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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Tue May 17, 2022 at 01:00:48 am EDT (Viewed 155 times)
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Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 08:36:33 pm EDT (Viewed 154 times)

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      A little surprised there is not one with TV and movies, although there may have been one in the past and I did not pay attention to it.



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    When I look at the menu, I see a Movies board and a Television board, and the links work. Do you not see them?


This is a result of my poor wording. I should have worded it...

"I am surprised there is not a board for literature, as there are ones for TV and movies". My other comment is some boards come and go based on their traffic over the years. Mostly in the Second String sanctuary but it happens, so I cannot rule that out. I have been around a while though.


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      Generally, I read alot of fantasy (sword and sorcery medieval fantasy, urban fantasy in particular), horror and science fiction and various combinations of those.

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        ...I came into that largely through playing D&D in high school. Sort of led to Tolkien, numerous D&D novelizations and however many sense. Oddly, one of my favorite ongoing is urban fantasy and is the Dresden Files.



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    That's cool that you played D&D. I never managed to find a group where I was. At one point, like 20 years ago, I tried to get a group together, but I wasn't successful.


Still play sometimes. I love playing it. Heck, I like reading some of the original manuals for prior additions. The material on classic Planescape and Ravenloft in particular is pretty great IMO.


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      ...I read a fair bit in it still but if I am to be honest I think alot of the things I read often have sci-fi elements more than being pure sci-fi anymore.



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    What would be some examples?


I just finished a novel/novella called Shattered Sea's. It is sort of an Aliens meets Lovecraft. A group of marines goes to an undersea base because they stopped hearing back and it turns out they dug too deep. It is inspired by a board game called Deep Madness that is quite good as well.

Some others I could think of is the Troop. Not great but science turned tape worms into killers. One could argue about how sci-fi that is I guess. The other ones that spring to mind that fit the bill better would be the Luminous Dead and Ship of Fools.


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      I mean I am a major watcher of horror films in particular and I still read a fair bit in it.



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    Horror is unique in that it lends itself so well to movies yet also (for different reasons) lends itself really well to prose. And some of the best horror prose (Lovecraft comes to mind) is very challenging to translate to a visual medium, because the prose relies so heavily on narration.


I honestly think in some respects some of the best satire can be told through horror. As it forces the exploration of the darker sides of human nature and morality stories.

I agree with cosmic horror. The narration aspect makes it hard and so does the undescribable horror. It is hard to do that sort of thing justice when you have to show it.

Among my favorite of such films though would be the two silent films by the HP Lovecraft society called Call of Cthulhu and Whisperer in Darkness. In addition to the Thing by John Carpenter, the Void, Color Out of Space and oddly the Lucio Fulci film The Beyond. Although many of the later's works are heavily inspired.

There are a few good trailers that never were made into movies but were student films on youtube. The not horror as such film Annihilation is also very Lovecraftian to me. Two other more recent ones would be Underwater and Superdeep.


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      Honestly, superhero may become nearest to me for that definition. And that had more to do with me not enjoying comics as much but enjoying the movie adaptations a fair bit. I am not sure if it was growing up, having seen stories repeat or whatever.

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        I know there are loads of gripes from some about SJW ruining it but to me that is not it. Comics have a dropping readership for a while now and I feel like they cater to the pop up "shock" moments to try and pull in interest and are not as interested in continuing stories of x. It is more so-and-so is writing and we turned them loose to tell their story. Which is often not as compelling to me and ends up with everything being a muddled mess and uninteresting.



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    I tend to agree with you here. The Marvel movies are immensely superior to modern Marvel comics. I would no longer be a Marvel fan at all if not for the movies. I occasionally buy a particular modern story arc because it seems unusually interesting, but mostly the only printed Marvel material I buy is from last century. But I enjoy the movies.


I buy something on the rare occasion but I used to buy alot regularly.



I don't think there was ever a literature board but there used to be a Music Board. Unfortunately the searchable archives of shuttered boards are not available, as far as I know.



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