Thursday, 28 April 2011

Geek references in my first novella

Usually I don't mention my writing in my blog unless it deals with something geeky, even if it is only the context not the content that was geeky as was the case with my first blog entry, the Prometheus Bound post. True to my word this is about something geeky! In this case it is the geek influences and references in my first novella: Culiref. The novella isn't published but I completed it way back in 2007, the best year I have ever lived. My ex has the original handwritten copy of the novella but I have typed backups so she won't be stealing my work! Anyway my first novella was only geeky in terms of the inspirations behind it, something I didn't think much of at the time but I didn't have this blog then!

Without further ado here are those influences and references behind my first novella.

1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Without this manga I might not have chosen the Seven Sins as the adversaries of my first novella Culiref.

These are Arakawa's seven sins not mine. Mine Wear robes.

2. Harry Potter: I completed my first novella when I was reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It has the same tone of increasing grimness towards the end, just before the protagonists save the day.

3. Naruto: The techniques under the umbrella of what I call Zodiac magic in the novella is very similar to the ninja magic used in the Naruto manga. Also my second protagonist of the novella is called Shikashinzo which means 'deer heart'. The shika part of the word is inspired by the Naruto character Shikamaru.

4. Dragonball: I clearly remember having Majin Buu in mind when I was writing the part of the novella when Sloth curls into an inpenetrable ball. The Culirefian Sasha was directly inspired in physique and temprament by the warrior in the Bardock tv special called Fasha, who some Dragonball fans including myself argue it is possible was Goku's biological mother. The muscle expansion of Hesus when he snaps is a homage to Trunks in the Cell saga, he isn't obviously bulky to start with then bulks up when he transforms into Ascended Super Saiyan.

5.The Avengers: The battle cry of the Culirefians "Culirefians Unite!" was a very conscious mirror to the Avenger's battle cry "Avengers Assemble!"

No I really couldn't resist. However this version of Norman Osborn isn't the same as my regular meme guest. I have no intention of changing my guest from Osborn.

6. His Dark Materials: The idea of an evil angel pretending to be a god.

And now over to Norman!

Thank you Geordie Green Lantern. I have never approved of Avengers, Dark or regular. Interesting to see an alternative version of me up there. He seems to be wearing some sort of armor. Wonder how he got that. Anyway, today I approve of geeky inspirations in writing.

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