There’s something I absolutely love, and that’s getting immersed in a book. It doesn’t matter where I am, as long as my mind is in the book, and everything around me is shut out, I feel like I can get lost in a book. If the book is especially good, I want to stay there a long time.
There have been some books I can’t get enough of, and I don’t want to stop reading. Usually, the ones that I want to keep reading are longer series. I think the two that I feel comfortable in are the Pern series and Shannara series. I love the worlds they’re set in.
But books aren’t the only thing I can get immersed in. There are certain TV series and movies that pull me, as well. In particular, the Star Trek movies and the later Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes. Deep Space Nine does it to me, too.
How about you? Which books draw you in so much that you don’t want to leave? Let me know in the comments below.
Looks like my video version of Authors Answer will be posted every Saturday. I have a schedule! Well, if you remember the original question, you don’t have to go to the original post, but if you don’t remember, take a look. Find out all of our answers. Basically, it’s all about guilty pleasures. Is there an author that’s often criticised, but you still love to read?
Watch my answer, and enjoy the bloopers.
Have you ever read any of Terry Brooks’ books? Which author is your guilty pleasure? Let me know in the comments below!
I’ve only ever re-read one book, and that’s Macbeth. There has been no other time I’ve re-read a book. But I think the reason is that for most books, I haven’t had enough time to miss them, I guess. However, there are a few that I would like to re-read. I made a video on this topic, so here is what I want to re-read.
What I forgot to mention is that I will be re-reading Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
In that video, there are a lot of books. Most of them are parts of two series, Pern and Shannara. The others are mainly standalone.
What do you want to re-read? Let me know in the comments below.
The Shannara Chronicles is coming. MTV released the opening title sequence of the upcoming TV series based on Terry Brooks’ Shannara series of novels. I’ll say this before you see the video: It’s a fantasy novel series, but…
Interesting, isn’t it? They’re really pushing the post-apocalyptic part of the story. Throughout The Sword of Shannara and The Elfstones of Shannara (the first season of the TV series is based on Elfstones), we get small glimpses of current day Earth, but it’s never outright shown that it is Earth. The Wishsong of Shannara is much more explicit in this, though. And there are several novels that span from The Word & Void to The Genesis of Shannara and Legends of Shannara that actually show the world changing into the fantasy world. Is this a spoiler? Not really, it’s actually widely known, and you can guess as much just by reading the back covers of the books. Regardless, I’m pretty excited about this TV series. I can’t watch it in Japan, but should be able to see it in other ways in the future.
What did you think of the opening sequence?
New preview videos for The Shannara Chronicles are out! MTV has released character introduction videos. So, here they are.
Manu Bennett as Allanon
Poppy Drayton as Amberle
Ivana Baquero as Eretria
John Rhys-Davies as King Eventine
Austin Butler as Wil
Of course, Eretria and Amberle look great. And I really like John Rhys-Davies as King Eventine. He’s always seemed like a fantasy actor to me. Wil looks to be good, too. But I’ve always wondered about this interpretation of Allanon. He looks nothing like I imagined, and looks nothing like the book description of him. But despite that, I’m very interested in watching this.
Do these videos get you excited about Shannara finally coming to TV?
I’ve been reading Terry Brooks’ Shannara series since I was in university. I started only about fifteen years ago, but read through his books in publication order. I started with The Sword of Shannara, which many people say is like Lord of the Rings. However, unlike Lord of the Rings, Shannara resulted in the growth of the fantasy genre. We have Shannara to thank for things like The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire.
Well, MTV is adapting The Elfstones of Shannara into a TV series, which is being filmed in New Zealand. MTV released a video that shows many of the actors and some really beautiful-looking scenery. I love the look of it. Definitely will have this to add to shows I want to buy on DVD in the future.
Take a look at the video.
So, what do you think? Are you excited for this?
A lot of fantasy authors are influenced by real history and locations. Some come out and say that they are a part of Earth’s lost history, and some are Earth’s future. And it seems like many are based on the European Middle Ages.
Lord of the Rings is based on Europe, and I think Tolkien admitted that. I believe it’s supposed to be Europe, but long before recorded history.
A Song of Ice and Fire (or Game of Thrones) is also based on Europe, but not actually in Europe, but a fictional world. In fact, the entire war is inspired by the War of the Roses.
Shannara is quite different, though. It’s based in a world that had gone through an apocalypse. I’m not exactly sure of the precise location, but it is North America.
What are some other Earth-based fantasy novels and series?