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Zachary Totah
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Modern characters are spoiled. All the amenities, the privileges, the comfy life provided by residing in a modern world surrounded by modern stuff. Makes you wonder, how would they survive if plucked out of a modern cocoon and plopped down in a fantasy…

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Fantasy tales are filled with wonder, soaked in imagination, brimming with creativity. They offer a blend of comforting familiarity and stirring otherness. Most importantly, perhaps (step aside, dragons and princesses and knights in shining armor),…

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The time has come. Only those most worthy can be chosen. Welcome to the voting phase of the Silmarillion Awards, where victors will rise and the best characters in fantasy will receive the acclaim they rightfully deserve. First off, huge THANK YOU to…

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DC has redeemed itself with Wonder Woman. Easily the best movie it’s offered since The Dark Knight Rises. I had high hopes for Man of Steel, and in spite of strong elements, it failed to capture my imagination. I was more wary of Batman v Superman. Better…

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Nominations for the Silmarillion Awards are now open! insert much confetti, trumpet fanfare, quadruple-layer chocolate mousse cake, and butterbeer I’m sure you’re knocking against the castle gate, ready to get this party rolling. *throws gate wide and…

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Have you ever wished there were Oscar awards for fantasy novels? Oh, you have? How convenient, because I’m thrilled (or insert other happy-sounding adjective) to announce the second annual Silmarillion Awards. Basically, the Oscars for fantasy. Pretty…

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Sometimes it’s fun to ask, “What if?” More accurately, it’s always fun. Because possibilities, imagination, freedom. A glittering galaxy of stars each representing an idea that could turn into whatever you wish. And epic things like Lord of the Rings as…

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Fantasy has a problem. via GIPHY It’s worse than a hoarding dragon. For all the gloriousness fantasy provides, it protects its precious clichés as fervently as Smaug watched over his stash of gold. For all the creative license and freedom to explore…

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It’s always fun to imagine ourselves in a fictional world. But it’s time to be deviously brilliant and flip the situation around. What if fictional characters were plopped down in the middle of our world? How would they react? Most important, what type of…

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Stories make fantastic teachers. You know, because life is a labyrinth of trickiness and questions and random unicorns and just wondering how the heck do you make it. Sorta like Frodo on his quest to Mount Doom. But without the Ring. Or orcs. Or Sauron.…
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