Add a new category to this list: Aliens, Monsters, Ghosts...
June 26, 2008 8:51 PM Subscribe
Aliens, monsters, and ghosts. The big three. But is there a fourth?
posted by Flying Saucer to Media & Arts (42 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I am working on a writing project and am struggling with a conundrum that I thought I'd bring to the hive mind.
It seems to me that in speculative fiction (which encompasses science fiction, fantasy, and horror), there are three major elements, or adversaries:
The brave souls who fight these creatures have been the basis of all kinds of exciting stories.
For example, in the comic book and the movie, the Men In Black fought aliens.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer fought monsters.
Ghostbusters fought ghosts.
Mulder and Scully fought all three.
So my question is...is there a fourth category? Spirits, maybe? Elves? Combining the categories has already been done -- remember the alien ghosts of "Final Fantasy"?