Virtual Pulp Press and the Two-Fisted Blogger are Teaming Up!
The Two-Fisted Blog opened in August of 2010 and immediately began highlighting the work of the best action adventure authors, reviewing the top action adventure movies, and pretty much blogging about anything else that got 2FB’s blood pumping (in a good or bad way).
Some have called the Two-Fisted Blog “unique” or “the only action-adventure blog.” That’s not exactly true…but close. It’s definitely on a short list. In any case, now the Two-Fisted Blogger is moving here–different look, different menu, but same two-fisted reviews. And if you want to find the kind of stuff blogged about, look no further! Virtual Pulp will round up the best action adventure books, movies and games to be found in cyberspace (where no one can hear you scream).
“What is pulp? Are you selling orange juice?”
Ever since Quentin Tarantino’s movie, just about everyone is familiar with the term “pulp fiction.” But do you know where he got that title?
Unlike highbrow literature from the 19th and 20th Century, pulp fiction was written entertainment for the regular guy, printed on the cheap paper from which it got its name. Though it had many sub-genres (categories), today it would all fall under the “action adventure” umbrella.
Writers in pulp fiction gave the world escape from dreary and mundane reality with action heroes like Conan, Tarzan, Sam Spade and Buck Rogers. Over time, the pulps evolved into the action-adventure paperbacks of the 1960s-80s. Characters like the Executioner, Nick Carter and Remo Williams inspired legions of imitators, as well as blazing a trail for the best action adventure authors to titillate us with adventure series set in WWII, the Wild West, the Banana Wars or outer space. Some of it was bad. Some of it was good. Most of it was great fun, giving us something to chuckle or smile about (however guiltily) for far longer than a movie could entertain us. But Hollywood got inspired, too, and some of the best action adventure movies are based on this kind of fiction. Then along came personal computers and the gaming industry took off. Of course the top adventure games also borrowed a lot from the pulps.
Unfortunately, true action adventure fiction had all but disappeared from book store shelves by the 1990s. Many avid readers quit visiting the book store over the succeeding years, since there were fewer and fewer books that appealed to them. Sure, some good action adventure could still be found at used book stores, or thanks to online sellers, but either venue required hours of browsing to find the desired title among the multitudes of romances, chick-lit, horror and political or techno-”thrillers.” Most action adventure readers turned to movies, televised sports, video or computer games when they needed to unwind, since there was nothing left they wanted to read. Nothing they could easily find, anyway.
“What should I do after the movie’s over and there’s a blister on my thumb from the game controller?”
The good news is you’ve got all the choice you could hope for, now. You can still play a game, watch sports or a movie. But there are also developments coalescing to benefit those who enjoy reading the best adventure books. One such development is a renewed interest in the genre, represented in several blogs and Facebook pages/groups dedicated to the subject matter. Another promising trend is some great new action adventure books by talented authors inspired by the classics–some of which is arguably even better than the inspirational source material.
Another significant victory for action adventure fans is the opening of Virtual Pulp.
Unlike other online entertainment vendors, Virtual Pulp is dedicated to a certain flavor of entertainment, and is focused on that whether the format is book or e-book; non-fiction, fiction, movies or video games. Now fans of good action books, the best adventure books, top action adventure movies and games don’t have to browse for hours to find titles in these genres among the mountains of other stuff. Virtual Pulp has already consolidated the nuggets so you can choose between several titles that appeal to you, instead of wearing out your eyes, wrist and mouse button trying to find one among the thousands that don’t. Virtual Pulp Press provides one-stop-shopping so you can spend your time enjoying your preferred flavor of entertainment, instead of searching for it.
We hope your experience here is a great one, and that you tell your friends about us.