Not long ago, I decided to sit down and finally watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I was ambivalent about watching it because (1) I was never really a hardcore Harry Poter fan (mainly because I just didn’t catch the wave of Potter Pandemonium when it first rippled through America), (2) the previews didn’t get me very excited and, (3) call me a Debbie Downer, but I thought the premise was a bit silly. I mean a foreign wizard irresponsibly loses his magical beasts, adding trouble to an already magically-troubled America? (Great! Let’s give that man a visa!)
Despite these things, I understand that Rowling is a very clever writer, which I both appreciate and admire. That being said, I had to give it a try. So today, I’m sharing some of my thoughts about Fantastic Beasts, though I don’t intend this to be a full-blown review or summarize the plot in any way.
(Want a video version of this post? Check this out!)
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I’ll try to make this one quick, but in a nutshell…let’s talk movies and TV shows.
…Dieselpunk or diesel-era-inspired ones, that is!
Any kind of story that is set in or inspired by the early 1900s almost always catches my interest, so today I thought I’d share some of my favorite action and adventure movies and TV shows that fall under this category.
Hope you enjoy!
Have you seen any of these movies or TV shows before?
If so, what did you think about them? Which of these is your favorite? Which is you least favorite?
I’d probably have to say The Mummy (1999) is my favorite on this list. I’ve seriously watched it more times than I can keep track of. (My protagonist Voi from The Elementalist: Rise of Hara was somewhat inspired by Evelyn Carnahan, the loveable-but-klutzy Egyptologist and librarian heroine from this movie, after all. So there you go.)
I don’t really celebrate holidays much anymore, but for those who do, I hope you have a Happy Holiday(s)!
As I comb through my finished draft of The Elementalist: Rise of Hara (TEROH from here on out), reading it out loud for awkward sentence structures and flowing cadences, I’ve come to realize that my novel has a surprising amount of dark writing themes—surprising to me only because I never intentionally sat down and told myself, “Hey, I’m gonna write a dark fantasy novel!” All the same, it’s making me seriously consider whether my story is even a bit neo-noir.
It’s very much dieselpunk and fantasy, sure, but that doesn’t describe the tone. Not that a series of labels for a novel has to, per se, but if I want to give people a better idea of what they can expect from TEROH, then I wonder now if I should also be adding “neo-noir” to the mix somewhere. (Depending on what version of my blurb I use, I could see people interpreting the story as a light-hearted, swashbuckling type, which could be misleading. Especially if I use my shorter “under 200 words” version versus my slightly longer “under 300 words” one, the latter currently showing on my site.)
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What is dieselpunk, exactly? If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ve probably heard me talk about dieselpunk before. (After all, my WIP is a dieselpunk story.) I’ve even written another article about it, though that was a few years ago.
Well, the other day I decided to make a video explaining what I mean when I use the term dieselpunk.
What is Dieselpunk?
Though young, there is a growing community of enthusiasts who are positively gung-ho about this cultural phenomenon. (Just take a look at dieselpunks.org!) I think I may have a slightly broader outlook on the definition of this movement than others, but essentially, dieselpunk is both a sub-genre and aesthetic drawing inspiration from early 20th-century aesthetics, attitudes, ideas, technology, etc. that applies a more contemporary outlook using speculative and/or anachronistic elements. In the video, I explain some of the staples of dieselpunk and also share some examples of what it looks like in movies, books, video games, and comics.
For other great takes on what makes dieselpunk unique, check out these links below:
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Remember how I said I was thinking about starting an Instagram account related to my Element 7/WIP project?
Well, here it is! (I have my Instagram feed on the bottom of my sidebar here, as well.)
Basically, I’ll be posting about anything awesome that’s related to dieselpunk, fantasy novels and elemental magic as well as technology and fashion from the early 1900s.
Now, back to editing. (Hoping to get through another scene by the end of the night.)