Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I love it when genres collide. Well, I love it when different genres combine with fantasy or sci-fi. When I think of films that combine fantasy elements with more a more traditional film style I think of movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I grew up on Bruce Lee films (3 brothers...) so I tend to think of martial arts films as being about flying fists rather than flying seemingly weightless among the tree branches. Though from what I've read, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon does fit into a sub-genre of films called Wuxia, which often (though not always) incorporates fantasy elements. Whatever the description, I love the movie. There is a languid beauty to it and I like seeing Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat in a movie that seem tailor made for them. But my favorite scenes are the fights that have the characters flying through the trees and virtually walking on water. I wish I could do that. But it's not only movies that are using the audience's love of fantasy. I've mentioned many times the newest craze in publishing; the paranormal romance. But romance isn't the only genre to get a boost from the supernatural. I remember a series that came out years ago (the first one published in 1990) called The Vampire Files about a private investigator who is unwittingly turned into a vampire. There's no doubt in my mind this series' success has had a lot to do with the current craze of the paranormal genre, but it was unique at the time. The author, P.N. Elrod has gone to write several books about vampires and according to Wikipedia co-authored the vampire-themed TV show Forever Knight, though my favorite creation of hers will always be her vampire detective Jack Flemming. But I am a sucker (no pun intended) for a good detective story. And how could I write this post without mentioning one of my all time favorite TV shows, Firefly? The first thing I noticed about the show was it's apparent combination of TV western and sci-fi. I mean, what's not to love? Call it Cowboys in Space, I don't care as long as I get to watch it. Believe it or not, I haven't had anything to drink. Anyway, what other movies, TV shows etc. can you guys think of that combine sci-fi/fantasy with other genre's? Do you like this trend or do you wish for a return of more traditional sword and sorcery fantasy and straightforward sci-fi?