Urban Fantasy? – Part Two: 28 TV Shows & Movies

urbanfantasy2

Urban fantasy is not just a literary genre; it is also a Television and Movie genre, even if it isn’t necessarily referred to as such by many people in TV Land or Hollywood. Urban fantasy shows have been around for quite a while, starting with the likes of the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, both of which were more sci-fi than anything else but still had some urban fantasy elements to them. The urban fantasy genre didn’t really take off though until about ten years ago, when a slew of new shows came along that featured supernatural characters and goings on in a largely urban setting. There’s a good chance you’ve seen some of them.

Television –

  • Once Upon a Time A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
  • Gargoyles A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland long ago.
  • Grimm A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer A young girl, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.
  • The Vampire Diaries A teenage girl is torn between two vampire brothers.
  • Sleepy Hollow Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
  • True Blood – This show features every Urban Fantasy trope you can think of, from vampires to werewolves to fairies and everything in between.
  • Supernatural – Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.
  • Hemlock Grove A teenage girl is brutally murdered, sparking a hunt for her killer. But in a town where everyone hides a secret, will they find the monster among them?
  • Penny Dreadful Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.
  • Angel – The vampire, Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.
  • Lost Girl – Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.
  • Dead Like Me – A college dropout, Georgia “George” Lass is killed by a toilet seat that falls from the MIR space station on her first day at a temp agency. Upon death, she is recruited for a team of grim reapers – undead who mix among the living and take people’s souls just before they die. Along with fellow team members Mason, Roxy, Betty, and leader Rube, George discovers life after life.
  • Being Human – A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost try to live together and get along.

Movies –

  • The Harry Potter Movies – Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Ghostbusters – Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
  • Hellboy A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.
  • Hellboy II – The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.
  • Big Trouble in Little China – An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
  • Underworld – Selene is a beautiful vampire warrior entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.
  • Underworld Evolution – Picking up directly from the previous film, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael, hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.
  • The Covenant – Four young men who belong to a supernatural legacy are forced to battle a fifth power long thought to have died out. Another great force they must contend with is the jealousy and suspicion that threatens to tear them apart.
  • Groundhog Day – A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.
  • Blood & Chocolate – A young teenage werewolf is torn between honoring her family’s secret and her love for a man.
  • Blade – A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
  • Interview with the Vampire – A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
  • Highlander An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize”.
  • Constantine – A man struggling with his faith is haunted by the sins of his past, but is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

 What are some of your favorites?

I’m in the process of writing my third urban fantasy book, called “Egg of the Amphitere.”  It’s from my Dragomeir Series which includes “The Emerald Dragon” and “Flight of the Aguiva.”  If you like dragon books, or creatures like vampires, hellhounds and sabers, come check them out at my website

 www.solitaireparke.com

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

What is Urban Fantasy? – Part 1

 

 urbanfantasy

Urban fantasy describes a work that is set primarily in the real world and contains aspects of fantasy. These matters may involve the arrivals of alien races, the discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence between humans and paranormal beings, conflicts between humans and malicious paranormals, and subsequent changes to city management.  Many urban fantasy novels geared toward adults are told via a first-person narrative, and often feature mythological beings.

The term “urban fantasy” has been in use in print from as far back as the early 20th century. However, when used then, the term described a characteristic of some object or place. It was not until the 1980s that the term began to describe a style of fiction, written, performed in theatre, or filmed for Hollywood and television. The following sites each have a description of Urban Fantasy –

 

Know of some other interesting sites?  Please Share!

Solitaire

 

7 Quotes That Will Make You Smile :)

 smile-443751-m

In the dragon books of the Dragomeir Series, the main character, Tanis, is a man of multiple talents. He is a Thaumaturgist and a skilled warrior, a mentor to others like him, and an amazing dragon rider with not one, but two dragons to manage on a day to day basis. Then there is his relationship to the Queen Mother, The Ariella, which has its ups and downs, making life very exciting, to say the least. So it’s a good thing he was blessed with a sense of humor. How could anyone survive without being able to laugh in the face of chaos and danger? So here are a few thoughts from the absurd but astute mind of Tanis Nickolai Theatra of “The Emerald Dragon” and “Flight of the Aguiva” –

 

  • “With my luck it’s probably radioactive and will cause my future children to be born bald, with an intense urge to play the banjo.”

 

  • “That would’ve been a herculean level of work for nothing. Although if it had, then I would be going back to bed to get a decent amount of sleep. And we all know that’s not going to happen. Jeans, Tanis shoes, and a T-shirt that states, “Tanis is Da Man” was as far as I wanted to go at the moment. Today’s forecast calls for “widely scattered labor, followed tonight by dried perspiration. Stay tuned for Sports.”

 

  • “If you say something with enough fervor and enough times . . . you begin to believe.”

 

  •  “I must admit, I’ve never seen anything like that before. I told you I’d talk to the engineers, but after seeing that, do you really think I need to warn them about anything concerning the river, its speed or inhabitants? I think what you need to do is put a sign at the beginning of the corridor that states, CAUTION! Excessively dangerous river that runs so fast it probably kills the fish. Proceed at your own risk!”

 

  • ” you know what they say . . . opinions are like navels, everyone has one.”

 

  • “So, tell me . . . what’s the last thing to go through an insect’s mind when it hits the windscreen of a speeding car? Its butt – and I didn’t want to be an insect.”

Smile, it takes less muscles!

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dragomeir Series Continues. . .

DragomeirSeries2

Dragomeir comes alive in a world of Urban Fantasy.  A world where Tanis Nickolai Theatra and Demios Reptillus Stag – dragon rider and his emerald dragon, along with a whole host of other dragon riders and their dragons, battle against the Demons and Dark Lords of the Provinces to keep control of Mt. Drago.  The Ariella – Mt. Drago’s Queen of the Dragons, is amassing an army including Hellhounds and The Chosen – creatures given asylum at Mt. Drago – to protect her extended family.  But Tanis is disturbed by secrets from The Ariella’s past.  How will this affect their future and is she really who she claims to be?  Find out in Book One of the Dragomeir Series – “The Emerald Dragon.”  It is available at the following link –

https://solitaireparke.wordpress.com/the-emerald-dragon/.

The saga continues with Tanis and the dragon riders as they uncover secrets that could either save or annihilate them.  In the process, they come upon new worlds and The Ariella establishes another mountain home to house  the newly acquired dragons.   The Second Book in the Dragomeir Series, “Flight of the Aguiva”, has just been released and is available in multiple formats here –

https://solitaireparke.wordpress.com/flight-of-the-aguiva/.

Coming soon is the Third Book in the Dragomeir Series – “Egg of the Amphitere”, which will be out later this year. Will the inhabitants of Mt. Drago be able to survive the terrible times ahead and emerge victorious? I will be giving you updates and interesting facts about the books, so if you are a dragon lover like me, I’d love for you to follow the story of Tanis and Demios.  Have a great day!

http://www.solitaireparke.com/

Solitaire

Happy Father’s Day!

Fathers-DAy-2-200x300

“Father!–to God himself we cannot give a holier name.” – William Wordsworth

To all the Dads out there – have a terrific Father’s Day.  Mine are grown now and have children of their own – I have  some beautiful grandchildren. Yes, they make you crazy sometimes and can be quite a handful, but they also make you very proud and bring a special joy into your life that compares to nothing else. Your children are the best gift you will ever receive. Love and cherish them as long as you can.

Solitaire

Where Do Writers Write?

wheredowriterswrite

I came across a very interesting site, The Next Best Book Blog, that not only gives you an idea of where writers come up with their creations, but shows pictures of these locations. (If you’re like me, you will love being able to visualize where the creativity originates.) It is a weekly series that features a different author every week. I have always loved books, and as an author I find it interesting to see where other writers are generating their masterpieces. So here’s the link – Enjoy!

http://thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.com/p/where-writers-write.html

Solitaire

P.S. Where do you write?  I’d love to hear from you!

Inspirational Writing Quotes from Famous Authors

authorquote

Here are a few favorite quotes about writing to help inspire writers everywhere. Whether you’re a fiction writer, nonfiction writer, or poet, these inspirational quotes on writing will put the pen back in your hand with renewed passion. So stop for a moment, step away from the keyboard, and soak in these eclectic author quotes on writing.

  • And as imagination bodies forth
    The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
    Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
    A local habitation and a name. – William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

 

  • I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. I have been successful probably because I have always realized that . – Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

  • Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. – Ernest Hemingway

 

  • Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art – Ansais Nin

 

  • A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God. – Sidney Sheldon

 

  • Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer. – Ray Bradbury

 

  • Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty – Anne Rice

 

  • If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. – David Brin

 

  • I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. – Stephen King

 

  • Words are a lens to focus one’s mind. – Ayn Rand

 

  • Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. – Henry David Thoreau

 

  • A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer. – Joseph Conrad

 

  • Half my life is an act of revision. – John Irving

 

  • Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait. – Jean-Paul Sartre

 

  • It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. – Isaac Asimov

 

  • The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. – Ursula K. Le Guin

 

  • Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. – Joseph Conrad

 

  • There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write. – Terry Pratchett

 

  • Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences. – Anne McCaffrey

 

  • If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
    – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Heard any inspirational or funny quotes by your favorite authors?  Please leave me a comment!

Solitaire

 

REMEMBER all those who fought for our freedom!!!

us-flag-and-soldier-1

Take time today and remember all the men and women who fought for our freedom!

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.   The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died in the Military Service.

“THE FALLEN”

 A Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

“Thank You” to all our fallen soldiers!  We will remember you always!

Solitaire

Woohoo, it’s Memorial Day Weekend!!!

catsplaying

Hi, Solitaire here. It’s that occasion again – Memorial Day Weekend. Time to take a break, even if it’s a short one, to spend some quality moments with family, or just relax and do something other than work. You deserve it!  As an author, that’s hard for me to do. Not the spending time with family part, but the not using the time to write part. I almost feel guilty not using every spare moment to sit down at my computer and continue to write my latest novel. I think that’s probably a universal feeling with most authors. But like any profession, authors need to get away from their chosen profession once in a while. So take this weekend to unwind a little, and maybe it will spur those creative minds on to bigger and better ideas for your up and coming writing endeavors!

Have a great mini-vacation and enjoy some much needed relaxation! Happy Writing!

Solitaire

You can check out my just released Dragomeir Series Book Two, “Flight of the Aguiva” here –

www.solitaireparke.com

“Flight of the Aguiva” is Now Available!!!

“Flight of the Aguiva”

Book Two of the Dragomeir Series

is finished and

Available NOW !!!

 

flight_dk_lg

Click on the above link to find out more!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 240 other followers