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Fantasy replacing reality

Fantasy replacing reality
July 04, 2010, 11:30:56 AM
I know that Vagoo Vikernes said he started Burzum to "awaken the fantasy of mortals," but I think he meant imagination or scope of vision (and good luck -- most lack the wiring for that). Fantasy in the modern time means not the brilliance of J.R.R. Tolkien, but super over simplified escapism that distills life down to the most insipid of good/evil sagas.

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I am all for encouraging people to read, and I don't mind the fantasy themes - Harry Potter is a wizard, after all - but do books and movies really need a vampire these days to be successful?

Whatever happened to a good read or a good story being enough?

"Vampires are bloody annoying," by Robyn Riley (Herald Sun)

Art has always offered escapism, but with a twist. Through metaphor, the escapism gave us a better perspective on life itself. We referred to pure escapism as pornography, which is for wankers.

Now we've got these giant fat trends in Hollywood: superheroes, vampires/werewolves, supernatural fiction like Them Lovely Bones, and quasi-religious science fiction, in addition of course to our religious attitude toward science.

I think it's the usual dying civilization con: pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, here's a dog and pony show.

Re: Fantasy replacing reality
July 05, 2010, 07:15:30 AM
I know that Vagoo Vikernes said he started Burzum to "awaken the fantasy of mortals," but I think he meant imagination or scope of vision (and good luck -- most lack the wiring for that). Fantasy in the modern time means not the brilliance of J.R.R. Tolkien, but super over simplified escapism that distills life down to the most insipid of good/evil sagas.

This is an interesting point.  Escapism in this context can mean two things, these are represented by black metal and power metal respectively.  Black metal uses fantastical elements to shatter the illusory 'real life' (economics, politcs etc) of modernity, power metal uses fantastical elements to distract from the fact that it is a crappy Iron Maiden ripoff.  One is meant to inspire you to approach life in a new way, the other is meant to distract you from your life because you would rather forget your problems than face them.

Re: Fantasy replacing reality
October 06, 2010, 07:40:38 PM
Once we've bested the latest goal, sometimes logic or necessity will not readily serve with an answer for what comes next. Necessities are easily met in our age. We aren't androids. We can't neglect the irrational and sentimental without selecting for a proliferation of Aspie or suicidal murder spree types. Imagination steps in to give us a set of possibles to explore. Some of them might end up goals that when pursued to conclusion move from the unreal and fantastic in a past age to the mundane in the future.