Sex and Violence in Your Fiction

Kevin, Justin, and Stephan discuss the issue of sex and violence any how it works in fiction, or doesn’t. When should you show it, or should you ever? Should you avoid the topic altogether? Does including sexual violence downgrade your story or have affect our society in negative ways, or is it more important to stay true to the art and characters? Would Game of Thrones be the same if Ramsay didn’t do all his horrible stuff?

Though calls! We have our advice on how to tackle it. Let us know what you think.  Continue reading

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What Can You Read Until Game of Thrones Season 7?

 imagesWe’re all in the same boat. The best show to ever exist (Game of Thrones, of course) has just finished another season, arguably the best yet, and you’re craving more. You can’t wait for season 7! I’m there with you, but I have the answer: Pick up a book. Not just any book either, but an amazing fantasy book.

Game of Thrones Substitutes:

Thorns and Tangles (the Zane Halloway Series), PT Hylton

zanehalloway-2 (1)Zane and his apprentice Lily Rhodes can eliminate any target…if the price is right. But when a series of seemly unrelated jobs pull Zane and Lily into a conflict between nations, Zane is forced to confront secrets from his past. Secrets that could bring about a war.

Welcome to a morally ambiguous world of magic, mystery, and political intrigue. It’s an epic sword and sorcery tale told in six installments and collected here in one edition for the first time.

The Destroyer, Michael Scott Earle

51k5ZxzB6dLAfter untold centuries of absence, the evil Ancients have returned. Their magic appears unstoppable and their hunger for conquest is insatiable. To protect the country of Nia, Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug make a desperate journey to find a human legend: A man known to have destroyed these Ancient foes with a powerful army.

But legends can lie.

When Paug and Nadea revive their hero from sleep, his virtue is far from clear.

Is he really their Savior or their Destroyer?

Land of Gods (the Falls of Redemption trilogy), Justin Sloan

Land of GodsNarcel’s enslavers took everything from him: his family, the woman he loves, and his freedom. All he has left is his will to live and a burning hatred for his masters.

Years of living and training with the Mawtu changes Narcel. Once his sworn enemies, he now considers these men friends and brothers-at-arms. He would snuff the life from those who oppose them, and fight and die to protect them.

As battle looms on the horizon, the Mawtu army faces their toughest challenge yet. Will Narcel side with his enslavers and lead their army to victory? Will he honor his friendship and allegiance with his new brothers? Or was this all a ruse and will Narcel finally exact his revenge and betray the army that took everything from him?

Some of the More Famous Ones:

The Way of Kings (the Stormlight Archives), Brandon Sanderson

51ZX3mqLFzL._SY346_In The Way of Kings, #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson introduces readers to the fascinating world of Roshar, a world of stone and storms.

It has been centuries since the fall of the Knights Radiant, but their mystical swords and armor remain, transforming ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for them. Wars are fought for them and won by them.

One such war rages on the Shattered Plains where Kaladin, son of a surgeon, has been reduced to slavery, and Dalinar, commander of the armies, is plagued by dreams of ancient times, doubting his own sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan, a naïve but brave and brilliant young woman, plans a daring theft to save her impoverished noble house from ruin.

The Wizard’s First Rule (the Sword of Truth), Terry Goodkind

51fYtDbLN1L._SY346_Wizard’s First Rule, the first novel by Terry Goodkind, was a phenomenon from the moment it was published by Tor Books in 1994, selling more than 100,000 copies in North America alone. It still sells more than 100,000 copies a year and has gone on to bestsellerdom in the United Kingdom and in more than twenty foreign translations as well as audiobook form.

It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand.

Richard and Kahlan’s story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with Confessor in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than twenty million copies to date worldwide.

In Wizard’s First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.

The importance of Wizard’s First Rule is sourced in Goodkind taking on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that also makes people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers.

Years after reading Wizard’s First Rule, Goodkind fans still ask themselves, “What would Richard do?” when confronted with life’s obstacles and challenges. “Your life is yours alone,” Richard says at a key moment. “Rise up and live it.”

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time series), Robert Jordan

51-NVUtW9XLThe Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, and Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

 


Enjoy! Let me know which ones you like the most 🙂

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