Are Sci-Fi and Fantasy a FAD or will it still have our attention for years to come?
Well if that isn't a loaded question, I don't know what is.
Remember the days when vampires slept in coffins and aliens had huge bubbled eyes and were usually green with antennas?
With technology slamming forward at an alarming rate, our creativity seems to be limitless. Academy Award wining director, Steven Spielberg captivated audiences with such wonders as Close Encounters of the
Third kind (1977) and E.T. (1982). This, on the heels of the George Lucas series, Star Wars (from 1977- it never ends). Blogger's note: I'm actually too young to remember which hit theaters first, but remember seeing them at our local drive-in theater. For fear of adding more gray hair to my head, I will not comment further on how old I was at the time.
Both of these brilliant men opened doors to the movie industry yet we tend to forget that strange new worlds of fantasy and sci-fi were ventured in to as far back as 700 AD (even farther if I had the time to research deeper) with the story or Beowulf and let's not forget William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream(1600). I included the latter because I personally love mischievous little fairies.
Older generations may recall a certain Hobbit named Frodo Baggins that took us on a journey throughout Middle Earth or a group of siblings, Lucy, Edward, Susan and Peter, who battled the White Witch to save Narnia.
Younger generations don't remember a world without Harry Potter or Edward Cullen. (sigh)
The fact is, Sci-fi and Fantasy have become an intricate part of the world we live in today.
Who could have thought that making a vampire sparkle, or a human leave his world to become a lanky blue Avatar with a very talented tail, would draw such attention? How about a writer somewhere who dreamed them all up. We tend to forget about them.
There was a time where die-hard Trekkies and fans of Klingons were considered weird, and the idea of vampires and werewolves were the things nightmares were made of.
Well, no more.
Thanks to the creative minds of some talented writers, and even more so to the open-minded readers demanding more, the sky is the limit when it comes to how far we can go.
For me personally, the rule book has been tossed out the window. My vampires don't have to morph into a bat, nor do they sleep in coffins or find themselves a captive to darkness. My witches don't have to slave over a bubbling cauldron or ride on brooms (although the Nimbus 2000 is pretty snazzy, thank you J.K. Rowling)
The point is, as long as the gears in our imagination are oiled frequently and we question whether there is life on other planets, we can all safely and quite enjoyably go where no man has gone before. My sincere regards to the late Gene Roddenberry.
I leave you with this :