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Fantasy Cliches I Really Hate

April 22, 2012 Leave a comment

There are just some fantasy cliches that, no matter how well the story they are written around is, just drive me batty.  This is my list:

1. Dwarves who are masters of mechanical things.

2. Elves that live a really, really, really long time.

3. Elves that are the best users of magic in the realm.

4. Elves that are haute and stuck up.

5. Ancient evil that can only be defeated by a single, chosen person and no one else.

6. An overpowering hand of fate element that makes it clear early on that the main character has no real control over his/her life

7. Worlds where all the races hate each other simply because of xenophobia.

8. When only a magic sword lost for ages can save the world and must be found.

9. The gray bearded wizard mentor.

10. Dwarves with Scottish accents.

 

Hand Of Fate And Meddling Gods

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Her Lovely Blood, the latest novel I have started, makes use of the hand of fate and meddling gods to move the story forward. These sorts of stories can be problematic in that many similar stories I have read with this sort of plot device tend to over rely on it. Every time the hero gets into trouble, some god or another intervenes to save him. If not every time, then somewhere around 90%.

I am consciously trying to make sure that while the gods do interfere from time to time, their interference is minor and not simply to get my heroine out of impossible situation after impossible situation. Oh, the number of stories I have read like that which have bored me to tears! The heroine herself will have to eventually succeed or fail because of her own abilities.

Too much meddling by all-powerful or even quasi all-powerful beings and you are left with a shell of a story. It may be wrapped up in the greatest prose ever, but the story will be predictable with the reader immediately trying to figure out what the gods will do to save the main character as soon as [insert death defying situation here] comes up.