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Ashana Lian's Fantasy Lab

Fantasy and Fantasy Writing from every angle: fantasy and sci-fi novels, films, artwork, superhero cartoons, children's and YA books, manga, anime, video games and comics. Put the microscope on 'Geek Culture'.

My Inspirations

Direct influences on my writing and general fantasy preferences:


The Legend Of Zelda (Ocarina Of Time and Skyward Sword)

Jade Empire


Avatar: The Legend Of Aang (aka. The Last Airbender)


Magician - Raymond E Feist

The Demonata series - Darren Shan


I wasn't directly influenced by these, but I can't NOT put them here as I read them during my childhood/teen years! No doubt they altered my ideas of the genre of Fantasy.
  • Harry Potter - J K Rowling 
  • Tales Of The Otori - Lian Hearn 
  • A Song of Ice and Fire - George R R Martin 
  • The Peter Grant Series - Ben Aaronovitch 
  • The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins


There are films, but no particular one I can think of that had a DIRECT influence.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon


The Incredibles



Immortal Rain - Kaori Ozaki

Demon Diary - Kara (aka. Kim Yoon-gyeong and Jeong Eun-sook)

Psyren - Toshiaki Iwashiro


Other possible influences:
  • Fruits Basket - Natsuki Takaya 
  • King Of Hell - Ra In-soo, illustrated by Kim Jae-hwan 
  • Vampire Knight - Matsuri Hino


Nabari No Ou

Gunslinger Girl

  • Ergo Proxy


  • Iron - by Woodkid
  • Music by Thomas Newman (any will do)
  • Jade Empire Soundtrack- by Jack Wall
  • Beyond (Two Souls) Soundtrack - by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe
  • The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword Soundtrack - by Hajime Wakai, Koji Kondo, and Mahito Yokota
  • Nabari No Ou Soundtrack - by Michiro Oshima
  • Gunslinger Girl Soundtrack - by Toshihiko Sahashi (season 1) and Ootani Kou (season 2)
See Writer Bio for more.

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