Tuesday, April 26, 2011

V: Vanguard

Not long ago my daughter and I were watching a movie and someone was being honored by riding in the vanguard.  She didn't know what a vanguard was and we had a long discussion about it.  Later I thought about some of the trail blazers who were the vanguard for today's popular fiction in books and movies.

No doubt JRR Tolkien led the way for many of today's fantasy authors.  JK Rowling did the same for the upsurge in YA fantasy.  I believe she inspired an entire generation of eager readers.  Nora Roberts set a standard for prolific and versatile writers of romance and suspense, earning success and fame beyond most who came before her.

The original Star Wars began a new era in movie series. The Superman movies of the late 70's revived the super hero genre and we're still enjoying that today.  I would call both those franchises the vanguard of their genres.

What book or movies would you say led the way in their field either today or yesterday?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Raiders of the Lost Ark reset the standard for adventure flicks.

Bish Denham said...

Dr. Seuss set a new standard for picture books.

Bossy Betty said...

I agree with Bish!

M.J. Fifield said...

Star wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark are great movie examples. I'd say Disney did a helluva lot for animated films- leading up to Pixar taking over the crown.

J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss are great author examples. I'd suggest Stephen King in the horror genre too.

Cate Masters said...

Emma Bull's War for the Oaks is touted as the first urban fantasy written. I enjoyed it, but more recent urban fantasies outshine it today.

Joanne said...

Hitchcock was the master in the way movies were shot. Genious! great "V" post! Blessings, Joanne

Shannon Lawrence said...

I write YA fantasy and agree with JK Rowling opening the way for that, as well as for books with a male at the helm in fantasy (I am finding far more female characters out there in YA fantasy).

I think Superman also brought about comic book movies, which are basically the same as super heroes, but they're flawed somehow, like Batman, the X-Men, etc.

Good luck on the final week of the A to Z Challenge!