Television and film has historically not been kind to fantasy tales. Before the current successful Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter film franchises, Hollywood struggled to offer quality sword & sorcery movies — for every Conan the Barbarian, flops like Krull and Dungeons and Dragons were far more commonplace. But whereas Star Wars launched a wave of sci-fi films in the late ’70s and early ’80s, why hasn’t the LOTR series thus far accomplished the same feat? And how come we don’t see the subject matter being treated seriously on television, as opposed to the recent campy Hercules and Xena shows? My guest is fantasy author Jody Lynn Nye, whose book An Unexpected Apprentice was published in June and who also is the co-author with Robert Asprin on the long-running Myth Adventures series.[display_podcast] Â
Sword & Sorcery on the Screen, w/guest Jody Lynn Nye
Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.