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Sterotypical Fantasy

The other day I put some of my writing out there for the world to view, it did ok, I got some feedback from various people as well as prompting another good friend of mine to post his own creative writing for the entire interweb to see.

Me and said fellow blogger have been friends for over 20 years, we have spent much of that together, we attended the same first, middle and secondary schools and have both always had a love of reading and in particular the fantasy genre.

When I first came up with the idea for SFU he was the person I spoke to about it most, we discussed ideas, got feedback and he even edited a majority of the first page, our original idea, concocted many moons ago was that we would perhaps write it together, inter mingle each other’s ideas and writing styles. Recently we have seen little of each other due to our respective jobs, but we still speak a lot via the internet, after his post the other night we toyed with idea of perhaps becoming the new Erikson and Esslemont .

Creating and setting our respective stories in the same world, using them to complement each other, telling perhaps different viewpoints of the same story, events of a different time period or perhaps just filling in the gaps between events.

I was going to post the first “chapter” of SFU tonight, but I still haven’t decided if it’s ready, re-reading it both last night and tonight I already made some adjustments, as it stands I like what is there, but at the same time  it seems a little to stereotypical.

That’s a hard thing to address in fantasy, a majority of them are a carbon copy, story wise and it’s the characters that make the difference. At this starting point in the story I’ve only got three, and only one of them gets anything close to depth in the few of pages that I have put together, maybe that’s what’s missing and as I write more and the characters come to life those stereotypical staples of the fantasy genre will bother me less.

The idea I have, I think, is sound. But as I mentioned in a previous post, it’s getting from A-C via B that is the problem. I’ve pretty much got the beginning; I’ve even got the ending of the first part of the story (or book if you will). It was in fact the first part that I created, although as it stands it is firmly in my head and has not hit the page, getting that down is probably a step in the right direction.

It’s hard to describe the premise for the book without giving away some key plot elements (or possibly at this point the only plot elements), and whilst the chances of me ever finishing it are slim, you never know and I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.

As I said before Fantasy novels are fairly generic, unlikely hero (normally a woodsman of some description), finds out he is a heir to the throne/savoir of the world, embarks on a quest, meets Aragorn or his doppelganger, in most cases makes friends with a beggar/thief with a heart of gold along the way and finally vanquishes the bad guy after unlocking whatever secret power they had all along that, if only the bad guy had known early enough they probably could have stopped at any given time.

Considering this, why do we love them so much, for me as I said it’s the characters, whilst when boiled down they are all fairly generic, each one tackles their task in their own unique way, I’ve read pretty much every fantasy author that Waterstones cares to stock and some that it doesn’t, and I always find it hard to find a favourite hero.  Mine has probably always been Sparhawk of the Elinium Trilogy, I can’t really explain why, I just always liked him.

  1. E. A. Hughes
    May 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Wow. You’ve no idea how much this chimes with me. My every creative impulse so far has come as a result of a similar reaction to traditional fantasy. Someone recently said that the main difference between sci-fi and fantasy (aside from trappings) was that sci-fi comes from ideas and fantasy comes from character. Great post.

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