Prior to my usual weekly post, we have a special guest post from the author of tomorrow’s reviewed book, The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume 1: Homecoming. So take it away, Mr. Fernandes.
Hi, my name is Kelvyn Fernandes, author of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi and I wanted to share an interesting method I use to better enjoy the content I take in which I also happen to use as a means of improving my writing!
I thoroughly enjoy consuming all forms of media. Be it movies, programs, music, comics, books, etc, I like to finish something start to end and then sit back to analyze what I just experienced. Was I able to understand the meaning the creator intended? Did the artist do a good job of expressing their message to me? Were the methods they used effective at delivering that message? And I’ve noticed, and subsequently learned to look out for, how one medium can encourage other media to evolve.
Of course, old films influence new films and old books influence new books. But it’s interesting to see how Marvel’s films lift scenes directly from comic panels or how the Uncharted video game series takes cues from Indiana Jones. The obvious connections are pretty easy to spot once
you start looking, but there are thousands of other subtle influences also woven into each work that you’ll never discover. Musical influences that inspire costume design, color gradients that inspire settings, vocabulary choices that take a life of their own to inspire new characters. All of these can be found when looking at one form of art and applying its lessons to another. And I’ve slowly learned how to take this approach with my work as well.
Adapting the way a manga fight is framed into the way I want my own fight scenes to flow. Adapting the cadence of a sinister score to the flow and delivery of my words to build tension as the plot unravels. Adapting the way video games gradually teach you how their mechanics work to the way I slowly reveal how characters’ powers interact with the world. Every piece of media I consume adds to the library of influences I keep with me and lets me enjoy each new morsel that much more. And each new experience provides a new lens from which I can step back and view my own writing journey.
I do hope you take a chance on The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi, and perhaps even add my story to your own growing library of influences!
Kelvyn Fernandes decided to follow his dream of becoming an author after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Biochemistry. He enjoys traveling and going on adventures, with his favorite pastime being back-country canoeing in Algonquin Park. He uses both his experiences with nature and education in the sciences to shape the world of the stories