Wicked and Tricksy Speculative Blogfest!
Hooray, my first blogfest! It really suits my writing style too. There are three questions to answer. Click the image if you want to join in!
1. Name 3 of your favorite spec-fic stories (books, movies, tv shows, anything goes!)
Cloverfield – I loved the concept of this film. The idea of real life being flipped on its head is something I adore. And then watching how ordinary, non-super powered, totally clueless people cope is fascinating. Plus it's a JJ Abrams project ;) I'm quite the fan.
The X-Files – Possibly the first speculative series I ever saw, and the one that drew me into the genre. What's not to love about this classic show (except seasons 8 and 9?) I loved the paranoia and the good scares! It was sci-fi, it was horror, it was a thriller, it was a comedy and it was absolutely brilliant. I love to go back and watch it every so often and revel in nostalgia. And Scully is an awesome redhead.
Fullmetal Alchemist – One of my favourite anime series. When I heard they were making Brotherhood, I was extremely happy. So, what do we have? An alternate world, alchemy rather than our science, a good pinch of philosophy and lots and lots of action. Also, fantastic characters with engaging histories. Plus the whole world is beautifully animated and the musical score is so perfect and emotive.
2. Then tell us why YOU love spec-fic – what plot line, character type, story trope, setting, time, place is your absolute favorite.
I love the freedom speculative fiction offers. I can write an adventure story set in the modern day and incorporate fantasy, sci-fi and horror elements. I love using contemporary settings and spicing it up with lots of magic, super-powers and different technology. It's just so much fun! I love the genres speculative covers because my writing never quite fits into a single genre. It suits my crazy imagination.
3. And finally, take a guess if you can: where do you see spec-fic stories going in the next two, five, ten years? What will be popular and how will the sub-genres have changed?
I think speculative is the next big thing because it allows writers to explore the real world and its issues from a different angle. It's also helping authors break out of genres they don't quite fit. People will experiment more, taking from the various aspects of speculative to create something new. I also think we'll see a boom in steampunk novels, because more are becoming available all the time. I love the re-imagining of our history.
So, feel like answering the same questions? Swing by Wicked and Tricksy and join in!