Betrayal and Hope: The Chuck Season Finale

From what I’ve read around the Internet, the response to the Chuck season finale has been positive, maybe even overwhelmingly so.  Fans have loved the twist at the ending, and are looking forward to seeing how it plays out in a fifth and final season, now that we know for sure that Chuck has been renewed for another 14 episodes come fall.

But can I respectfully disagree?

I didn’t like it.  And I’m someone who has watched Chuck from the very beginning, who owns it on DVD, and who is thrilled there is going to be a fifth season.  I’m a fan--a huge fan--of the show, and I see the unbelievable elements of the show (I could give examples, but I’d be here all day) as a key part of what makes the show great, rather than a reason to write it off.

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In Defense of the Trinity

One of the more maligned attributes of MMOs like World of Warcraft is the ‘trinity’ system of gameplay.  Under this system, each player’s role is divided into one of three categories, namely Healer (keep your pals alive), Tank (absorb the enemies’ damage) or DPS (“Damage Per Second” - blast your enemies to smithereens).  Many players feel that this is a very limiting setup -- they feel pigeonholed into one role and must continue casting a single set of spells or stabbing over and over until any particular encounter is over.  This ‘key-mashing’ can become boring and frustrating to long-time players and can lead to all sorts of complaints.

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Welcome to Fantasy Matters!

Fantasy MattersA few years ago, three friends got together and organized a conference on fantasy literature in Minneapolis, Minnesota called Fantasy Matters.  Over 100 people showed up to talk about the importance of fantasy literature--in the things they were writing, in the scholarship they were doing, and in the books they were reading--and we started a lot of great conversations.

This website is a way for us to continue those conversations that we started back in 2007, and for us to start new ones about the impact that fantasy (and its related genres) has on us as readers, writers, viewers, gamers, teachers, and human beings.  We think there's a lot to be said, and we hope that this can become a place in which we can say it.

Our official launch date is June 1, and we hope that you come back then and become part of the conversation!

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