Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Announcing A Grand, Weeks Long Epic Story Event!

First and foremost as a self-discipline tactic, I've been pondering a good way to emphasize and mark the period between Easter and Ascension Sunday, and choosing to focus on deep, epic story seemed the immediate and obvious conclusion. 

Which.... *pausing to fire off all the cannons*.... brings us to our deep, epic story blog party! (To which ye all are invited. ;))

Properly defined from Merriam-Webster, an epic is:

1) "A long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero (the Iliad and the Odyssey are epics)"

2) "A work of art (such as a novel or drama) that resembles or suggests an epic"

3) "Extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope"

And I know this is tricky to pin down, but for the purposes of this blog event, I'm defining deep story as involving real blood and sweat and tears, real risk and temptations, hard and shining loyalties, and often deep, earth-shaking hilarity; story of the kind that pierces to the heart, that sticks in your teeth, that changes the way you think, and that shapes what you love.

These are stories of lofty magnitude and sweeping proportions, which have themselves often engendered more stories and/or countless retellings. 

Larger-than-life stuff of the likes of Ben-Hur and Zorro and Robin Hood. Classic fairy-tales, of course, can fit in as well -- Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty & the Beast, etc.

Think Shakespeare and Chesterton and Lewis and Spenser and Star Trek and besieged castles and WWII. The category is huge and broad, with potential ideas springing left and right. (The two ginormous exceptions I'm making to this are LOTR and classic Westerns. Both form the definition of an epic, but I know of two separate blog parties happening round our corner of the blogosphere later this year and devoted to each one respectively, so I'm hoping to steer in a little different direction with this party. That said, if you have your heart set on posting something LOTR related, etc., I'm sure we can negotiate. ;)) 

Specifics: here at Along the Brandywine, we'll have -- not one -- but two giveaways over the course of the party and there'll be some sort of tag/questions to fill out + numerous other good little surprises popping up as we go along. You'll be able to contribute film reviews, book reviews, character studies, theme discussions, whatever celebratory things you'd love to share.

Last but not least, be sure to grab a button or two right now and share them round as widely as you can so other folks get the chance to join in the festivities.

So there ye have it! *rubbing hands with excited anticipation* I can't wait to hear what y'all think!


  1. I'm in. I'll review A Knight's Tale.

  2. This sounds so fun! I can't wait to join in!

  3. This sounds marvelous! I would like to review Willow (1988), please! Now the hard part is picking a banner because these are all so good...

    1. MovieCritic,
      Yay, I'm so happy you think so!! Yes indeedy... I may have gotten a little carried away *ahem*, but I was having so much fun and wanted to give an idea of the possibilities. xD

  4. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

    Man, I have too many ideas for this. I know we'd discussed a certain film in conjunction with the idea of this blogathon, but I'm kind of leaning in very different directions now. I have never reviewed Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and one of your buttons has my dear, dear Jack Aubrey on it, so I believe I'm going to go with that for my contribution. And I might do more than one. Maybe. But for sure, that one :-)

  5. This sounds like fun! I hope to join in!

  6. This will be a busy month for me, but this blog party looks so much fun, I really hope to join in!! If I have time, I'd like to contribute a blog post about Rosemary Sutcliff's epic adventure tales (Eagle of the Ninth, The Shield Ring, et al)

  7. Just discovered this little gem of a blog party! Will be back with my choice of review...

  8. This looks great! I'd like to review "House of Flying Daggers" if that's OK.

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  11. Hi, after our chat last night thought about it a bit more and going for Stardust (2007), it seems to fit in your daring deeds description quite nicely.

  12. Hi there Heidi

    Here's my review... https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2021/04/30/films-stardust-2007/


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