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The psychology of Shannara: Using the Elfstones

By Jay Scarlet

The recent announcement that MTV has decided to renew The Shannara Chronicles for a season 2, along with the apparent likelihood that the new season will continue to follow the same characters (rather than skipping straight to adapting the next book in Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, which features the next generation of heroes), means that writers of the television show will have an opportunity to delve more into some of the psychological nuance that pervades the novels. In no case is this more necessary than in that of Wil Ohmsford and his use of the Elfstones.

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Magic ACT in Terry Brooks’ Landover

A guest post by Jay Scarlet

I’ve recently been re-reading a number of books by Terry Brooks, in part to refresh my memory ahead of the upcoming adaption of his Shannara series on MTV (so excited!!), in part out of a desire to revisit some of the books I had loved while growing up. In addition to Shannara books, I also read Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold! for the first time in probably 20-25 years.

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Why being a geek is good for you

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

J. K. Rowling

 I recently had the tremendous honor of attending, giving a keynote speech, and presenting a panel at MISTI-Con, a Harry Potter-themed conference that takes place once every two years. It was marvelous. Between the enchanted ball, the wicked murder mystery dinner, and the magical people that attended the con and put it together, it was an unbelievable experience.

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Psychology of Harry Potter: Post 3 of 3 (depression)

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it”

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the  Goblet of Fire

While not many of us have lost our parents to a dark wizard, many of us can relate to a deep deep sense of loss, having lost someone or something that meant a lot to us. That is also the story of Harry Potter. From the very beginning of the series we learn about the terrible loss, depression, and trauma that Harry and later, his friends, endure.

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