Why I Write about Elves: Terry Brooks at TEDxRainier

13/12/2012 10:07:40

Prolific bestselling author of epic fantasy literature, Terry Brooks shares what inspires him to write, discusses what writers and readers bring to written works, and explores how fantasy literature can be a domain for resolving challenging questions and issues.

Terry Brooks has been a writer since the age of ten. His first novel, The Sword of Shannara, became the first work of fiction to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List. He has written thirty bestselling novels, the most recent published in August 2012, as well as a book adaptation of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

This talk was given at TEDxRainier in Seattle on November 10, 2012. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* *Subject to certain rules and regulations

Bart Kayan

Which are the six books that deal with transgression and redemption, which he keeps referring to without specifying towards the end?

15/02/2016
Peter Redeker

My first book at 12 years of was The Sword of Shannara and it was profound.

06/02/2016
John McClane

7:34 purple shirt asleep or taking notes? lol

04/02/2016
Chloe Rifai

O My Gawd, Terry Brooks is one of my top 20 favorite authors.
In case you were wondering, I have read many more books than that. So 20 is a good number

27/01/2016
Nemoy2001

Yes! Thank you, second-best Fantasy author named Terry, for putting this into words - I had a sort of inkling on why I like worldbuilding and fantasy, but this vocalizes it.

29/10/2015
Cheyanne Murray

Oh wow I can so relate. As a kid, my friend and I made swords out of broken hockey sticksCanada and duct tape!

For me, what got me into fantasy was the movie "Dragon Heart." I used to rent it on VHS when my older sister was getting "Follow that Bird." Then, when my grandpa from Scotland started telling me about real castles and the stories from them, I was done. From then on, I adored fantasy.

29/10/2015
barbara fields

That is "loved" sounds like my sister and me as kids

16/09/2015
barbara fields

Lived the Magic Kingdom for Sale Sold books for first 2 or 3. makes me want to re-read. wonderful speaker

16/09/2015
ShawnandStefan

My favorite writer.

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