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Friday, October 27, 2017

Introducing Noblebright Fantasy: A Guest Post and Instafreebie Giveaway

Are you tired of being depressed by Grimdark fantasy?  I know that I am.  In fact, I was never a fan of Grimdark.   I want to be inspired by fantasy.  That's why I've agreed to post a couple of promotions for the type of fantasy that is the opposite of Grimdark.


The following is a guest post by Arel B. Grant:

Do you know about Noblebright Fantasy?

Noblebright Fantasy refers to stories in which the main motivation of the characters is an altruistic proposal or quest, and the world in which they live upholds hope and the possibility of better. Noblebright stories present characters that choose to act with kindness and honor, and are rewarded for their good qualities and actions. In a Noblebright Fantasy, the outlook of the story is a positive one and the world presented, although not perfect, is beautiful and valuable in the eyes of the characters.

Noblebright Fantasy in other media.

Although the Noblebright concept made its debut within the gaming community, as a counterpart for the “Grimdark” denomination of the popular game WarHammer 40,000, its popularity has grown ever since, and given way for people to start applying it through other media. 

Literature, cinema, television, and comic books and animation are now being judged under this light, and the traits of Noblebright Fantasy are appearing in each of these spheres.
Today let’s talk about the genre as we can see it in the movie theaters.

Noblebright in the movies: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Probably the biggest exponent of the genre right now is Marvel Studios. Movies in their MCU have consistently kept to the Noblebright topic, presenting heroes that are self-sacrificing and have the power to save their worlds. From the plain courage and unshakable principles of Captain America to the self-imposed isolation of The Hulk, Marvel's heroes fight to protect those around them and use their strength not for personal gain, but for the greater good, even though it may not always benefit them. The Marvel movies present characters that are complicated and whose morals can be complicated, but that ultimately choose altruism over selfishness where it really matters.

Marvel villains are also complex and Noblebright in their own right. Recent examples like Thor's Loki, Guardians of the Galaxy's Nebula, and Spiderman Homecoming's Vulture are just some of them. They are villains that can be redeemed and hold qualities you can empathize with, and in one way or the other, they end up bowing to the heroes that protect their worlds.

Noblebright in the movies: May the Noble Force be with you

Another great example of a Straight-to-Cinema Noblebright piece is everyone's darling space opera, Star Wars. The Skywalker siblings' thrilling journey to rid the galaxy of the evil empire and restore the reign of piece of the Jedi knights is a wonderful example of Noblebright Fantasy. Luke and Leia's struggle, their courage and their strength, make for amazing heroes. The overall outlook of the story is filled with humor, adventure and the hope for victory. And their journey through the galaxy, although ripe with danger, is also filled with wonder, love and excitement.

Yet again in Star Wars' case, the villain is a crucial and interesting part of the story, and its redemption through family love at the end, contributes to the Noblebright quality of the piece. It leaves in the audience the message that the world can be saved, and even the utmost evil can be cleansed with the power of determination and kindness.

Noblebright in the movies: Pirates, Robots and More...

Beyond just the epic sagas and block-buster phenomenons, the Noblebright concept has been re-used in cinema many times over the years, not only because of its positive message. With its hopeful outlook, Noblebright Fantasy offers the audience the opportunity to believe in better, to strive for better, and to submerge themselves in a world that can be changed by the action of its heroes, that can be improved with the right motive, with determination, courage and kindness. Whether it be a young girl lost in a fantasy land, a conniving pirate entangled in a seven-seas quest, or a teenage boy caught in an intergalactic struggle with sentient robots, the Noblebright message at the core it's still the same:

"It's worth it to act. It's worth it to risk it. With your actions, you can make this world better" 

 Heroes and Swords: A Noblebright Fantasy Collection.

In the spirit of the classic fantasy of Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Brandon Sanderson, authors of Noblebright Fantasy all around the world have come together in this E-book giveaway. With stories that are uplifting and full of hope, and heroes who strive for goodness and fight to save their worlds, Heroes and Swords will transport readers back to the glory of heroic fantasies, fabulous quests and characters full of charisma and courage  


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