Faerie Claims Rangers’ Heart

Some nice lighting going on in the just-posted YouTube iClone test-video “The Faerie Claims Rangers’ Heart“…

Somehow the gentler aspects of the Wild West of the woods & prairies and the faerie-world of Old Europe seem to ‘fit’ together. The fiction of Clifford Simak and Ray Bradbury (in his Dandelion Wine phase) seem to work at blending those sorts of subject areas, although shifting the classic faerie elements sideways into gentle science fiction. The graphic novel Tex Arcana took the idea in the direction of vampires and magic. But I don’t think anyone’s yet done a straight grown-up take on combining traditional American rural life and faerie, although Woody Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy had a very good try and apparently George Lucas (Star Wars) is currently working on a major faerie film. Averse as I am to seeing Victorian-style winged fairies in 3D stills work (such an unimaginative cliche), as a storytelling genre type they do seem ripe for a re-invention and re-booting. Perhaps in the manner of what Wim Wenders did for angels in Wings of Desire, leavened with some of the whimsy of the mid-series Northern Exposure. Although I suspect that Hollywood would just unthinkingly take them in its usual “add sex! and fangs!” direction.