wiseheart: (Valinor by Ted Nasmith)
I read the books back in the early 1980s and were of two minds about them. I'm the kind of fangirl who likes her genres unmixed. So, sci-fi, fantasy, post-apocalyptic stuff, all in their own places. Shannara is fantasy built on a post-apocalyptic background, and in the places when that becomes obvious, I was always alienated. But aside from that, it was an enjoyable read.

Now, when the TV-series came to Hungarian TV, I gave it a try. It took about 20 or 30 minutes - the horrible dubbing certainly didn't help. Finally, today it started on German TV, too, so I thought why not give it a second try? Perhaps I'd like it better for the second time.

Well... I didn't. The scenery is pleasant, and the young actor who plays Wil Ohmsford I could easily accept, but that's basically it. I found the rest of the casting as horrible as for the first time. I remember Amberle Elessedil being a dignified character from the books - in this, she isn't. Neither is anyone else in the elvish court, for that matter. And John Rhys-Davies as an Elf, even as an old Elf, is ridiculous. Especially in the role of Eventine Elessedil. Granted, the first book I read was The Sword of Shannara, in which Eventine was a young, heroic and dynamic Elf King, so the contrast was probably too great, but still...
wiseheart: (Buliwyf)
Or, if you want a more matching subtitle, The Evolution Of The Evil B*tch. Meaning sweet little Danaerys, of course. You think I'm too harsh to her? Well, let's see.
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Other than that, one of my two favourite characters was killed off, the other one - the dwarf - got promoted (although I had the impression he'd rather be dead), and there was much gratutious nakedness again. I found particularly disgusting the Grand Maester in translucent nightgown. Oh, please! The only thing even more disgusting than that was King Hrotgar in Beowulf, clad in a piece of bedlinen only. But at least that was not the actor himself. I still wonder how they talked Anthony Hopkins into that role.

Oh, and the Lannisters were being evil, of course. Both the legitimate and the illegitimate ones. Or insane. Or both. So, why should I care, unless waiting for them to meet accordingly brutal and evil ends? Unfortunately, considering Martin's nihilistic worldview, they may even live happily ever after.
wiseheart: (Buliwyf)
We were given 4 episodes in a row today. Even less impressed than by the first 3. More gratutious nudity - just how did two whores performing for evaluation in front of the brothel owner move the plot forward?
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All in all, the only things worth watching are Sean Bean as Eddard Stark and Tyrion Lannister. They I great fun. I wish we had a ten-episode-series for each of the LotR-books, though, instead of 3 big films. I'd have enjoyed slower pace there
wiseheart: (Alagos)
German TV showed the first 3 episodes yesterday - which is about as far into S1 as I've gotten in the book. Note that I found the book flatly written, in places boring and generally confusing, so you can imagine how low my expecations were towards the series. But it had Sean Bean, and I'd watch Sean Bean stand in an empty room, reading out loud the phone book, so...
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Other than that, so far it's a pretty well-made series, close enough to the original. I'm looking forward to the rest of S1, which will come tonight and tomorrow, in two huge blocks of 4 and 3 more episodes, respectively. On the one hand, it's good to get to see the whole season in three sittings, at least I won't accidentally miss an episode. OTOH, it's a bit exhausting to watch it for 3 or 4 hours. But I'm recording it, so I can get back later and re-watch it in smaller doses.

Now if I could only get my hands on Camelot...
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Now that I've watched the entire trilogy, I still like the films. The kids said something about there being a fourth one - I must check it out and at least borrow it from someone. I guess it would be The Silver Throne - we'll see.
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
This part of the mythology is deals mainly with the Fallen Kings, in whose valley the Crystal Cave is located. These Kings, clearly the ones who built the ruined castle in which Arthur and Co. sought refuge in the two-episode 3rd season finale and who built the Round Table in the first place, are otherwise a complete mystery. So, this is my take on them - be warned that the rest of the entry behind the tag is full of spoilers!

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Again, this is still fairly rough and will change and develop. Comments and suggestions are welcome, a discussion would be even more lovely. :)
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
I must admit, it has been a long time since I last enjoyed writing a story so much. Even if sometimes there's the one or other minor hindrance to conquer. And even if there are going to be only few reviews, due to the nature of the story, I'm very, very happy with it.

The most fun I have with is, of course, the world-building part: the intricate process of somehow reconciling the BBC show with the general events of the legendarium. In some places, I simply have to make up my own legends, as the show is simply too different. This is especially true when it comes to religion.

First of all, there is very little of it. The Old Religion, so often mentioned and condemned by the series' main baddie, Uther Pendragon, is not a belief system that would be either organized or particularly understandable. It seems that it is simpy identical with using magic, good or bad. Also, compared with the Old Religion, there doesn't seem to be a new one, either, one that Uther would support in exchange. Which is, especially in a semi-medieval society, simply impossible. Such a vacuum simply cannot exist.

Behind the tag are a few vague ideas of the development of Albion's belief system, as portrayed in the series. That's pure speculation on my part, of course, but this is how I'll deal with it in the entire story. Read it only if you don't mind being spoiled.

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Of course, this is still just a rough outline. I expect it to change and expand continously as I write the Epic Merlin Tale(TM).

Tell me what you think!
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
Okay, since I've promised this [livejournal.com profile] artemis10002000, behind the tag are the canonical, legendary and mythological elements either already included in the Epic Merlin Fic (TM) or planned to be included. Read at your own peril. ;)

They are listed in no particular order - I'm not that organized. Just a bit anal retentive. In any case, on with the confusing stuff.

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This is how far I've got. I don't want to add future ideas, in case I might reject them. This post will be updated as new stuff is added.
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
This post will be full of spoilers, so, in the unlikely case that you intend to read the story, you shouldn't look behind the tag. On the other hand, if you don't mind being spoiled and love to discuss different aspects of a story, you're welcome to look.

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A character list has been created and added to the Database of my Otherworlds fantasy and horror Yahoo group; unfortunately, only group members can see it. Currently, it contains 67 characters, but there will be more, eventually. I'll post another entry about what mythological/mythical/fantasy elements I have added to the series' quite convulted mix.
wiseheart: (lovers)
Cos I'm on sick leave, although the sickness has passed, and feel like babbling a bit, yo!

The telly - or why I might end up spend my hard-earned cash on shows that I cannot watch, even though everyone says they're rubbish.
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Procrastinating - or the pain of too many choices after finishing a story.
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Baking - yep, I did some of that, too!
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Other than that, I'm lazing around and wishing I had people I could discuss silly fannish things with. But you can't have everything.
wiseheart: (Buliwyf)
... not that it would say anyone a thing, since it's written in Hungarian, but I've finally given myself a kick in the backside and typed up the next chapter the Grand Epos and posted it to Fictionpress.com. Yes, it's the same Grand Epos(TM) that misses a hundred pages or more from the middle. Someone borrowed my only copy and never gave it back, and I can't remember who it was.

In any case, the Grand Epos is some 1,500 pages long, and with today's heroic action I reached Page 41 - so it will take some time until I'll have to force myself to sit down and rewrite the missing parts as well as I can remember them. Wish me luck. :(

In other news, work restarts tomorrow, so creative work will be seriously quenched. At least I've overcome the cold... well, mostly. Gah, I hate it when holidays end!
wiseheart: (Valinor by Ted Nasmith)
Forgot to mention: I've updated [livejournal.com profile] telekis_vendiak, my reading recommendation page. Added the first piece of original fantasy, yay!
wiseheart: (gold dragon)
I've posted a couple of one-shots to [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms, both offshots to the Tosh/9th Doctor tale that can be cound at [livejournal.com profile] otherworlds_lib.

The two parts of "Final Farewell" are really short, 3 and 4 pages only, but those who follow the main story might not want to read them just yet, since they would give away the end of the Tosh/Yoshitsune arc.

The third one, however, "Breaking the Cycle", is a Japanese ghost story, sort of, including an Immortal samurai, an Eastern vampire (very different from the ones I usually write), lots and lots of swordfight and arcane arts, and, of course, a ghost - all that with a sappy, romantic ending. I was very liberal with White Wolf canon, so [livejournal.com profile] crowdaughter would probably want to lynch me for it, but I'm quite happy with the results.
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
I've posted a short piece of historical fantasy to [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms, titled "Atsumori's Escape". A what-if, taking place in 12th century Japan and written for the sole sake to save an historic character and give him the chance to do the dirty instead of dying young.
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wiseheart: (Lancelot)
My sparkling new Merlin story, "Movements of Fire and Shadow", has been posted to [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms. All three chapters of it. Who says I can't write anything short? Go me!

Chapter 1 has been beta read by [livejournal.com profile] the_wild_iris, God bless her. The other two chapters are still in their raw version, but I wanted the hand-coding horrors out of my hair. I can always make the necessary changes later.

So, that it 4 stories finished in one summer, so far. I'm well pleased with the muses.
wiseheart: (gold dragon)
Please accept and enjoy my parting gift from 2009 at [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms: the first part of a Merlin fic, titled "Movements of Fire and Shadow". Yes, the title is shamelessly stolen from B5 - that series had the best episode titles, ever!

It's the doing of my good friend and selfless beta, [livejournal.com profile] the_wild_iris that I was able to post the story in this year still, an hour and a half before it ended.

Much happiness to you all for 2010!
wiseheart: (gold dragon)
I've just added Merlin to the fantasy section of the Otherworlds discussion board, posting my three so-far existing Merlin vignettes as well. Registrations to the forum have been disabled for quite some time because certain idiots felt the urge to post their disgusting porn and other spam, and I simply didn't have the time to manually remove all that rubbish all the time.

I'm not sure I should enable registrations and allow guest posts again. But if someone wants to join and post their stuff there, contact me privately. We can enable registrations for short periods again - and I'd really love to have more people and more discussions over there. The forums are PG-13 by default (not my choice, it's what Otherworlds is), but even within those restrictions, lots of things would be possible.
wiseheart: (gold dragon)
"Morgana Watches" has just been posted to [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms and to FF.Net. I hope you like it, my friend. I know it's a bit early, but I don't know when I'd next be able to draw a breath, with all the pre-Christmas activity at home and at school, not to mention our concert on Sunday and all that hectic stuff.

Have fun!
wiseheart: (Alagos)
Alagos icon today, because I'm seriously working on finishing The Web of Darkness. The fact that I've finally figured out how the story is gonna end helps enormously. *g*
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wiseheart: (gold dragon)
Now that German tv has started showing Merlin (the BBC series), I've brought forth my 1st season DVDs, courtesy of the most generous [livejournal.com profile] the_wild_iris and re-watched the first couple of episoded to compare them with the dubbed version. I came to the conclusion that German dubbing actually isn't half bad this time. (Unlike in Torchwood where they successfully eliminated some of the really important half-comments, like Jack coming back for Ianto in the first place, and only additionally for all the others; or that he couldn't even *look* at Gwen after the horrors of CoE - but I digress).
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