Fantasy Novels Deconstructed [Infographic]

Why do you like fantasy? As a fantasy-addict, I’ve had to answer this question many times to my father, middle school football coach, ex-girlfriend… But for any fantasy-junkie, the answer is simple: it’s awesome. However, as bizarre as it sounds, there are people who don’t like fantasy, who buy into the lie of, “It’s just a bunch of monsters, wizards and men with goatees swinging swords, and casting spells until the good guys just sort of ‘win’.” To be fair, that’s an accurate description of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” saga, (which was still pretty cool).

This infographic uses Tolkien’s works to break down the structure of epic fantasy. There are wizards, heroes, mythical races of elves, orcs, etc. But Tolkien’s work was so much more, he invented an entire lore and history of a fictional universe, he invented languages! He created a structure for later fantasy writers to follow, like Terry Goodkind or Brandon Sanderson.

Then there’s the new wave of fantasy writers, notably George R.R. Martin. This new breed of fantasy’s characters are grey, neither good nor bad (unless it’s Joffrey), and contain more plot-based writing than lore, creating a new realm of nerdy-awesomeness.

With the huge success of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films, it seems like the masses are starting to think fantasy is cool too, but don’t stop there! Read the books! Then nerds like myself will find girlfriends/boyfriends who like fantasy just as much and live happily ever after. The end. [Via]



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The History Of Tranformers [Infographic]

I was basically raised by transformers, but Transformers being older than I am proves I wasn’t the first generation brought up by them. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, and talk about our favorite frighting robots.

In 1983, the first generation of Transformers was born (i.e. the Optimus Prime and Megatron). This is when the favorites from the recent movies saw their beginnings, and there was no Shia LaBeouf- which may or may not be a good thing depending on who is reading this. There was no Megan Fox either-just fighting robots.

Fast forward 12 years, and my personal favorite- Tranformers: Beast Wars hit the scene. This took combined fighting robots with animals, to make fighting robot-animals. This may have been the best idea in the history of mankind- especially because of Rattrap, a robot-rat no-nonsense BAMF with a pistol and a shield. You had me at robo-rat.

In 2001, classic Transformers came back in full force with Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Transformers: Armada would follow a year later solidifying the return of the classic lineup.

And then 2007, we finally saw the ultimate showdown between the fighting robots from space on the big screen. Complete with modern cgi and camera equipment. The acting was… not great. But you don’t go see a movie about giant fighting robots that is also a camero for the acting. You go for the giant fighting robots.

Now it’s 2014, and there are already trailers for Tranformers: Age of Extinction. This will be the fourth Transformers movie to date, what will it be about? Maybe the title has some insight to offer.

Tranformers have been around longer than I have, and don’t appear to be going away anytime soon. Check out this infographic, brought to you by TVStoreOnline to see where this fantastic series has been, and perhaps where it is going. [TVStoreOnline]


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Hollywood Family Tree [Infographic]

Most people know big Hollywood names like Jeff Bridges and Francis Ford Coppola, but some people may not know that they, like many other big names in Hollywood, are parts of large acting and entertainment families with many other prominent names. Jason Schwartzman has teamed up with Wes Anderson on multiple occasions with films like “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and “The Darjeeling Limited,” and he also happens to be directly related to Francis Ford Coppola. Some folks also might not know that Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage is another nephew to Mr. Coppola. That’s just the beginning, too.

Today’s infographic gives us a look at some of the most iconic Hollywood families and how they’re connected to each other as well as other families. David Arquette’s father Lewis was in the business before he was, and his sister Patricia was married to Nic Cage for years. Kate Hudson’s father, Bill, was a musician who married Goldie Hawn and had Kate and her brother Oliver.

For more on Hollywood families have a look at the infographic below. [Via]

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