WtF a Broadcast Episode #10: Heroic Fantasy

Last night on the webcast we talked about heroic fantasy and about what differentiates it from sword and sorcery. We discussed some books, movies, and tv shows that are prime examples of the genre. A few of the things we talked about were various books by David Gemmell, Riftwar Saga, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Willow, and The Vision of Escaflowne. We also brought up how much both Greek myths and Arthurian legend myths have influenced this genre.

Panelists:

June Faramore
Lisa Richardson
CJ Casey

Webcast Notes:

  • 0:00:01 – intro and theme song
  • 0:02:41 – definition and relationship to sword and sorcery
  • 0:06:56 – a few examples of heroic fantasy tropes in fiction
  • 0:09:34 – David Gemmell works
  • 0:12:57 – reluctant heroes – Riftwar Saga and LoTR
  • 0:17:00 – Harry Potter aside, more Gemmell, Trojan War
  • 0:21:07 – Arthurian myths in movies and books – Excalibur, Mary Stewart, Stephen Lawhead
  • 0:27:30 – The Belgariad as Arthurian myth and Hero’s Journey, Hero’s Journey and Star Wars
  • 0:32:03 – The Matrix, off topic – Interview with a Vampire film
  • 0:37:21 – other examples fitting genre tropes – Dune, Mistborn trilogy, OT – Stephen King
  • 0:42:43 – Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and OT – Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • 0:47:07 – heroic fantasy or sword and sorcery – Willow
  • 0:49:49 – heroic fantasy in anime – The Vision of Escaflowne, Last Exile
  • 0:55:58 – wrap up, theme song

Recommendations:

David EddingsThe Belgariad
Raymond E. Feist – Riftwar Saga
Stephen Lawhead
T.H. White – The Once and Future King
Alfred Tennyson – Idylls of the King
David GemmellLegend, also his Arthur books and Troy books
Mary Stewart – The Merlin Series – The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day, The Prince and the Pilgrim

Movies – Star Wars, The Matrix, Willow, Excalibur

T.V. – Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Mists of Avalon

Anime – The Vision of Escaflowne, Last Exile

Resources – The Demarcation of Sword and Sorcery
by Joseph A. McCullough V, Heroic Fantasy – the Literature of Transcendence by Kate Forsyth, T.V. Tropes – Heroic Fantasy

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