Fantasy

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The premise for Harris' Midnight, Texas series sounds like the set-up for a corny joke: a witch, a vampire, a psychic and a couple of angels occupy the same small town and are hoping to stay under the radar. Now Harris throws ghosts and demons into the mix. What's next, gnomes and unicorns?

Five People Who Just Can't Handle G.O.T Season 6 Anticipation

Angela Jenkins | Joanna Carrigan | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 has been ten long months in the making, which is apparently far too long for some people, judging by their outpourings ...

Unleash the Night: Dark Fantasy and Allegory

Hazel Butler | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

Dark Fantasy has always been my favourite genre. Whether I'm reading or writing, it is a genre I return to again and again. This is partly due to my l...

Letting Go of the Fantasy of Mr Right and Learning to Love for Real

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

I see now that my understanding of love and the journey I've been on to get where I am today reflect my personality and my inner battles. These may be unique to me, but I share them in the hope some of you can relate.

On the Set of 'Await Further Instructions' - The Next Big British Horror?

Roger Crow | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I'm on the East Yorkshire set, and the concept art, story, and the fact it features David Bradley (Harry Potter, The Strain, Game of Thrones) has me intrigued. The rest of the cast are also on good form; there are some stars in the making here.

The Christmas Fantasy

Canon J.John | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Canon J.John

In many ways modern society demands that we should be successes. We are supposed to be those who by our determination or personality make our own destiny and triumph over all that life throws at us so that we succeed and prosper.

Writing Out Gender Bias

John Allen | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
John Allen

I thought we all lived in a modern society where things like gender and racial bias if not completely eliminated, were rapidly becoming a thing of the past in the west. It seems not. The fact that Naomi admitted to doing it herself gave me a little relief.

Why We Should All Be Embracing Fantasy Technology

Leila Johnston | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Tech
Leila Johnston

There is a strong case that artists, proponents of the emotional, fantastical, connective and not immediately economically useful, are being squeezed out by the overwhelming corporate pressures governing everything technological.

Big Mouth Strikes Again

Simon Pegg | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Simon Pegg

The 'dumbing down' comment came off as a huge generalisation by an A-grade asshorn. I did not mean that science fiction or fantasy are dumb, far from it. How could I say that? In the words of Han Solo, "Hey, it's me!" In the last two weeks, I have seen two brilliant exponents of the genre. Ex Machina and Mad Max: Fury Road, both of which had my head spinning in different and wonderful ways and are both very grown up films...

Fantasy and Reality - Where Do You Draw the Line?

Sarah Pinborough | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Pinborough

I'm stating nothing new when I say that imagination is the most powerful tool humankind has. Imagination has put man on the moon. The 'fantasists', science fiction writers and film-makers did it way earlier than the 'realist' scientists, but one certainly fed into the other.

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.