So after reading an awsome article... on Pretty Scary... I feel i have to comment on it here. And give you what they think on Dark fantasy. So heres what Heidi, wild woman extrodinare had to say on the subject of DF:
First, what makes a Dark Fantasy?
1) The happy ending is always overshadowed by the bad events that have taken place
2) Horror elements such as gore, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and demons are always present.
3) Often set in a high-fantasy world. (Dragons, princesses, castles)
4) Main lessons include: a) there is a little bad in everything good, and a little good in everything bad, b) Vengeance is empty and hollow, but you should let it run your life, and c) True Love can SOMETIMES overcome evil, but not always.
And, the Dark Fantasy hero/heroine is usually differently than in regular horror films or in fantasy film. In horror, the protagonist is usually running for their lives, and in classic fantasy the hero is a youth who is pure of heart and who matures and fulfills his/her destiny by the end of the story. In Dark Heroism, the primary motivation is to overcome the evil inside oneselfoften vengeance, violence are motivatorsnot a heroic sense of duty or desire to do good.
Revenge is a deep motivator for Dark Fantasy films. It is sometimes the only thing that separates them from regular fantasy and that gives them an affinity with horror. Really, what is more horrifying than revenge? When revenge as a motive is absent, it is often the concept of duality is the main plot line. The ideas of Good and Evil having to co-exist in order to exist at all allows for dark and horrific things to populate even the most romantic fantasy world.
Well that does say it dosent it? Its one of the reasons why we consider ourselves Dark Fantasy. And i think theres a soild readership out there for this kinda work, and obviously its movies. Movies like Legend, Labryinth, The Crow, The Dark Crystal, Edward Sissorhands.... Its all the movies we have come to love and adore, and see the overly sexual meaning in most.
These movies have shaped my life, and inadvertantly drove me to write. All of them are directly respondsible for both of us going to school for special effects, and i wouldnt be the person i am today or had the experiences i have had. We owe a lot to the Dark Fantasy Genre.
So how it relates to Eververse? Well for starters, lets look at what makes a Dark Fantasy.
Our happy endings are always forshadowed by the evil and the crap that happened to get to that singular perfect moment for the characters. And no matter what, after that moment is over, its always going to be there and its going to mold what the characters are.
Horror elements present? Um HELLO! we write demons...
Often set in a high fantasy world? Well we are set in a fantasy version of the world as we know it... so ill give us that...
Main lessons include: a) there is a little bad in everything good, and a little good in everything bad, b) Vengeance is empty and hollow, but you should let it run your life, and c) True Love can SOMETIMES overcome evil, but not always.
I think we hit ALL those points. I mean Look at our subject matter? Hookers, pimps, hitmen, arms dealers, theves and killers, Assassins and masochists.... and they really are good people...
So do you guys get it now? I mean get it a little better then you did before? I just really want people to know what they are getting into with us.
Now books we can be compared to, Genre wise? The Anita Black and Merry Gentry series, The Vamprie Huntress legends Series (minus all the urban slang), the Hollows series.... and more recently, the Mia snow books by Gena Showalter. Not to mention the ever incomproable, Poppy Z Brite... I swear one day well be on the same plane as Lost Souls.
So thats me... and thats what i think of what we write. What do you think?
PS: ooh i didnt forget... some more fallon to drool over...