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Is Epic Fantasy Dead?

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You know, Epic Fantasy?  Like Lord of the Rings material?  Is there still a place for this in the world?

More and more, I feel like I see Romance, Mystery-Thrills, and Science Fiction on the rise…but not so much fantasy.  Sure, there’s Urban Fantasy, maybe some “Paranormal” Fantasy that mixes some hot romance in there.  But the ORIGINAL fantasy?  The O.G. of Fantasy?  Where’s that at?

People don’t seem to have much time for fantasy.  Especially in the United States, where NOBODY has any time, we seem to prefer those heart-pounding standalone novels.  Mystery-thrillers that pack a punch.  Steamy romances that appeal to our guilty pleasures (eww).  Or a combination of the two in the form of a sexy vampire (why are these so popular?).

My theory is that epic fantasy novels a) involve too much imagination for the modern American or b) are too long, because there are very few standalone fantasy novels.

But isn’t the imagination and creativity worth it?  Isn’t the sense of journey, the sense of companionship built between the characters and the reader worth it?

I personally love fantasy, and I’d love to see it come back full-throttle.  I’m not just talking about my own series; I’m saying I’d love to inspire people to literally get OUT of this world and write about something beautiful.  Where did this all go?

As always, I want to know, What do you think?

 

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TO BE WRITTEN Character tip #2

Our first character tip was BE BOLD.

We all want our main characters to stand out and be unique.  Who wants to simply copy one character from another story?  That’s no fun.  And it won’t make us feel proud of ourselves.  Sure, characters from other stories can INSPIRE the characters in our own stories…but they shouldn’t be exactly the same.

Similarly, being bold means being pronounced and having a sense of identity.  Nobody likes a character that is wishy-washy and, in essence, has no character.

Which brings me to Character Tip #2

Tip #2: Have integrity

Have you ever read a book where one character makes a decision that is TOTALLY against…well, his or her character?

It’s like if the Balrog started gushing about how much he loves puppies.

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MY PUPPIEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Essentially, we must make sure that our characters keep in character.  Sure, characters can change in the same way that real-live people can.  There’s nothing wrong with that…it’s realistic!  But what happens when characters are ALWAYS changing?  Grumpy here, selfless in this scene, a bully in another…it just doesn’t make sense.

If your character doesn’t have integrity, make sure you give the reader a good explanation as to why.  Maybe the hero of the story is having a rough day, and THAT’S why he acts like a jerk…that makes sense.  But if the hero suddenly just decides to act like a jerk, for no good reason other than, say, to advance the plot?  Uh, no.

Have integrity.


So the next book in my fantasy series, Elithius, is coming out in December.  If you haven’t already, check out Book One of Elithius here.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

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Cover art by Elizabeth M