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Which Fantasy Stories Most Inspire You to Want to Fight For Freedom?

Which authors and filmmakers best used the genre to explore themes of war and Good's triumph over Evil? David P. Goldman's It's Not the End of the world, It's Just the End of You offers a unique perspective on Lord of the Rings.

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July 23, 2014 - 5:05 pm

In partnership with the new fiction publishing platform Liberty Island, PJ Lifestyle is going to begin promoting and co-hosting a series of debates and discussions about popular culture. The goal is to figure out what works and what doesn’t so that in the future we can promote and create better fiction and culture of our own. These are public brainstorming sessions for writers and culture advocates interested in developing a more vibrant popular culture. You’re invited to submit your answers to any of these questions — or a related one of your own! — that interests you:

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"Tolkien detested Wagner's neopaganism." - David P. "Spengler" Goldman, page 77 of It's Not the End of th

PJ Lifestyle Pop Culture Debates Features a new prompt each weekday to weigh the good, the bad, the overrated, the unbelievable, and the amazing throughout the worlds of books, film, and TV. We can't figure out how to build a greater pop culture until we dissect the mess we already have. Want to contribute your perspective to the debate? Email PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle with your take: DaveSwindlePJM [@] gmail.com Image via shutterstock/ DarkGeometryStudios
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A Canticle for Liebowitz
9 weeks ago
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The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad. Nah, just kidding.

Seriously, I'd say The Screwtape Letters, which defines the mechanics of evil, told as advice from a senior demon to a junior demon on how to corrupt people and, upon successful corruption, devour their souls. Thematically there's not much dif between devouring a soul and "owning" someone; when someone is owned, the owner is, in a sense, devouring that person's life. Seeing it spelled out like that lets you recognize that kind of life-devouring evil when you see it in the real world -- and motivates you to fight against it. Result: Fighting for freedom.
10 weeks ago
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>>Seriously, I'd say The Screwtape Letters, which defines the mechanics of evil, told as advice from a senior demon to a junior demon on how to corrupt people and, upon successful corruption, devour their souls.
One of the things I loved most about The Screwtape letters was how it opened my eyes to different kinds of sin. His example of Gluttony isn't someone who eats a lot, but a fussy woman, who is very particular, overly concerned about her toast.
9 weeks ago
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"Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott

http://www.primewire.ag/watch-25673-Ivanhoe
10 weeks ago
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The Guardians of the Flame by Joel Rosenberg.
The Toolmaker Koan by John McLoughlin
Star Child by James Hogan
10 weeks ago
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None of them. The closest any author comes to my views about the "fight for freedom" is Terry Pratchett in "Night Watch." Among other things:

“And so the children of the revolution were faced with the age-old problem: it wasn't that you had the wrong kind of government, which was obvious, but that you had the wrong kind of people.
As soon as you saw people as things to be measured, they didn't measure up.”

and:

“One of the hardest lessons in young Sam's life had been finding out that the people in charge weren't in charge. It had been finding out that governments were not, on the whole, staffed by people who had a grip, and that plans were what people made instead of thinking.”
10 weeks ago
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Good question. The Lord of the Rings is a good example.
10 weeks ago
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