Occupying our imagination and giving us visual representation of out of this world scenarios, fantasy movies are children’s favorite, but also do not exclude adult audience. Engaging our minds and our hearts, these stories of unknown heroes and strange worlds, brought to life on the silver screen present the part of our lives that can never be changed or forgot, even though they are completely made up by one person.
The Lord of the Rings Universe – spawning from books of the original trilogy and then many other books set in the same universe, expanded by the movie adaptations of both “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films, TLotR universe offers us the perfect example of the epic fantasy. Just like Tolkien set epic fantasy literature genre ablaze and made it popular world-wide, the movies based from his books did the same for the movie industry. Without the amazing success of Peter Jackson’s film, we would never see The Game of Thrones or many other epic fantasy films and the moviegoers would be so much poorer at heart without it. The hobits, orcs, dwarves, elves and many other creatures seen here are now a part of the pop culture and we will never forget them as they became a standard part o the epic worlds many other film authors are making. And it all started with The Lord of the Rings.
Harry Potter Universe – J. K. Rowling’s books set the teenage world on fire and the movie caught the wave and made it even more popular. Masterfully done, it presents the perfect picture of the book universe and depicts it in a way that captured the hearts and loyalty of millions of fans world-wide. Expanded to numerous video games and more books to come, Harry Potter even got a theatrical version with a brilliant play. There are theme parks and amusement centers set in Harry Potter style proving that a film can have incredible impact on our lives.
Wizards, dark lords, flying broomsticks and invisible cloaks that we have seen here were the greatest gifts to our childhood and the way that they were made will remain a part of us forever.
Star Wars Universe – one of the first space operas, and certainly the one with the most success, Star Wars is a universe like no other. Made up by the series author George Lucas, original Star Wars trilogy was supplemented by 4 more movies, and more to come, as well as with dozens of books, comics, games and animated series.
There is probably no other universe that lived to see such a wide variety of follow up material and the fan base might be the biggest in the world. The Force, lightsabers, Jedi and Sith masters are something that almost everybody knows about, proving how much mainstream audience got to know about the geek Star Wars universe. Original Star Wars film saga is even getting a side movie series featuring a side story to the main one we are used to.
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