No matter how big a fan you become of things, there is always this one fandom you keep going to. For most people, it is the Harry Potter fandom. The book series ended over 7 years ago, and the movies ended 4 years ago, but JK Rowling has never stopped giving us with more information to keep us going. First, there was Pottermore, with it’s endless amount of backstories and information about the smallest things, and the tiniest characters.
Then came the announcement that there will be a Harry Potter play, which she is highly involved in. For a long time, it was thought that it would be a prequel- maybe about Harry’s time with the Dursley’s. But then, the announcement came. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be a sequel.
And this is something people have been waiting for a long time. This is what fans have been wanting since they finished reading “Nineteen Years Later”. And now, we are getting it. The play will be opening in September 2016, in London, and it will be about Albus Severus Potter, who is dealing with his father’s fame, and Harry himself, dealing with repurcussions of all the things he has gone through in his past.
So, now this is the thing that everybody has been waiting for- and it will be ours in less than a year! J.K Rowling is the gift that never stops giving, and I hope the play also has a sequel. There are a lot of people who believe that Rowling should just leave the series well alone, but I’m certainly not one of those!
If you have ever met a fantasy fiction fan in your life, you have probably heard a lot about Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. The Discworld is a fascinating creation of Pratchett’s- a world that is flat and carried by four elephants who rest on top of a giant tortoise A’Tuin. It’s fantasy and satire at it’s best and it is riotously funny.
There are a lot of Discworld novels, though. For the uninitiated, it might be really difficult to figure out where they should start from. Many of the books are standalone books, but some of them are a part of a series, with recurring characters are references to events that happened in a previous book.
It would be possible for one to divide the Discworld novels into the four main plotlines– Rincwind, Death, The Witches and the Watch. You can pick up one book that falls in each category, so that you find out which story line you like the best. Once you have figured that out, you can follow all the novels in that particular category. Death, for instance, is introduced in Mort, and is present in about 8 or 9 other Discworld novels that you can read if you are fond of the character.
It will be slightly more complicated than you expect it to be, but Discworld is a riot and you will not regret reading any single book of the series!
Reading this series was probably one of the most daunting tasks I’ve ever had to complete. The series stretches for 14 books (the last three written by Brandon Sanderson), and has been going on for about 20 years now. Robert Jordan is probably one of the finest authors out there, for he was able to publish these many book full of complex characters and plots, without losing track of the greater picture and introducing giant plot holes within his own work.
I was introduced to Wheel of Time by a teacher who told me I’d love the strong female characters in the novel. And boy, was she right. Wheel of Time has female characters who are full of depth,and highly unique. None of them are just used as plot points or as fillers. A lot of modern fantasy writers could take a few lessons from the way Jordan writes his female characters, for sure.
Jordan’s use of myths and legends throughout the series is also rather admirable. He weaves incredibly complex plots that deal with incredibly human issues that let us empathize with the characters and feel attached to the events occurring in the book.
Wheel of Time is certainly one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read, for it acts a blueprint that other fantasy novels can follow in order to write a series that will certainly withstand the test of time.