound at that. I marvel at