Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Fantasy Genre, Post-Harry Potter

First off, let me start by saying that I am SO excited for the climactic conclusion to the Harry Potter film series. A huge thank you goes out from me to both JK Rowling and Steve Kloves for writing these stories and mythology for both print and film. But I digress...

With the release of "HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2" on July 15, a long, prosperous and truly epic era of fantasy literature finally comes to and end. This sort of seminal event is of the once-a-generation variety of rare, and most of us have grown up with the series since elementary school. It's been a wild ride no doubt but there is a question to ask: What will succeed Harry Potter?

Right now we have Twilight, the Inheritance Cycle, and others dominating the fantasy genre, but none of them have had the impact comparable to Harry Potter or even Lord of the Rings, which I would say are the two most influential works of fantasy literature of the past 60+ years. I have never, and WILL never, hid my disdain for Twilight, but rest assured there are for very specific reasons for that disdain. I will not delve into them here.

Since MATHION: BOOK ONE OF THE MAVONDURI TRILOGY has seen its release, it has (for the most part) been welcomed with considerable praise. I could not be more grateful to those who took the time to not only read the book but review it. Both the positive and negative reviews are welcomed, as the positive reviews give me great confidence as I continue writing, and the negative reviews keep me from getting too far ahead of myself. I hope, to all of you who are looking forward to "THE LAST ASCENSION: BOOK TWO OF THE MAVONDURI TRILOGY", that I can live up to your expectations, and that you enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoy writing them.

I will never make any attempt at comparing THE MAVONDURI TRILOGY to any previous work of the fantasy genre in terms of being "the best", for lack of better expression. That determination can only be made by YOU, the readers and critics and fans. So the answer to my question, "What will succeed Harry Potter?" I will leave for the readers to answer.

But I hope to God no one says "Twilight"...freaking fangirls man.