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.
A big welcome to Asa Maria Bradley, Gina Conkle, and Megan Crane who are here to telling us about about their favorite pop culture Vikings. Want to win a copy of Viking Warrior Rising? Enter via the widget below. Favorite Pop Culture Vikings by Asa Maria Bradley, Gina Conkle, and Megan Crane Asa Maria Bradley (Viking Warrior Rising): Erik Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. When we meet him in the novels, he’s a Vampire, but a very ancient one who was turned way back when he was a Viking. I love how multi-dimensional Erik is. He can… Read more »
A big welcome to Kristi Charish who is here telling us about the 80s movies that influenced her Owl series and celebrating the release of Owl and the City of Angels, Adventures of Owl #2 (published on October 15, 2015 by Pocket Star). Kristi Charish’s Influential 80s Movies As some of you may (or may not) know, one of the major influences on my writing has been action adventure movies- particularly of the 1980’s variety. When I started writing, my love of those campy, adventure happy movies was what pushed me to write Owl. Rather than concentrate on the big hitters- Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The… Read more »
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.
A big welcome to Martina Boone who is here to telling us about Urban Fantasy and the Gothic Genre and celebrating the release of Persuasion, Heirs of Watson Island #2 (published on October 27, 2015 by Simon Pulse). Want to win a copy of Compulsion, book one in the series? Enter via the widget below. Urban Fantasy and the Gothic Genre by Martina Boone I was born in a fairy tale city. Until I was five, I could look up and see Prague Castle on the hillside through my bedroom window, and reading the opening pages of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone,… Read more »
A big welcome to D.B. Jackson who is here to telling us about The Politics of Historical Fiction and celebrating the release of DEAD MAN’S REACH, Thieftaker #4 (published on July 21, 2015 by Tor Books).
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.
A big welcome to J. Kathleen Cheney who is here writing about romance and fantasy and celebrating the release of The Shores of Spain, The Golden City #3 (published on July 7, 2015 by Roc). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Where Is the Romance Line Drawn? by J. Kathleen Cheney Romance is fairly hard to define, but you can find this definition online: A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful. (Yes, I know that this isn’t the first definition.) Notice that there’s nothing about kissing in there. Ivanhoe is considered a… Read more »
A big welcome to Darynda Jones who is here to telling us about Interview and celebrating the release of Eighth Grave After Dark, Charley Davidson #8 (published on May 19, 2015 by St. Martin’s Press). Want to win a copy of the whole Charley Davidson series? Enter via the widget below. Q&A with Darynda Jones I was lucky enough to participate in a conference call with Darynda Jones and several other bloggers recently. Guys, let me tell you- it was super exciting for me. I think one of the best questions to start off with sharing was from Scandal from Scandalicious Book Reviews,… Read more »