All Things Urban Fantasy is pleased to welcome back Maria, previous guest posts on All Things Urban Fantasy can be found here. Have a great idea for a guest post? Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] Despite climate change deniers, people are becoming more and more concerned about the environment, as the recent Paris climate conference clearly demonstrates. That concern has not only entered into our political and social discourse, but also into the fiction of today’s pop culture with new genre of fiction known as “Cli-Fi”, or Climate Fiction, having emerged as a response to the worry… Read more »
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The Hunger Games series first exploded onto the scene in 2008 with the publication of the first novel, and it has been making waves ever since. With the response as intense as it was, it was inevitable that Hollywood come knocking. Five years after the publication of Mockingjay, the final book of the trilogy, the film franchise comes to an end with the release of Mockingjay Part 2 in theaters.
It began with George Orwell’s 1984. Years later, bestsellers such as The Maze Runner and Divergent made their debut, achieving enough popularity to evolve into films. Dystopian fiction is a genre swiftly gaining prominence through intriguing and thought-provoking plotlines reminiscent of our own societal downfalls. People strongly relate to the exaggerated issues featured in young adult dystopian novels. One component contributing to the success of recent works such as those aforementioned is that they are written from the point of view of a teenager. Because a vast portion of the fan base consists of teenagers and young adults, this writing style helps audiences draw connections from the entertainment outlets to their own lives.
Ray Bradbury’s unique blend of fantasy and human reaction to the seemingly impossible first delighted and intrigued television audiences in the early 1950s when several of his stories were adapted for popular anthology shows of the day, including CBS Television Workshop, Tales of Tomorrow and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. While an argument can be made that the influence of The Martian Chronicles author easily transcends all forms of media, there is no question that the “Poet of Pulp” has had an influence on how science fiction and fantasy are portrayed on television – an influence that’s still clearly evident in some of today’s small screen offerings.
Ever since it’s break onto the HBO TV scene in 2011, Game of Thrones has been a spectacular hit. But even before that the A Song of Ice and Fire book series has had an impressive empire of followers. The reason of the success of the series might seem obvious to the average viewer, especially after Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series seemed to break new grounds for the fantasy genre. However, there is a much larger, much more varied history at work behind the style of storytelling than what meets the eye, and with season 5 having just started (which you can watch if you have HBO Go or DirecTV), now is a great time to take a closer look at what goes into these stories we all love so much.