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Authors Want Multimedia Deals

With the monstrous success in the past decade or so, is it so surprising that authors are working to get movie deals?  This brings a wonderful opportunity to new artists.  It proves that the literary world is not dead.  It takes a special kind of author to be able to handle this though.  Recently, I have seen an IMDB page for “The Warded Man” which is based off a novel series called “the Demon Cycle” by Peter V Brett.  You will be getting a review of the first book of the Demon Cycle in the coming days.  I’ll just say right off the bat, it’s a great read.  My hope is that Mr. Brett can handle the multimedia world, the same way that Brandon Sanderson has.  If you don’t already know, Mr. Sanderson is involved in “Infinity Blade”.  It is a book and video game that work great together.  I do recommend that you take a look any time you see Brandon Sanderson connected to it.

So what’s the danger in working on media deals?  Let’s take a look at a couple authors who have not done it right.  I want to say, these writers are great and I love their books.  I have great respect for them, but George RR Martin and David Farland (Wolverton) seem to have let the work towards media deals get in the way of their writing.  Mr. Martin is well known for the amount of time it takes for him to complete a novel, which is so hard on “A Song of Ice and Fire” fanatics.  Don’t get me wrong, he has paved the way for fantasy fiction authors to move into pop-culture, but can we get through the series with you as the author?  Mr. Farland had been on a good run of releasing “Runelords” novels.  Now that the ninth and final book in the series has come up, he seems more interested in a movie deal and other multimedia dreams than finishing his novel.  To be fair, his son was in a terrible longboard accident a few years back.  I truly feel for him and his family, but the book should have been done by that time.  As you have seen, I have been in contact with David Farland and I have full faith that the ninth novel will be as brilliant as we have come to expect from his amazing writing style.

So what am I saying about writers trying to move beyond the pages?  I’m saying that they should go for it!  But when they do go all out, don’t forget the fans who have made them a household name.  I have full faith that my favorite series will continue and be finished, even if there is a slight delay in their releases.  Keep writing those great novels and turning them into other media authors out there!

J.R.

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Wake Up!

Good Afternoon Interwebs!!!!

After a long break, I have renewed vigor for the site.  In the coming weeks, you can expect some opinions, some hope for the future of GreatFantasyFictionMedia and some more book reviews.  I’m looking forward to a new poster, who will share even more on the great worlds and media that is being put out there by great authors and designers.  Keep you heads up.  We are back with a capital B. (OK, the b wasn’t a capital, but you know what I mean)

J.R.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey… The Second TV Spot

Yet another TV Spot to get nerds like me all excited? Yes please!  That’s right.  Thanks to the wonders of Youtube, we now have the second TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  After watching this one, the nerdy cockles of my heart are fluttering. (Do cockles flutter?)  Now we only have to wait until December 14th and the beginning of the… beginning can start?  Hopefully, this does not go with the tradition of prequels that we have endured. (Star Wars and Prometheus)  I have a lot of hope and faith in Peter Jackson.  I just hope that it is not put toward the wrong person.  Are you as excited about the Hobbit as me?  Let me know what you think.  In the coming weeks, I will be sharing how I will be preparing myself.

Happy viewing,

J.R.


I’m back

Hey Interweb!  I’m sorry for my disappearance.  I hope you all can forgive me.  There has been so much going on lately.  But enough about that.  Here is an update on what we have been waiting for.  No, I have not heard anything about the contest yet:(  Hopefully I do by the end of May though.  Like I said. “If I don’t win, I will post the story on here for you all to enjoy!”  Also, there has been no word from Mr. Farland about Runelords Book 9.  I am keeping my eyes open for any hints.  I am sure he will put the word out to create some buzz.  Oh yeah, Game of Thrones is back!!!!!  I will be getting a review on the beginning of season two in the next couple days.  Let’s hope life slows down a little bit in the coming months so I can keep you all informed and entertained.  God, it’s good to be back.

 

J.R.


Nightingale Novel Short Story Competition

I officially finished and submitted my short story to the Nightingale Novel Short Story Competition. It was a hard process to fit a whole story into 2500 words. The deadline is March 1st, so I’m hoping to hear how I did by April. If I don’t win, I will be posting the story to the site for you all to enjoy, with a possible bovel to follow.(wouldn’t that be exciting?). So cross your fingers for me internet family:).

J.R.

Updates to follow as they become available.


Need something to do over the weekend?

Sometimes we just can’t find anything fun to do for a weekend.  Well look no further!  The Dean has his annual Digital Ubiquitous Film Festival, or DUFF.  It is a weekend evening event for watching movies together on Netflix.  So get an XBOX party together to watch, or leave some comments on what you’re watching.  The list is on The Dean‘s website.  Should be a good time.  Take the time to check his site out as well.  It is a great read.  Enjoy everyone!

 

Happy movie watching.

 

J.R.


Fantasy fiction contest

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Hey all you aspiring writers. Love writing fantasy stories, but know you can’t get published? First, you’re wrong, go to amazon and you can publish your story for free on the kindle indie bookstore. Second, tak a look at this great writing contest on fantasywritingcontest.com. It is a great chance to try to win some money, and get your story published to get your name out there. It is being hosted by Fantasy faction. They happen to be a great site for everything fantasy, of course not better than me, and give great advice for writers in their blog section. Your story will have to be original and unpublished, fantasy in genre, and no more than 8,000 words. (They don’t mention a minimum, but I would try to make it a good length story.) hurry up and get writing as they start taking stories on Feb 1st. Good writing all.

J.R.


New blog

Hey everyone. Before you ask, no I’m not shutting down this blog, but I am starting a second. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for fantasy, and I just want to share my thoughts. The new site is far less structured, but you may just get a little entertainment from it. It will be my forum of randomization. I hope you all have fun reading posts on JR’s World. Once again, this blog will continue to be updated, so please keep reading.

J.R.


Star Wars: The Old Republic; Initial Impressions: Story

Here is a great first impression review of TOR. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have. You should also follow Kevin’s blog. It has some stellar posts.

J.R.

From the Mind of Kevin

Star Wars: The Old Republic is the new MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) from Bioware, the developer responsible for such games as Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I was a big fan of World of Warcraft back in the day, so I’ve always been interested in trying out a new MMO. As I’m also a big Star Wars fan, this game was perfect for me! In this ‘First Impressions’ series I’m going to be taking a look at each of the different aspects of the game – starting here with Story.

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It’s 2012… So What?

So what?! How dare I! 2012 should, actually, be a great year. (If you ignore that whole end of the world thing). There are a few things that have me more excited than anything else. “But what could those be?”, you may be asking. So in true nerd fashion, I have a list of things I can’t wait for.

1. My wedding- OK, I know most of you could care less about this event. In fact, some may complain that it has nothing to do with fantasy. Think of it this way. I am an extreme nerd. My wife to be is both hot, and a nerd. To me this is a real life fantasy. (OK, that was pretty sappy. But it may earn me brownie points.).

2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- What is there not to be excited about? Not only are we getting return appearances from many beloved cast members of Lord of the Rings, but we also get to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo. We can just say this movie will be a home run. Oh yeah, let’s not forget that Peter Jackson is, once again, taking the helm. The most exciting actor for me is Mr. Martin Freeman. We’ve seen him rise from a costar in “Ali G Indahouse” to everyone’s favorite second to last human in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. (Let’s not forget his roles in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”.). Most recently, I’ve enjoyed his portrayal of Dr. John Watson in the BBC series, Sherlock. (It’s in Netflix. You should watch it). He may have been a comedic actor for most of his career, but it will be a treat to see him in such an important role.

3. Game of Thrones: Season 2- What more needs to be said? HBO makes great shows and this has been a delight. The casting is perfect and the story is, obviously, fantastic. This series sticks to the books so well, it may be a better adaptation than the Starz series of Pillars of the Earth. (Loved that show too). Having read the series, I promise this season will be epic. (unless they royally screw the pooch). Prepare yourself for more Tyrion and Daenerys. Let’s just hope the ratings stay up so we can get the whole story. (Please don’t pull another Rome HBO)

4. Cubs World Series- OK, another non-fantasy excitement. Though it is just as unlikely as finding one ring to rule them all. Since the world is supposed to end on December 21st, it would only make sense for it to be the year the Cubs win the World Series.

If you are still reading this, thank you, and let me know what you’re most excited about for 2012. Maybe it’s on my list, or maybe it should have been. I can’t wait to hear what you can’t wait for.

J.R.

P.S. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. It was a busy Holiday season. I can’t believe we are in month four of the blog. Thank you to all of my readers.