Shadow Control: Batman’s Relationship with Himself Through his Enemies

Many would agree that one of the reasons why Batman is among the more popular superheroes is the ensemble of villains he fights, and that he is defined by these men and women. Practically every single villain is insane to one degree or another. Each is also a reflection of Batman, and the question is often raised whether or not he is the creator of his villains, or whether they created him. Many of these ideas and the symbols associated with them tie into the Jungian archetype of the Shadow. Bruce Wayne has many personal demons to control, much as his alter-ego does with villains like the Joker, or Two Face, and the Shadow archetype is representative of this. In Christopher Nolan’s film version of The Dark Knight he brings this idea to fruition. The Joker and Two Face are used to reflect Batman’s darker side and how close he is to becoming like one of them. They are all, including Batman, part of a Jungian shadow complex that is evident in Bruce Wayne. Wayne not only has to deal with the anti-heroes of Gotham, he has to deal with the possibility that his own split personality is one of them. However, in the film, it becomes evident that Bruce Wayne is able to take responsibility for his actions and turn chaos into order, which is what allows him to control his shadow rather than let it turn him into a villain. Continue reading “Shadow Control: Batman’s Relationship with Himself Through his Enemies”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: Fantasy in Great Britain

Magic is part of our world in many areas. However, there are some areas of Earth that seem to attract magic and fantasy more than others. One of these areas is known in modern days as Great Britain. The United States has similar qualities but to a lesser degree. It would increase in importance in the future.

After the events of The Lord of the Rings, the entire planet underwent several changes. Continents would move, some areas would flood, and in some areas, new land would arise. That is why it looks very different in different eras of time. Even the seasons were changed for a time, becoming longer. However, the basic shape and positioning of Great Britain was preserved. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: Fantasy in Great Britain”

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The Lord of the Rings and Escapism

Note: This is a paper I did for a British literature class. The paper covers escapism found in modern fantasy literature and using The Lord of the Rings as my primary example. I think it’s one of my best papers so far.

In an academic setting, if you ever mention Twilight, or Harry Potter, or Star Wars, alongside The Faerie Queen, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Beowulf, or even Frankenstein you will quickly be excused from the conversation. This often creates conflict between fans and academics. For instance, The Lord of the Rings has often been both praised and rejected by the literary world. This bias is often attributed to “escapism,” considered an inferior reason to read literature. It would be better to read in order to better perceive reality, to understand, to learn…wouldn’t it? Though “escapist” literature has often been frowned upon in the academic community, a close study of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings reveals that escapism is part of human nature and therefore can enhance our reality, instead of covering it up. Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings and Escapism”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Truth of Earth Mythology

Myths are one popular form of fantasy and/or science fiction with many variations and explanations. The popularity of these myths is proof that there is some truth to them. This post explains how all of the different myths fit together, especially the nature of mythological “gods” and how they fit into the fandom timeline. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Truth of Earth Mythology”

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Why all Storytellers and Businesses Should Consider Cross-platform Storytelling

This is something I think every storyteller and entertainment business should learn, that creating a multi-platform story can only help the success of that story. Generally speaking, in any entertainment franchise, there is a particular medium that is the “core” of the story. For Star Wars it’s film, for Harry Potter it’s books, for Halo it’s video games. However, many of these do not exclude themselves only to these mediums, instead of branching out to include others. These are some of the stories that we specialize in here at All Timelines. And here are some reasons why this should be used more than it is. Continue reading “Why all Storytellers and Businesses Should Consider Cross-platform Storytelling”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: How ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Fits In

The mythos of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a big part of the ultimate fandom timeline. Most of the history of middle-earth consists of the first history of our world. I have already mentioned how the Earth was created by Illuvatar, one of the supreme beings, with the help of his first children, the Ainur. One of those, Melkor, was responsible for all things of evil on the planet. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: How ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Fits In”

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All Marvel Cinematic Universe Films – Ranked

While I don’t always condone comparison (it’s possible to like DC and Marvel, people), it is sometimes fun to spur conversation with rankings. In a way, it’s a lot like posting quick reviews for a lot of movies at once. You liked such-and-such movie? Then you might like this one even more! That sort of thing.

So this will be the first of probably several such posts, and we will keep these updated as new movies come out. We’re starting with one of our longer lists, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Remember that this ranking is entirely subjective, our opinion, and subject to change. Continue reading “All Marvel Cinematic Universe Films – Ranked”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Origin of the Earth

Perhaps we are deceiving ourselves by thinking so, but our world holds a special significance in the universe. That is why the people like the Doctor have taken a special interest in it. Not all planets, even inhabited ones, get that kind of galactic attention. Perhaps it is because the greatest multiverse known to man was produced here, or perhaps the people of Earth have a special destiny in the future. Whatever the case, the formation of Earth was an important event in the history of our universe. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Origin of the Earth”

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Novelization of the First Scene in ‘Casino Royale’

This is a class assignment that I got to do. The class was a literature and film class, focusing mainly on how one platform is adapted to another. In this assignment we got to take a short scene from a movie and adapt it as a novelization, or short story. I chose to take my scene from the very beginning of Casino Royale the twenty-first James Bond film, and one of my favorite scenes in film. I hope you enjoy. I, of course, do not own the rights to any of these characters or situations. This is posted entirely as a showcase of a school project.

James Bond sat quietly in the dark, waiting for his second kill to arrive. It was dark, after midnight, but he knew the man would show up soon. He always appeared at this time of night to perform his dirty work. Bond had already met up with the man’s contact and there wasn’t much to fear from him now. He had later combed through Dryden’s office and set his trap. There was no way that the man could possibly escape him now. Continue reading “Novelization of the First Scene in ‘Casino Royale’”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we are given another story. We know from the popularity of the Star Wars saga, that it comes very close to the truth. But why would this be important to us, considering it has very little to do with our own universe. Even today, this is not entirely clear. It may be because we learn more of the Celestial supreme beings, one of which created Earth. It may be because it was one of the first universes where magic was readily used by mortals. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: A Galaxy Far, Far Away”

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What will the Lord of the Rings Amazon Series Be About?

I enjoy speculating a lot. Especially when we still know very little about the thing I’m speculating about. It’s always fun when something I predicted ends up happening. And when it doesn’t, that’s fine too. It’s just fun.

Recently in the news, you may have heard that Amazon is creating a Lord of the Rings series. Details are scarce, but we know that it’s a prequel series to The Fellowship of the Ring, has the potential for multiple spin-offs, and we also know that they have the cooperation of the Tolkien Estate. What we don’t know is whether it will be canonical with the Peter Jackson films, or if they will be their own thing. Continue reading “What will the Lord of the Rings Amazon Series Be About?”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Origin of the Multiverse

The Nature of the Multiverse

The multiverse is something that has emerged from time to time, though eventually, it has always reverted to the original single timeline. Time is constant, and though it can be fragmented, eventually each separate timeline will re-converge, much like a wound will eventually heal.

A multiverse will only begin if an event (or multiple events) create such strain on the timeline that it is forced to fragment to save itself from breaking completely. This act is usually rare and localized. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Origin of the Multiverse”

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Three Things to Remember When Studying Adaptations

Fidelity in Adaptations

When you are studying adaptations, it is important to remember that fidelity is not a valid criterion for understanding them. Fidelity implies a direct adaptation, changing only the actual media platform it uses. This is not a good way to study adaptations because it is impossible to study a work of media, when presented on another media platform, as the same thing. They are entirely different. For example, a book is words on a page that people imagine as they read them.

A movie is a bunch of images strung together: light hitting a piece of film. You simply cannot translate one thing to another without making “changes” to the story. For example, some things are easier to do in literature than in film, like point of view. POV can be used constantly in a written medium, but is very hard to sustain for long periods of time in film because of the viewers need to actually see the protagonist. Continue reading “Three Things to Remember When Studying Adaptations”

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Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Origin of Magic

The origin of magic occurred very early on in the timeline of the universe. While you could argue that magic existed in the early years when time had not yet solidified, this would be better classified as simple chaos, not quite magic. Mario might have been able to throw fire balls, but there was little structure to his magical abilities. Magic as we know it didn’t arrive until several billion years later. Continue reading “Ultimate Fandom Timeline: The Origin of Magic”

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Why an Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-off Won’t be Boring

I’ve been waiting to write about this for a long time, ever since rumors/speculation hinted at an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin-off film. I’ve seen a lot of people supportive of the idea, but I’ve also seen a lot of head-scratching.

“How can they make an Obi-Wan film?” they ask. “I want a film with new characters and storylines. Obi-Wan was just sitting around guarding Luke for 19 years.”

First of all, was he? Second of all, even if he did, there’s plenty of potential stories there. Who knows what kind of trouble might have come for Obi-Wan or Luke in that time.

So with that in mind, here are all the reasons why I think an Obi-Wan movie will not be boring, or in other words, why I don’t think he was just chilling in his hut for 19 years. Continue reading “Why an Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-off Won’t be Boring”

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