301+ Interviews: Geek Crash Course

Mat Greenfield | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Tech
Mat Greenfield

The geek shall inherit the Earth, but for now we just dominate popular entertainment. In a world where properties in traditionally "geek" genres have become the heart of billion-dollar franchises, spanning multiple interconnecting mediums and calling back to decades-old source material, it can be hard for new fans to catch up...

Does a Post-Satire World Indicate the Death of Fantasy?

Jasper Fforde | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasper Fforde

Firstly, that while chaos is really very lovely in a coastline or a forest or a cup of tea, I'm not convinced it would be much fun on a global scale. I'd miss Radio 4 and I've got used to the idea that my Co-op always has a ready stock of chutney. Secondly - and far more importantly - I'd be out of a job if I couldn't think up ideas that weren't actually likely to happen.

The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris (Interview)

Alice Charles | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Joanne Harris is perhaps best-known for her Whitbread-shortlisted novel Chocolat (which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp in 2000). While any author would envy the book's success, the title has overshadowed her other work - namely her forays into the fantasy genre.

The Importance of Imagination

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Imagination has kept me sane and even happy for years, helped me survive the real world. Music speaks to every emotion I've ever felt, expressing for me when I cannot. Paintings and drawings remind me of the beauty of life. And stories are my escapism, characters my best friends.

New Year - New Career? Or Not

Xavier Toby | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

For many, this is the first official working week of the year. Which sucks. Perhaps you've already been back at work for a week or more? Sucked in. Maybe you're one of those rare people who adore their job, and have been counting down the days until you can get back to work as if it's Christmas. You freak.

Miles Cameron, Red Knight Author (Interview)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The popularity of the fantasy genre continues unabated as the success of the TV show Game of Thrones amply demonstrates. Now comes Miles Cameron's The Fell Sword, the second in his Red Knight series.

It's a Fine Line Between Imagination and Fantasy, and Most of Our Young Men Are on the Wrong Side

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

We can't afford to look away from this. Our present addiction to gaming and porn is a very serious matter, which needs confronting, just as any other addiction does. Our addictive fantasy world existence is actually hindering our development as a species. It is stunting us all, by suppressing our imaginations.

The Reality Behind Sexual Fantasy: What Women's Fantasies Reveal

Emily Dubberley | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Dubberley

CONTAINS SEXUALLY EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: While honest and open discussion may help us see sex from a new perspective, it doesn't necessarily take us any closer to universal answers; sex is complicated and our fantasies are a reflection of our individuality and influences.

Riddick - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The first third of Riddick drags like a wet bank holiday Monday, or a party political broadcast in bullet time. Despite being stranded on a planet full of a ravenous dingo-type predators, our hero manages to fend them off, pinches one of the cubs/puppies (reminiscent of Scrappy-Doo in the Scooby-Doo live-action version), and clashes with assorted scorpion-like beasts.

Book Review: The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

Robert Bradley | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Celebrated for his various fantasy works and the award winning novel Osama. Tidhar's latest outing makes it clearly evident that he is also cut from an identical cloth of my own and thus a great fan of the comic book genre.

The First Law

David Hynes | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Hynes

For the next big fantasy production, look no further than Joe Abercrombie's The First Law. This superb trilogy is eminently placed to both fill in the void of any Game of Thrones withdrawal, and also compliment fantasy television's growing fanbase.

Reading Books Will Ruin Your Life

Hayley Morgan | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hayley Morgan

One day, books will be like antiques. A standard paperback will cost hundreds of pounds depending on the year and edition. War and Peace will be out of print. And I will be an old lady with only dreams of ghosts of cats, telling the illiterate kids on the block how these same streets were once paved in books, each one costing less than a halfpenny.

The Ultimate Competition Giveaways: Money Can't Buy

Benj Skinner | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Benj Skinner

Here's my definitive guide to the best prizes imaginable. Now all we need to do is wait for technology to catch up

The Hobbit - 'Unexpected' Sounds About Right

Tim Manton | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tim Manton

The Hobbit is something of a wonder. On one hand, it's an endearingly unique fantasy romp that will impress fans with it's choice of casting and win over the rest with a mix of charm and stunning visual pieces. On the other, not only is it around 170 minutes long, it's also a bit of a nightmare thinking how Jackson will top this with the next two installments.

Thanks to The Hobbit, I'm Officially a Proper Geek Again

Olivia Rudgard | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Rudgard

There's something about the scope of Tolkein's creation that completely captures the imagination. The allegories about the triumph of honour, courage and selflessness still ring true, when in other contemporary works they now feel flat and old-fashioned.

Newtown Elementary School Shooting: The Weapons of Violent Fantasy

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK
Professor Ian Robertson

I am not arguing that violent video games caused the Sandy Hook massacre - that would be absurd. Hundreds of millions of men have violent fantasies and many nourish them in an increasingly realistic and brutally violent virtual world.

Inbar Spector | London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Show Review

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Style
Akeela Bhattay

Having vicariously followed her career via Gabby Young (who frequently wears Inbar Spector ensembles on stage) and Katie Antoniou, and then seeing her...

Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Peter Allison | Posted 24.04.2012 | Home
Peter Allison

The brain-child of Horns author Joe Hill, and the artist Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke and Key is an ongoing comic book fantasy-horror series produced by IDW Publishing. The premise of Locke and Key is both stunningly simple and wonderfully original.

Five TV Families Who Need Jeremy Kyle

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Philip Ellis

If we are to believe Tolstoy, happy families are all alike, while every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This is certainly true of the famil...

Of Swiftness and Grace: Mark Chadbourn's Swords of Albion

Peter Allison | Posted 20.03.2012 | Home
Peter Allison

"The Elizabethans lived in a time of transformative new technology. Social change. Religious fundamentalism. Foreign wars for scarce resources. An...

Women in Media

Caryn Franklin | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Style
Caryn Franklin

With the USA following the UK lead in a move towards banning Photoshop in advertising, it's time to reflect on a groundswell of activity that finds us at All Walks Beyond the Catwalk celebrating a shift in energy.

Will 'Once Upon a Time' Be a Hit With the Brits?

Selina Wilken | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Selina Wilken

The newly premiered American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time is only seven episodes in on ABC, yet it is already a huge hit with viewers and critics. But, assuming that a UK channel with pick it up, would a British audience enjoy the shiny, Disneyfied family fairytale?

Terry Nation, Creator of The Daleks, 'Blake's 7' and 'Survivors', Really Wanted To Be A Stand-Up Comedian

John Fleming | Posted 28.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
John Fleming

Yesterday, someone read my Huffington Post piece about Doctor Who in which I mentioned that the series' original budget was £2,000 per show. They p...

Doctor Who - Why I Remember Watching The Very First Episode

John Fleming | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
John Fleming

Alas, I am old enough to have seen the first ever episode of Doctor Who when it was transmitted. It is easy to remember the exact date - Saturday 23 N...

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Minorities

Mark Newton | Posted 19.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Newton

Science fiction and fantasy is a genre that effectively shows the difference between ourselves and the Other. From the alien slums in District 9 to the critique of colonialism within an HG Wells novel, the genre's disregard for reality allows cultural thought experiments to run wild.