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  #432 New September 15th, 2018 04:42 PM
I guess in the end my gripe is with marketers who've pushed the fantasy genre beyond the breaking point, and how newer and younger people being exposed to the genre really don't know any better about the historical origins of folklore and fantasy, and how things have just become to contorted to the point of being ludicrous and unrecognizable as having anything to do with the historic basis and frame work from which all that mythology originates.


And it's not like this is anything new because the Arthurian legends themselves are said to be far older than the period of the middle ages in which they're traditionally set. Perseus and Andromeda has been revamped in the form of a medieval knight saving a princess from a dragon. And Snow White herself was actually a loose woman who "serviced" seven dwarves living in a German forest cottage, and was later killed by the townsfolk for doing so. A far cry from Disney's innocent waif.

But those are typically updates of the story, not really alterations for the sake of trying to dazzle the audience with visuals for the sake of it. Eventually King Arthur, Jason, Perseus, Ulysses and whoever else you want to add in there, will have their myths updated to something for what will be a contemporary audience. But one hopes that the conveyors of classical or medieval myths will do so with a little more respect.

Probably not. I can see something like The Viking Sagas being set in some interdimensional setting (for whatever that's worth) with people in designer bodies or something. And comic books have actually reworked classical myths to tell contemporary tales with social criterias, but that's A) different from telling the same tale without some agenda, and B) and just not being true to the original fable.

The passing down of fables, legends, folklore, mythology from one generation to the next is part of how we maintain our continuity. And as creatures subject to nature we alter ourselves (or try to) depending, quite literally, on which way the wind blow. If we live near a volcano, then we come up with gods and heroes relating to volcanism. If we live near the ocean, then we create stuff relating to the sea or ocean, or even lake or other body water. And we add onto those stories as we evolve. But at some point those stories, like all math, reach a "maxima" in terms of how much they can be beneficially tweaked, or so I'm of the opinion. And when you start adding stuff that's just really impractical, then you're doing a disservice to those stories, and are undercutting your own efforts to tell your version.

Santa had elves. But all his elves were short, and more Spock like pointy ears than Word of Warcraft scaled ears, and were a fairly happy bunch; i.e. they didn't go around shooting people with enchanted bows. And from that we get dark elves, high elves, wood elves, and just a whole plethora of medieval folk with all kinds of crazy weapons and gear that no medieval person or anyone from any era on any social level (except for today's gamers) would recognize.

In the end this kind of stuff, on average, tends to burn itself out. But I'm not so sure that's going to be the case for the classic fantasy genre, which is part of the reason I posted these log entries. I do think the fantasy genre is going to get twisted, contorted and otherwise misshaped (perhaps perverted) to the point where nothing will be recognizable, and that even the core legend, the actual story and its values, will be lost in a sea of visual dazzlements and minutiae.

It's just my two Imperial Credits worth.

Thanks for reading.
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