Long ago, there were adventures. The plots were fun and the characters weren’t as realistic as those of today. Conan was big, fast, strong, and brutal with the ability to survive everything. Also an odd penchant for choking enemies more than beheading them. At least in the collection I read. Anyway, these were the days of the fun escapism and pulp fiction. Feels like another world when I read those stories and I’m not talking about where Conan is wandering. It’s like there was an old society that cherished these kinds of tales more than we do today.
I’ve been playing with such a series while I try to get my head together. Yet, I keep coming back to one question:
IS THERE STILL A PLACE FOR ADVENTURES?
You don’t see things like this any more. People seem to want epic-spanning tales, hot romance, angst, death, and things that are rather heavy. So one has to wonder if there’s an audience for a story that is only a little more than ‘main character kicks ass and goes on quest among minor characters’. Sure it’s simple, but I’m looking those short tales that one reads to relax. I assume people still read to relax.
I’m a big fan of the epic series as demonstrated by Legends of Windemere. Yet I think I should enter into the smaller stuff a bit. I might write the first one or two over the summer then see what happens. Cover art would be the issue again since I don’t want to pester Jason with too much side work since he’s really busy. This is going in the wrong direction right now, so redirection!
I, for one, would really enjoy these making a comeback even if it’s an underground guilty pleasure. These are pure fun if you’re willing to drift into the world. As for the author side, I can see this being a low-stress project to toy around with various styles and small ideas that you don’t think could work for a big story. Again, the question comes up if people will be interested in such a thing.
What do people think of adventures that are written purely for fun? Could pulp fiction thrive in the modern world?