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How I became a fantasy author

Today I wanted to just kind of ramble about the fantasy that I love and how they have definitely been detrimental to my being a fantasy author myself now. Here we go…

Cartoon Network

I think it’s safe to say that my fantasy-love journey started with this beautiful children’s TV broadcasting channel. Carton Network showed all the best 90’s shows, and my siblings and I loved to stay up doing “all-nighters” to watch as many cartoons as we could.

We watched Dexter, The Powerpuff Girls, Totally Spies, Jackie Chan Adventures, Avatar the Last Airbender, The Cramp Twins, Ed Edd and Eddy, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Tom and Jerry, and so many more than I can’t think of right now.

And OMG were they the best, right? Kids today just don’t know what they missed out on! These shows definitely brought fantasy, quirky characters, absurd plots, and powers and heroes into my life in a way I cannot thank them enough for. Plus, I confess, I’ve watched so many of these even into adulthood and loved the newer shows such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, and more…shhh…

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Harry Potter

This is a hard one because I don’t actually remember how my HP journey started. I know my teacher in primary school (Years 4 & 6) would read them to our class, so I’m going to assume it started there. My brother and I had shared copies of every book, but again I don’t know if we had them before or after my teacher read them to my class – and my mom has a rubbish memory so she’s no help!

Anyway, I think it should probably go without saying at this point that HP made my life what it is. I truly believe that without the books and the films, I may not be a fantasy author – or even an author at all, perhaps – today.

J.K., thank you so much ❤️

I will admit that at the moment, I’m more of a HP-films than HP-books person, as I read them as a child and I don’t remember as much detail as I remember from the films that I’ve watched endlessly. But now as a functioning adult, who actually reads often, I’ve begun re-reading them and naturally I appreciate there awesomeness in a whole other way now.

My brother (who’s older) has always told me that the books are worlds and worlds better than the films, and I do agree. As a writer myself, I appreciate that films will never truly be able to do a book justice because there’s just not enough time for that! When I was a teen I listened to the audiobooks again to refresh and loved it; but as I say, now I’m doing a refresh of that refresh, and finally doing it properly!

I don’t think there’s ever going to be “too many times” to read Harry Potter, come on!

If you want depth, imagination, characters, worlds, intrigue, mystery, emotion, love, friendship, hope, beauty, fantasy, and ahhhhhh in your life – then Harry Potter is the magical key to all of that. So thank you, HP, for enriching not only my life but my writing, too.

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Avatar

When I say Avatar, I hope most people think of The Last Airbender, and not the blue people. Although Avatar the blue people was awesome, it will never hold a candle to Avatar the cartoon for me…like ever. As I mentioned before, I grew up watching Avatar as a kid. However, what I didn’t point out was the fact that I’ve rewatched the whole series again and again and again and again…

Even as an adult, I still love it. I still laugh at the jokes; I’m still inspired by the manipulation of the elements; I’m still in awe of the world; and the characters…will always be like friends to me. Anyone who comes to read my current work in progress novel will know that I drew inspiration from Avatar (and Korra, too). So thank you, Avatar creators, you gods you!

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Anime

As a teen, I watched a lot of anime. I guess you could say that we always did because we watched Dragon Ball and Pokemon as kids without realising they were anime. But anyway, I’ve watched a lot of anime as a teen and even as an adult. Sadly, I don’t get the chance to watch it as much as I used to, but I’ve always been meaning to make time for it again, because it inspired my writing so much.

I’ve watched Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Soul Eater, Blue Exorcist, Full Metal Alchemist, Sword Art Online, Code Geass, Hunter x Hunter, Final Fantasy, Studio Ghibli films, and more.

At this point, I feel I must do a shout-out to my brother, Axl, who has been my inspiration, too. If not for him, I may not have found anime. I’m so lucky to have a brother who I relate to so much and share the same interests with. We’ve enjoyed many shows and films and books together, and I do appreciate that if I didn’t have him as a sibling, I may not be who I am today – or maybe I would have been late to discovering myself, and not feel confident in the fantasy world.

So thanks, bro.

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Percy Jackson

I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan. I read all the PJ books and all the Heroes of Olympus books. I’ve tried the Kane Chronicles, but they weren’t for me. And now I’m trying the Trials of Apollo. I just can’t believe this man knows so much about mythology! Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian…he knows it all! It’s so amazing. It is PJ that gave me my love for mythology. I now study it of my own accord and try to draw inspiration from it.

So, thank you, Rick, for giving me a new interest and fuel for my fantasy.

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Game of Thrones

The last big one that I’ll mention is GoT. Again, my brother showed me the first episode of this and told me to watch it on my own. Anyone who watches GoT will know why you shouldn’t really watch it with your brother, especially not when you’re only 17…

Anyway, I loved it. We did end up watching the rest together, and then we discovered the books. Due to their scary length, we chose to listen to the audiobooks instead of reading the paperbacks. But this got us ahead of the show. We discussed the characters and theories and I just can’t thank George R. R. Martin enough for creating such a world and horde of characters and being ruthless in his storytelling. It has helped me shape my own books, add depth, and do what needs to be done to get those “oh my god” moments from the reader.

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