Blogs about fantasy

Ian McKellen in 2013

Ian McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, England. After studying at the University of Cambridge he kept on studying theater working for a few years for small theater companies. In 1964 he was invited to join the National Theatre Company.

Ian McKellen’s participation in the movie “Apt Pupil” was his first work with director Bryan Singer, with whom he kept on collaborating when he played for the first time the character of Magneto in “X-Men” (2000). The actor reprised the role in various movies of the following years again for Bryan Singer except in “X-Men: The Last Stand”, directed by Brett Ratner. In 2001 the first movie of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was released, in which the actor plays Gandalf, a role reprised in the following decade in “The Hobbit” trilogy, with both trilogies directed by Peter Jackson.

Today Ian McKellen is very well known to the general public thanks to his roles in highly successful sagas but his reputation has been remarkable for decades. His name is linked to productions at the moment in various stages so even if he’s no longer a boy we can still see him in new roles.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The novel “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman was published for the first time in 1990.

Aziraphale is an angel while Crowley is a demon, although they’re part of the opposite factions among them a sincere friendship developed and both of them enjoy their life on Earth, where they have lived for millennia. For this reason the Apocalypse is really a nuisance for them and, despite the fact that it was carefully planned since the Creation, the two them are looking for a loophole to avoid it.

The Antichrist is about to reach the age when he will start manifesting his powers and the only hope for Aziraphale and Crowley is that he grows in a way that never leads him to perform the acts needed to start the end of the world. The plan could work despite the signs of the impending Apocalypse if the child the two are trying to influence was indeed the Antichrist.

George R. R. Martin in 2017

George Raymond Martin, this is his birth name, was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA. Years later he added the name Richard after chosing it as his confirmation name.

Ever since he was a child, George R. R. Martin showed his desire to write stories and in those years he read a lot of science fiction, fantasy and horror from previous years, becoming fan of Marvel comics. Through the readers letters published in the comics, he came into contact with the fandom and various fanzines, where he published a number of stories.

After years spent working mainly on television, also with various projects that were not successful, George R. R. Martin got tired, also for the limits imposed by budget and the rigid length of television episodes. In the early 1990s he started writing a fantasy saga that was originally a trilogy but was later expanded to better develop the story: in 1996 he published “A Game of Thrones”, the first novel of the saga that enormously increased the author’s fame.

Tim Burton in 2012

Timothy Walter Burton was born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California, USA.

Tim Burton developed a passion for cinema since his childhood and started experimenting with animations and with an 8 mm camera. To learn the secrets of directing he watched many movies of various genres but in particular he watched horror movies such as those of Hammer and adaptations of the stories by Edgar Allan Poe, an author he liked very much, played by Vincent Price.

Tim Burton is a director with a unique style with fantasy stories that have typically misfit and eccentric protagonists, often between life and death told by really special perspectives.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The novel “The Terror” by Dan Simmons was published for the first time in 2007.

In October 1847 the British ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which set sail in 1845 for an expedition that intends to be the first to cross the last part of the Northwest Passage, are blocked in the Arctic ice. Because of the weather colder than normal, during the summer they couldn’t move and the prospect is having to spend another winter in the same situation.

There are many dangers in the Arctic and the sailors start dying for causes to ascertain. In addition to the threats due to natural environmental conditions, something else started attacking the crews, a strange creature that looks like a giant polar bear but shows a superior intelligence.