Monday, February 25, 2008

Two Trends

So I watched the Oscars last night. I had a few thoughts (only a few) but i thought i'd share them in the form of questions. None of the winning actors were american, all of them were amazingly talented but certainly not american. (Daniel Day, Tilda Swinton, Javier Bardem, and Maria Cotillard.) As the world becomes increasingly small and increasingly flat how important do you think it is that fantasy keep up? Another quetion it raised for me was: "why keep tackling social issues with a thin veneer of fantasy over them to make them more palatable as fantasy often has in the past?" I get that the half black half white guy from star trek was a step forward in his day, but isn't it time contemporary fantasy started to kick the walls down like it has historically?Fantasy and science ficiton readers are the smartest and most reasonable i know of, do we think they can't handle it? What are some good examples of this being done if anyone knows of any. Neil Gaiman tackled some great ones in American gods, things about immigration and the loss of our past, but there should be more. What are some issues fantasy stands in a good position to tackle?
On another note, i also saw a lot of the big pictures being 'adaptations' of novels. Anybody in here fantasize about anything of theres on the big screne? How about stuff that ISN'T yours, but that definitely needs a movie treatment?

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