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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, February 27 2017

Netflix announces a new TV series based on the Castlevania video game series. A sprawling fantasy epic video game inspired by Japanese folklore is reviewed. And a look at what makes The Magicians' approach to magic different. It's Airy Monday, our news segment about magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Netflix recently announced another new TV series for their streaming service, based on the Castlevania video games, a series of Gothic action-horror titles inspired primarily by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Science fiction and fantasy website io9 talks with one of the show's producer and why he thinks Castlevania can be well-served by a TV adaptation.

Valentine's Day recently passed and with it the release of the controversial erotic romance film Fifty Shades Darker. But not everyone thinks the Fifty Shades series is sexy. At, Natalie Zutter and Leah Schnelback suggest some science fiction and fantasy titles they think are quite a bit steamier.

Over four centuries ago, William Adams became one of the first Westerners to integrate into Japanese society. Since then his story has been the subject of any number of dramatizations, including most famously the book Shogun. More recently however a Japanese video game developer has taken a more fantastical approach to Adams, casting him as a demon slayer.

There's been a growing interest in so-called "paranormal romance" which mixes horror and romance. Perhaps it should be little surprise then that it's caught on with comics creators. Comics Alliance talks with Sarah Vaugh and Lan Medina about their comic book Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love for DC Comics.

When most people think of magic the first thing that pops into their mind is probably not "realistic." And often when fantasy stories go for realism is means playing down or removing magic from the story. But Syfy's adaptation of The Magicians is different: it's focused on telling a story where the magic is "realistic."

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