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May 14 2013 9:30am

Otherworldly: What to Read and Watch If You Love Lost Girl’s Worldbuilding

Season 3 cast of Lost GirlOne thing about the creators and writers of Lost Girl: they’ve spent a lot of time constructing this interesting re-imagination of the world we live in. Everything from the Dal being a place of neutrality between the Light and Dark Fae...not to mention the unaligned ones...to incorporating Dyson’s wolfness into a variety of Fae are just a small sample of what we’ve encountered over the last three seasons. It has taken things we may have learned (and quickly disregarded) in high school to whole new levels.

Sure, along the way, they may have some continuity errors. They might have also irked their fans with storylines that sometimes go against popular opinion (you really can’t please everyone), but they work hard to bring interesting mythologies from around the world and make it entertaining for us viewers. With the introduction of Tamsin, a Valkyrie, in season three, we caught a bit of Old Norse in the works. If resident expert, Kiersten, is correct we’ll be looking at more to come in the form of the head Norseman himself, Odin.

While we wait for the big reveal (confirmation?) of the identity of Bo’s father, here are some book recommendations that may please the Fae worldbuilding contingent.

Faefever by Karen Marie MoningWhat to Read

Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. I haven’t personally read this series yet, but it is on my radar. What I know of it is that there is a heavy Fae presence in the story...and that Barrons is a very interesting character, to say the least.

Quote from Faefever:

V’lane is another story. He’s a Seelie prince, and a death-by-sex Fae, which you’ll be learning more about soon enough. The Fae consist of two adversarial courts with their own Royal Houses and unique castes: the Light or Seelie Court, and the Dark or Unseelie Court. Don’t let the light and dark stuff fool you. Both are deadly. However, the Seelie considered the Unseelie so deadly that they imprisoned them roughly seven hundred thousand years ago. When one Fae fears another, be afraid.

Each court has their Hallows, or sacred objects of immense power. The Seelie Hallows are the spear (which I have), the sword, the stone, and the cauldron. The Unseelie Hallows are the amulet (which I had and the Lord Master took), the box, the Sifting Silvers, and the highly sought after Book. They all have different purposes. Some I know, others I’m not so clear on.

Like Barrons, V’lane is after the Sinsar Dubh. He’s hunting it for the Seelie Queen Aoibheal, who needs it to reinforce the walls between the realms of Fae and Man, and keep them from coming down. Like Barrons, he has saved my life. (He’s also given me some of the most intense orgasms of it.)

Kalayna Price’s Alex Croft series. Alex Croft has a peculiar talent: she is able to speak with the dead. This might not seem so unusual in the urban fantasy world, except for the fact that she tends to balance her existence between the world of the living and the dead. She’s put this talent to good use, taking on investigative cases and calling forth ghosts of the deceased to pin-point their killers. That her whole world was transformed to a new “awakened” version borders between irrelevant at times to completely pertinent in her ventures to get at the truth of who murdered who.

What is significant here in our talks about the Lost Girl world is Price’s rendition of Fae meets human. A wrinkle has appeared on the landscape, causing the two different races to co-exist. This creates a wide playing field for mysteries to occur as well as its own fair share of smokin’ hot interactions.

Quote from Grave Witch:

They say that before the Magical Awakening, technology had made the world a smaller place. I think the saying had something to do with communication, and wasn’t meant to be literal, but one thing was certain: the resurgence of magic made the world bigger. The fae called the new areas that appeared “folded spaces” and claimed the land had always been there – mortals simply hadn’t perceived it before. Nekros City was built in the very centre pf such a space.

Inside the city and the surrounding suburbs, Nekros wasn’t unlike any other city in America, but in the country, things were different. Wilder legends haunted the forests, and creatures of old were rumored to live in the floodplains below the city. The very air seemed untamed, as if it resented the growing human influence.

Iron King by Julie KagawaJulie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. This is a four book Young Adult series that has some amazing world building throughout. Not only is it full of fantastical Fae/Fey creatures, it adds a significantly modern twist to these legends that stem from ancient Celtic myths. There is a fair amount of teen angst going on in this four part tale, including a love triangle, but fans of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will recognize a familiar character that takes a lead role.

Quote from The Iron King:

Apprehension tickled my stomach. “Will it be very dangerous?”

“Oh, extremely,” Robbie said, walking up to Ethan’s bedroom door. “That’s what makes it fun. You can die in so many interesting ways—skewered on a glass sword, dragged underwater and eaten by a kelpie, turned into a spider or a rosebush for all time—" He looked back at me. “Well, are you coming or not?”

I noticed my hands were shaking and held them to my chest. “Why are you saying these things?” I whispered. “Are you trying to scare me?”

“Yes,” Robbie replied, unabashed. He paused at Ethan’s door, one hand on the knob, and stared at me. “These are the things you’re going to face, princess. I’m giving you fair warning now. Still think you want to go? My previous offer still stands.”

I remembered the taste of mistwine, the desperate longing for more, and shivered. “No,” I said quickly. “I won’t leave Ethan with a bunch of monsters. I’ve lost a father already – I won’t lose a brother, as well.”

Defiance castWhat to Watch

While Lost Girl is unique in its portrayal of all things Fae, there are a lot of great examples of television with uniquely imaged worlds brought to us on the small screen.

Defiance is a new series, running on Syfy and Showcase in the U.S. and Canada respectively. Being a recent addition on the networks means that learning all about the world, as the Defiance creators have conceptualized it, leaves the initial viewers at an advantage to grow with the show. It has several different races of aliens and a post-apocalyptic world that has barely scratched the surface with some of the vast changes experienced to date.

What are your favorite worldbuilding worlds to help you spend the time while Lost Girl is away?

 


Jackie Lester imagines a day when she can make a living as a writer. Until then, she reviews eclectic books at My Ever Expanding Library and lives in small-town Ontario with her daughter.

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3 comments
LeahC
2. LeahC
Another fae-themed series: Need, by Carrie Jones (and the subsequent books). Takes place in Maine. Pixies, teen-agers. If you get past some obvious flubs, like the protagonist drives a "new" Subaru but goes off the road in deep snow in October, which would never happen in Maine, it's a cute series. Y/A.
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
I was just re-reading the Laurell K. Hamilton series, Merry Gentry. It's about the fae, there are lots of sexy times, and there's a mystery in every book.
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