Opening weekend, I went to see Thor Ragnorok. I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular since I had seen several trailers. Then, I was shocked that Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 93%. What in the world was I missing. I bought my tickets, packed up the wifey, and went to find out.
Change. It can be beautiful. It can be ugly. It can be wonderful. It can be tragic. The journey to change many times is a difficult one but within the difficulty there is a beauty that once we reach the destination makes it all worth it. This is currently the journey that I’m on. Many things are changing here at RIU headquarters. As in most things in life, everything hasn’t worked out exactly as I would like to but that’s okay. I’m learning a lot and persevering. However, the change continues. There’s one more change that is going to happen here that I want to share with you.
Because of the genre of material that I write, I’m often talking about things besides the writing projects that I’m working on. You will find a lot of posts about film, television, books, video games, and all things related to the things that I write which would be supernatural, superheroic, action-adventure and fantasy. That’s why today I’m going to be talking about a big reveal on Gotham which I saw coming during season three but that is because, of course, I am a superhero nerd. Well, what I knew was coming finally arrived.
I’m a superhero fan. I’ll be a superhero fan until the day I die. That love has filtered over into the kind of stories I love to create. Superheroes, however, pose a unique problem because it’s not strictly science fiction and it’s not strictly fantasy. As a writer, how do you categorize where you’ll list it on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and the rest of the online book distributors? This has always been a problem for those who write in the area of superheroes. I explain at length in this post.
There are myriad kinds of fiction writers in the world today. All kinds of stories are being written for the enjoyment and ponderment of the masses. Out of all those different kinds of writers, I’m of the opinion that those in the area of science fiction and fantasy — and their many offspring — have more work to do then that of their counterparts in say romance or crime thrillers.
The latter have their stories take place in the real world and much of what we see in those stories are extrapolated from reality through their research (if they’re good). It’s different for the science fiction and fantasy writer. For them, new worlds have to be created. If not new worlds then the changes in the real world have to be created. In short, takes a lot of creativity to be a science fiction or fantasy writer and much of that creativity is setting in the story. There is a lot of work involved behind the scenes before the story is ever written.