We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.
Historical History Channel Show of the Day: In a logically consistent move, The History Channel, which in recent years has moved away from reality-based history programs toward fiction-based reality shows, is set to add its first reality-based fiction series — a 10-episode epic drama called Vikings.
Created by Tudors and Camelot showrunner Michael Hirst and produced by MGM TV, Vikings is expected to premiere in 2013 and will follow the misadventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the legendary Norse hero of Viking Age sagas.
History said in a statement that Vikings, much like Spartacus, will feature “imaginatively choreographed battles that emphasize individual points of view, strategies and ruses rather than mindless, graphic slaughter.”
That’s too bad. But I might still watch.
Yeah, that does sound vaguely interesting, but I’m still so pissed off at the History Channel. They sold their soul. Everything they stood for, and they threw it away. Now it’s all this stupid crap about aliens and cryptozoology and reality shows following around collectors. It’s no longer even about history.