First of all, BIG announcement! I was told of this a while ago, but due to uncertainties with my personal life conflicting with the schedule of events, I was not sure until just yesterday. Now, I can say without holding back that I am able to attend Otakon 2017, and will be presenting again this year! The name of my panel is "My, What Long Lineages You Have! The Oddly Stagnant Histories in Fantasy Literature and Anime." In it, I will be discussing the odd tendency Fantasy settings have toward extremely long Medieval periods of history, sometimes stretching so far back that, by the time the story is taking place, they probably should have been on spaceships a long time ago. I packed the room and kept the room packed last year, and I'm hoping for a repeat performance (less the proposal at the end - I've managed to keep just the one fiancee.)
Join me at 9am on Friday, the first possible time slot, down in DC. I will be in Panel 1, and though I have that personal life obligation preventing me from staying the rest of the weekend, I will at least endeavor to be there as long as possible on Friday.
Now, onto the next topic - the second episode of Freddy van Z on Fantasy! This will be the last episode until the convention, as I have to work on my presentation, but after that I'm hoping to be able to work on one episode every week, week and a half.
I didn't make any episode notes, but I did want to talk a bit about this topic. Plus, I have a cool announcement.
Have you ever spoken to another Fantasy fan about a book you're in the middle of reading, and they've followed along every step along the way? That's something you just don't see when trying to do the same with a friend who isn't so into Fantasy. Maybe if they watch Game of Thrones, they kinda get it - kinda - but not the way one of our own people would.
This is the ever-changing Vernacular of Fantasy, a fluid dialect which we all share in not because we've all read the same books, but because we know how to put our minds into that special zone where we accept what is told to us even if it seems ridiculous to our rational minds. Its the same sort of mindset one must be in when studying esoteric subjects like Philosophy, but once you know how to do it you won't even realize it's happening.
Other genres don't have this unique property in their fans, at least not to the extent that Fantasy fans exhibit, and its one of the reasons why those who say Fantasy is bad for kids and adults alike are simply ridiculous. Do people take Fantasy in their lives too far sometimes? Yes, but the same can be said of any media or genre thereof. The unique benefit of Fantasy is that it makes one more pliant to new ideas while still being expectant of proof not to necessarily be naive, at least so long as they're reading good,well-written Fantasy.
So here's my video on this subject, as well as the SoundCloud link. Please, leave a comment, subscribe to the YouTube Channel, anything to show that you love me, and DEFINITELY come to see me at Otakon if you happen to be attending!
Until next time, all - farewell.
Download Link: https://soundcloud.com/freddy-van-z/freddy-van-z-on-fantasy-002-vernacular
Francis van Zandt writes about writing, fantasy, and fantasy writing. Updates come once a week or so, time and inspiration allowing.