This past week was the release of Thor 2, The Dark World. Personally, I loved it. I think Kenneth Branagh was uniquely qualified for this task. However, it made me think about something intimately familiar with a lot of fantasy stories – making something small into something magnificent.

The heart of Thor 2, The Dark World, is a story about two brothers competing for the love and affection of their parents (in particular their father). It’s dressed up with men who are more than the average, with powers of flight and magical hammers. But really, when you get right down to the core of the plot, it’s about family.

The Game of Thrones is remarkably similar. Tyrion’s squabbling with his sister Cersei at the same time that Jamie fights with his father, Tywin, and his sister (Cersei), is a driving force of both books three and four. And it makes for such great drama.

Where Thor 2 is set on another world, The Game of Thrones is set in the past. Yet again, we have the same themes and motifs in both stories. Family, love, greed, lust, honor, and loyalty.

This is what people are really interested in, the psychological drama. It’s because we live it in our real lives all the time. For the writers out there, it’s important to remember that. I was asked what my favorite scenes to write are. The interviewer was surprised when I said the scenes that show the most about the characters – as in, not the cool fight scenes. The relationship of your characters drives your story forward. And no matter how you dress it up – whether you’re including werewolves, vampires, demons, or gods, magicians, wizards, or just plain old fashioned superheroes, focus on the person not the powers and you’ll go further than you would otherwise.

This past month we did a pre-launch of The Soul of the World, book 2 in the Legends of Amun Ra series. Stacey Blake of The Winey Reader blog wrote the following about The Soul of the World.

“These characters are real; they have vices and flaws; they need love and acceptance. All this makes the book so much more realistic even though much of it takes place on another planet. Amazing how humanity is the same everywhere.”

 It’s probably the greatest compliment I could receive as an author.

Read the full book review below:

About Joshua G. Silverman

As a child, Joshua has always been an amateur historian, focusing on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Roman civilizations.