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Postby Aaron Stack » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:07 pm

As suggested by Jahaili, post links to any works (books, movies, video games, illustrated manuscripts, etc.) you reference frequently in this thread. Ideally, add in some reason beyond "Because it should be" why it should be on the list; a useful reason would be 'This shows how to do character development really well', or 'There's a great example of foreshadowing here that isn't painfully, immediately obvious'.

As we add new works, I will be editing this post to add a chronological list of our references (from first post to last post).

Fair Warning: For my own sanity, please keep discussion of references - or anything unrelated to references - out of this thread. If I have to wade through five layers of replies to get to one reference, Bad Things will happen. Likely to your face.

Second Fair Warning: I will eventually be sorting this alphabetically when submissions die down a bit. I am keeping the list categories fairly broad; if something is both a movie and a book, I list it under 'Books and Tabletop RPGs'.

    Movies and Television Series:
  • Fight Club(movie) (great foreshadowing, amazing characterization, interesting way of doing "info dumps" that aren't info dumps, even better in the novel)
  • The Illusionist (for its characters and use of foreshadowing and second-person narration)
  • Breaking Bad for the amazing characters

    Books and Tabletop RPGs:
  • Unknown Armies, 2nd Edition
  • Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott
  • Hyperion, by Dan Simms
  • Game of Thrones (book series/TV series)
  • Mistborn (book series)
  • LoTR(movie and Books) Because all modern fantasy is characterized and informed by it.
  • Discworld, by Terry Prachet or Hitchiker's series by Douglas Adams (they do humor and breaking the fourth wall well.
  • On Writing by Stephen King - nuts and bolts idiot's guide on how to write stuff from someone that has been very successful at writing stuff.
  • World Building by Stephen L. Gillett
  • Aliens and Alien Societies by Stanley Schmidt
  • The Writer's Guide to Creating a Science Fiction Universe by George Ochoa and Jeffrey Osier
  • Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • The Sundering by Jacqueline Carey. On the issue of making the fantasy epic shade of grey she does a great job about it. She succeeds in making it us vs. them not good vs evil.
  • The Conan short stories by Robert E. Howard. The the one's written by the creator. Mentioned for the great action prose and general ethos of the works.
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

    Video Games:
  • Bastion (video game)
  • Mass Effect (Video game series)

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Re: References

Postby STGGrant » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:11 pm

Unknown Armies, 2nd Edition
Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott
Hyperion, by Dan Simms
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Re: References

Postby Timespike » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:13 pm

Bastion (video game)
Game of Thrones (book series/TV series)
Mistborn (book series)

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Re: References

Postby Addicted2aa » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:22 pm

LoTR(movie and Books) Because all modern fantasy is characterized and informed by it.

Fight Club(movie) (great foreshadowing, amazing characterization, interesting way of doing "info dumps" that aren't info dumps, even better in the novel)

Discworld, by Terry Prachet or hitchikers series (they do humor and breaking the fourth wall well.
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Re: References

Postby Timespike » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:23 pm

Mass Effect (Video game series) gets referenced an awful lot, too.

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Re: References

Postby clintmemo » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:54 pm

On Writing by Stephen King - nuts and bolts idiot's guide on how to write stuff from someone that has been very successful at writing stuff.
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Re: References

Postby Jahaili » Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:09 pm

Wheel of Time. I know I've brought it up several times for a good example of worldbuilding.

Also, I believe you mention The Illusionist frequently.

Stack, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, perhaps we (meaning you) could organize the list into sections (books, movies, etc...)?
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Re: References

Postby Aaron Stack » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:25 pm

Jahaili wrote:Stack, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, perhaps we (meaning you) could organize the list into sections (books, movies, etc...)?


I like the idea of an unorganized list causing you immeasurable pain until you get my stuff looked at ;) But honestly, it would make me happier to be organized like that too. I just didn't know how much of what would pop up, and I'm not going to have "well that's not really a book so much as a role playing setting" arguments with people.
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Re: References

Postby Addicted2aa » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:56 pm

Why not? that's what the internet is for?
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Re: References

Postby Jahaili » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:16 pm

Aaron Stack wrote:
Jahaili wrote:Stack, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, perhaps we (meaning you) could organize the list into sections (books, movies, etc...)?


I like the idea of an unorganized list causing you immeasurable pain until you get my stuff looked at ;) But honestly, it would make me happier to be organized like that too. I just didn't know how much of what would pop up, and I'm not going to have "well that's not really a book so much as a role playing setting" arguments with people.


Jerk. :p

But work comes before anything I do for free/fun. So you just hold your horses.

That's such a weird idiom.
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