Another good fantasy movie from the 80s that I enjoy is The NeverEnding Story. Readers often imagine themselves entering the world of the books they read. In this film, that literally happens for one young boy. He reads a book and discovers he has become part of the story. I like how the fantasy world of Fantasia is the physical incarnation of human imagination. On the downside, this film also shows what happens to human imagination when it is subjected to cynicism and despair. That nihilistic despair takes the form of a force called The Nothing, which gradually destroys Fantasia one region at a time. The film also shows how hope can be restored in the darkest of times. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a peek at human imagination.
As soon as I am done with the Magnus Dynasty Saga, I will be doing a spin-off trilogy that will be a classical fantasy quest story. It will focus on a new group of characters who will go on a quest that could potentially save Gradaia, facing numerous dangers along the way. This will give you a closer look at parts of Gradaia that were no featured in the Magnus Dynasty Saga. I already have the story planned and I look forward to getting to work on it as soon as possible.
Before I started my first fantasy book, I had difficulty building the history, lore, and overall structure of my stories’ respective worlds. As a result, my stories’ worlds were all over the place to the point in which they confused my readers. One of the most important aspects of writing stories is building your world. When I wrote Numen the Slayer, I managed to build my own fantasy world from the ground up. I managed this by binge-watching countless medieval historical documentaries and was able to model various kingdoms, characters, and events on what I learned. One of the best way to build a world is to take something like a historical event and use it as a blueprint on how you want your world to be shaped. I enjoy world building lately because it allowed me to have a much more vivid picture on what kind of world my characters lived in and what kind of world I wanted my readers to see.
I had an interesting thought about the elves in my fantasy world. At first, I thought of making elves extinct, but now I am toying with the possibility of some surviving the invasion of the Homantians thousands of years ago. However, will these last elves be the same benevolent creatures they were centuries ago? I can imagine the atrocities they witnessed and the hatred they accumulated corrupted them into dark elves. Compared to high elves, dark elves are pure evil and are frightening practitioners of dark magic. What if at some point these dark elves are awakened and start plotting their long-awaited revenge against humanity? I think I will be adding hints, clues, and foreshadows in the third book and maybe start a sub-series that focuses on the dark elves’ blood-stained return.
For the past month, I have been formulating a blueprint on how the story of my third fantasy book will be told. I have been brainstorming various events both big and small that will take place throughout the main character’s reign. There will be wars, political intrigue, tragedies, and triumphs throughout the story. I am eager to get started on the actual book and I will keep you updated on any developments.
One of the most iconic fantasy organizations would be the rangers. Rangers are a militant group who specialize in swordsmanship, archery, hunting, and interacting with nature. In Game of Thrones, we have seen rangers in the Night’s Watch. In Middle-Earth, we have seen nomadic Dunedain rangers such as Aragorn who quietly defend the lands they roam through. There was a book series called The Ranger’s Apprentice, which depicts its own version of rangers. The ranger archetype has also made appearances in many games such as Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft. I am thinking of introducing rangers in my third fantasy book and how their order is founded. I will be basing my rangers on the Knight’s Templar and the Musketeers.
I have updated the map of my fantasy world, Gradaia. I received comments that the border lines of the original version did not look realistic. So in order to make it look more authentic, I have modified the border lines by making them thinner and more jagged. The jagged lines would show how each kingdom’s borders changed over the centuries.