‘The truth is, you’re the weak, and I am the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, I’m trying real hard’

Yeah – Pulp Fiction – not really anything to do with battles of independence – but I like that quote, and, it does include the word ‘tyranny’ so….

and, bringing a new meaning to the phrase ‘we come in peace:

‘ack, ack, ack’ (they fib!)

Anyway, this week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  A weekly post where we take a fun look at a specific trope.  Come and join in the fun!  This week’s theme:


The good fight.  Casting off the chains of tyranny!  No one in fantasyland refuses the call of the good fight.  And what fight is more important in fantasyland than FREEDOM?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – in which Paige Mahoney is captured and taken to Sheol I penal colony, Oxford, where she and other captives become slaves.  There are two elements of independence to these stories – there’s the breaking out of the penal colony which is run by a ruthless race of people, and there’s also breaking out from the rule of Scion, a ruling force which keeps the masses in strict control.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – in which a teenage boy called Darrow tries to help his people break free from their lives as miners and almost slaves to the richer upper echelons of society known as the Golds.  I wondered if this one really counted – as it’s not really a battle in the first book – it’s more about infiltration.  But, ultimately it is about the good fight.

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire No.1) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith – in which humans have been beaten into submission by a huge scale war with vampires (who now rule the majority of the world).  Humans have become little more than cattle kept alive purely for the purpose of providing blood.  There’s a rebellion building though – you can’t keep a good human down!!

Sauron – ‘one ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them’!  – need I say more????  Okay – in which lots of good folks, tiny hobbits, wizards, elves and other nice people go to war against a whole bunch of nasty orcs and other characters bent on destruction and carrying out Sauron’s desire to rule the world and keep everyone in misery and darkness.

Finally: Humans vs machines:

Sarah Connor: [narrating] Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two Terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, my son.

16 Responses to “‘The truth is, you’re the weak, and I am the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, I’m trying real hard’”

  1. Tammy

    Oh boy. Red Rising, I should have remembered that one. Although I was thinking of recent reads, so that’s probably why. Terminator! Good one!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was humming and ha’ing over Red Rising as to whether it really fit. It’s a bit more of a covert operation but I guess it’s still an uprising.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Bookwraiths

    Great list. Terminator was a very fitting pick to end with.

    • lynnsbooks

      There were a few really good ones for this wasn’t there – Star Wars in particular. But, I kind of decided to go with this. I like the idea of humans trying to overthrow the machines.
      Lynn 😀

  3. jessicabookworm

    Great choices Lynn. I also picked The Lord of the Rings (of course) and I love your Terminator quote 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks – bit behind this week – looking forward to seeing what you’ve come up with.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You’re right, it’s not really a battle in the first book of Red Rising, but I expect the Reds and other low colors to really bring it to the Golds in the series finale 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Golden Son had more action in that respect, but I did love the first book – well, I really loved the second as well. So looking forward to No.3!
      Lynn 😀

  5. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Mars Attacks! That movie was hilarious. I haven’t seen I was kid, so there a good chance it may actually be bad, but I don’t care. I remember laughing XD

    • lynnsbooks

      I remember laughing too! Especially when the granny plays the music at the end and it explodes all their heads!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Danya @ Fine Print

    Terminator and Mars Attacks, brilliant! People have so many great – and unusual – picks this week.

    • lynnsbooks

      It was a topic with plenty of scope wasn’t it? Looking forward to checking out your list. A bit behind this week!
      Lynn 😀

  7. mervih

    Mars attacks! I haven’t seen that one in years. I have Terminator, too! Great list.

    • lynnsbooks

      I actually wanted to put a more recent film about aliens taking over the planet – called Home. Where the Boov inhabit earth, led by Captain Smek! Why wouldn’t you want to watch that!!
      Lynn 😀

  8. jenclair

    I really liked The Bone Season (always love the good fight), but Red Rising and The Greyfriar both sound good. Of course, no has ever come close to hobbity goodness against evil.

    • lynnsbooks

      I really liked Red Rising and Greyfriar and definitely recommend both series. You’re right though – hobbity goodness wins the day!
      Lynn 😀

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