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I Am The Inventor Of Genres [Oct. 17th, 2013|01:14 pm]
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Today nikolinni asked me what I meant by “Cosmic Fantasy.” I explained it as, “Fantasy of a spiritual nature, providing insight into a wider possible universe or the ability of humanity to ascend to a higher state of being. Star Wars probably being the best known example.”

Then I added as an afterthought, “Like Furry, it's a genre I invented.”

Yes, as egotistical as it may sound, I take credit for inventing The Furry Genre. Let Mark Merlino, Steve Gallacci or whoever take credit for inventing Furry Fandom. I am not the inventor of fandoms. I am the inventor of genres.

I also invented the Classical Rock genre. I collected rock music I observed to possess the peculiar qualities of classical influence and gathered them into a genre of their own. This was long before any literature had become available to me on the subject of Art Rock or Progressive Rock. And though those genres tend to lay claim to most of the music in the genre I invented, neither has the same rules or focuses exclusively on my genre.

So, because I am the one who notes the specific qualities of things that no one else cares about and assembles them into new categories, I am the inventor of genres.

Likewise, years before the perennial icons of Furry Fandom, I was the one who assembled all aspects of entertainment that contained fantasy animal characters and said, “This is Furry. This is the genre I write in.”

I invented the Cosmic Fantasy genre at the same time I invented Furry and Classical Rock, because that was another sphere of entertainment that was a big influence on my work which no one else had ever bothered to define as an interest.

Cosmic Fantasy was any work of fiction that I found to be appealing to the cosmic nature of the soul – anything one could feel drawing the soul towards a wider universe than was visible to the mortal eye. This involved a lot of semi religious influenced works – anything that involved spiritual ascendance, life after death or reincarnation. Thus “Brother Bear” would be a major work of Cosmic Fantasy. And I know of no other genre that would put Brother Bear on the same shelf with Star Wars.

Anyway, these were the three genres I invented. And Spectral Shadows was always meant to be demonstrative of all three – Furry spirituality with a Classical Rock soundtrack designed to blast your mind far beyond the bounds of the mortal and material.
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[User Picture]From: jarrellwoods
2013-10-17 08:18 pm (UTC)

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I think that's absolutely awesome. Thank you for the pioneering you've done in these areas. I love Brother Bear, BTW. To me it comes the closest to answering someone's question, 'what does it mean to be furry?'
[User Picture]From: nikolinni
2013-10-18 08:06 am (UTC)

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To me, being furry means simply being a fan of things furry. That's it.

Kinda like how I view being a gamer. Do you enjoy, like, and play games? Welll then, I'd say you're a gamer.
[User Picture]From: jarrellwoods
2013-10-18 08:09 pm (UTC)

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Perhaps I should have been more specific and said, 'what is furry spirituality?'

I didn't mean to suggest that anyone who isn't into more spiritual aspects of it aren't really furry.