Your Opinions Please: Hollywood Immortals

As I mentioned last week, I will be working a table at Sands/Reno Comic Con this Saturday and Sunday. I also suggested I might be doing a panel, which is where the opinions come in. I will be on a panel with Rene Averett, president of the Peter Wingfield (Methos on Highlander) fan club, and we will be talking about…of all things…Hollywood immortals.

Rene, who writes fantasy as Lillian I. Wolfe, is well versed in Highlander, obviously, and though I haven’t seen the series in years, I’ve started re-watching it. I have also watched other television programs (iZombie, for example) and movies that centered or touched on the immortal concept, so have some topics of my own to play with.

That said, I’m curious if you have any burning questions you’d like to see discussed. I’ll try and post a recap like I did for BayCon, though I may get too caught up in the discussion.

  1. Who is your favorite Hollywood immortal (barring gods and demi-gods as we’re focusing the panel on those who were once human, or at least believed themselves to be)?
  2. Is there a movie or TV show you feel addresses the immortal question in an interesting way? If we haven’t seen it, you might give us something fun to watch.
  3. If you had the choice, what kind of immortal would you be? The basics are vampire, werewolf, and zombie, but if there are others you prefer, let your imagination run wild.
  4. Do you fall into the “years weighing on you” category or the “infinite options” one for immortals or both?
  5. If you were turned into an immortal tomorrow, what do you think you’d regret the most, if anything?
  6. Anything else about immortals you want to get off your chest?

Write your answers to any or all questions in the comments. If you have a question you’d like to add, post it in the comments for everyone to answer if they please. Let’s have some fun with this.

Thanks for joining in.

The question of immortality is a pressing one throughout human history. I’ve touched on it in numerous short stories that have yet to see the light of day beyond my story in the anthology These Vampires Don’t Sparkle (of which an Amazon reviewer said: Margaret McGaffey Fisk takes us on a hard turn into strangely bleak but beautiful despair in “To Catch a Glimpse”) and my Parsec story in Triangulation 2004 (out of print), which offered a very different, and less bleak, form of immortality.

It’s a fun concept to explore, with nearly endless variations to inspire creativity and encourage pondering. This has never been truer since research into the other living species on this planet has shown the human concepts to be all too biased in favor of the frailty of our own species. I look forward to seeing your takes on the subject.

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