Here is my first video to share with the new dashpunk. The Buffy Fly Away video was started five years ago right after the death of someone close to me died. I have tried to work on this video numerous times but never good really give it all my effort because my thought would return to that bad time in my life. This the third and final cut of this video. Remember, there is no shame in grief.
To Wainscot or not to Wainscot– that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the tale to create
The beings and world out of nothing but my page,
Or to take with some of its history
And, creatively change them. To write, to make...
Ok, that's enough at that, but as a genre writer, it is a question that crops up from time to time, and when it does, oy, what a headache.
If you don't know what wainscoting is, it is creating a paneled off world within our real world. Think Harry Potter, or Bleach, or
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Dead like Me
- Percy Jackson series
- Stargate SG-1
- Stargate Atlantis
- Stargate Universe
- Underworld movies
I think you get the idea. The basic idea is that in a Wainscot story there is a secret world which is kept from the eyes of the average person.
When you are writing a sci-fi or fantasy world you have the choice between a wainscot world and a secondary or new world. The decision is not always as easy or clear-cut.
Could Lord of the Rings take place in a wainscot world? Yes, it honestly could. The only part of the story that would be changed is that the story would no longer be a prehistory, unless it was set early in Earth's history. Honestly, if you set the story during the time of Rome, and made Mount Doom into Mt Vesuvius, then the story would be just as poignant.
So why Wainscot?
Honestly, the only reason to choose a Wainscot world over an Invented world is control.
When you create a new world/cosmos, you have total control over every aspect of the world. You get to decide what is and isn't natural, as well as extremely precise control over the cultures and histories of the people who populate your world.
A Wainscot is helpful when you want to call up cultural, ethnic, or historical references.
Why is Harry Potter a wainscot?
- It is easier to understand quidditch when you can reference soccer.
- Rowling didn't have to explain wizarding education or politics, because she could reference its British equivalence.
- It was easier to hide Harry outside the Wainscot than within it.
Think about it: Terry Goodkind had to put up a magical barrier in his world to hide Richard. That is a lot more work than dropping him off with a group of muggles.
So which is better?
It depends on your audience. Genre readers are used to flipping back and forth from between fantastical worlds, but the average reader is not. If you look at the best sellers charts (granted they have their own problems), you will see that most of the best seller are Wainscots.
I might be suffering from a perception filter, but it really does seem that way. Just because it is easier to mainstream a wainscot world than an invented world is not a great reason to choose to write one, but it is something to consider?
Do you have any thoughts? Questions? Comments about wainscot stories? If so, leave me a comment, and I will do my best to answer them.
Fans would be willing to accept further adventures of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly in an animation style. The bigger question is would the general public accept further adventures in animation style? Would the studios have the patience to back and distribute further adventures in animation style?
Joss Whedon has already transitioned those settings and characters into a comic format. There is great acceptance and love for the continuation of the series in print comic form. This leaves a short step to move from print to animation.
The current success of animated shows both on TV and in the direct to DVD markets also support the plausibility of doing more animated shows. Clone Wars had a rocky start getting accepted though most of it was due to the new style they used in animation that took some getting used to. The Simpsons had a lucky start with "bartmania" that still gets large ratings decades latter. Both DC and Marvel’s direct to DVD animated movies prove both quality in animated projects and how they can cater to the adult market.
We face several problems that are hindering future projects.
General Public Prejudice
The general public in the American market has a prejudice against animated shows. When first approaching an animated show they presume it is for children not adults. Many don’t even bother to give those shows the time of day unless they are bringing their kids to watch it.
Though this public prejudice has decreased some in recent years it is still rampant. I could not count the number of adults that give subtle nonverbal clues of disdain when they find out I’m watching Clone Wars or Planet Hulk. Others still voice their prejudice by replying “I thought that was a show for kids?”
Many creators of animated projects have their demons to wrestle with too. First, before the project is even done they have to admit they won’t win any prizes for the work due to the prejudice in viewing it as less no matter how brilliant and deserving. Look at Avatar, the movie would have been better going full animation but instead it went with live action parts so that it could be a “movie with cool special effects”.
This prejudice holds back studios from giving a green light to an animated project that is not targeted toward the children / young adult markets. This forces many good projects to include in kidsey elements and to remove some of the better adult elements. Clone Wars season one is a great example of this problem. The show was so much less than it could have been. Once they got past the prejudice it got better in season two.
I Find Their Lack of Faith Most Disturbing
Because of the prejudice against animated projects they tend to take longer before picking up larger audience share.
Studios have been trending toward a less lenient policy when it comes to new projects. They have been quick to cancel projects that don’t show immediate success.
This is a recipe for failure by proclamation instead of giving the project time to get over the inherent hurdles.
A New Hope
I hope that the American public continues to learn from the Japanese, and Korean animated markets.
I hope that we continue to see the trend in the decline of prejudice against animated projects.
I would love to see the continuing adventures of Firefly and Buffy the vampire slayer in animated format.
I've always wanted a Faith The Vampire Slayer series and wrote up a series outline. Maybe one day I will hook up with some animators.
I hope John finds some animator to help him with his Faith the Vampire Slayer project and that they then check in with us for many more projects.
- Get your copy of Serenity Comic: Those Left Behind from amazon
- Get your copy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic lovingly called Season 8 from amazon
“Joss Whedon has mastered the art of melding the newest technology with inspired storytelling, truly exemplifying the spirit of the Vanguard Award,” said David Friendly and Laurence Mark, co-chairs of the PGA Awards.
It's great that the Producers Guild of America is recognizing Joss Whedon's achivements. Creator of great shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. I can't wait to see his next project.
Hopefully from Joss' great experience with Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog the next project will be another independent project.
(via Slice of SciFi)
The Willow one shot comic issue for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 will be out December 23 2009. For now there are some panels out and they look great. I would love a poster of this cover.
Joss Whedon is back for this issue which is a Willow focused issue. This rocks she is my favorite character.
“All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of Sunnydale, and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become.” (via News a Rama)
Joss Whedon has agreed to direct one of the back nine episodes that Fox just ordered. -EW
This comes as bitter-sweet news since Fox will be canceling Dollhouse.
Joss is a big fan of Glee which comes as no big surprise for several reasons.
- The show rocks!
- The music is great
- The messages behind the story is both challenging and edifying
I’m stoked to find Joss is directing an episode. He is brilliant director who also shares in a passion for music. His episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog are testaments to his acumen in that field. Personally I hope the episode he directs is the one where Will and Finn find out that they have been lied to about their fatherhood.
The bitter part of this news is that it comes out on the back of Fox’s announcement of canceling Dollhouse. I have been silent so far on this subject because I feel a long string of expletives wont solve any thing.
If Fox thinks this move will appease the fans for all of the BS over Dollhouse then they are more foolish then originally believed. There is a coming storm but Fox will find it a quiet one. Fox doesn’t respect Joss, they don’t respect the fans and so I will not support them. They are lucky that Glee is over there it’s the last Fox show I watch. They should thanks their lucky stars that they didn’t cancel Glee like they originally wanted to before it got a chance to air.
On the plus side Joss is free of them once again and I hope that he goes independent with Dollhouse or at least with his next project. I can’t wait for Doctor Horrible 2 and other projects out of Joss Whedon Digital Studio.
It's no secret that I am not a fan of Twilight and that I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so when you can imagine the glee I felt when I saw this video of Buffy slaying Edward. Well edited and funny, this is a great fan edit!
Stay Alive ttto: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
Vampires in my bed and demons in the kitchen Some folks say that it’s just superstition But I’ve seen lots of dead things come alive. Out on patrol and my heart starts thumpin’ But I’m not scared of the things that go bump in The night - it’s just my job and I’ll survive.
Got to stay alive Just so I can keep on slayin'. But I can't get by On what the Council's payin'. I’m the chosen one But those old farts don't seem to get it How come I do all the work and They take all the credit?
Stay alive I'm still only in my teens And I'm five-by-five But I don't know what that means Fighting the undead I know that I'll do my best But I'm filled with dread 'Cuz I'm gonna flunk my math test!
My freshman year would've made you shudder Then I gained a sister and I lost a mother Now I've got a mortgage and lots of bills to pay Facing Armageddon with a bunch of my friends If we don't save the day the world's gonna end The tide's gonna turn Then we'll do it all again next May.
Got to stay alive With the world on my shoulders Barely getting by And feeling so much older Should be dating guys And cutting college courses Not fighting demon gods and Dark primeval forces
But I'm getting out I've found a good solution I will bring about A Slayer revolution Let the power spread I've got the job of my dreams 'Cuz I'm at the head Of a Chosen pyramid scheme!