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Offline DireWolfSnow

Fantasy Fiction Formula
« on: February 26, 2016, 06:29:53 AM »
I saw this was recently shared by Jim Butcher on twitter. Deborah was actually Jim's college professor and taught him much of what he uses in his writing.

http://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Fiction-Formula-Deborah-Chester/dp/0719097061

And yes, I misread the cover the first time I saw it as I'm sure most of you will! ;)

Offline Blackthorn

Re: Fantasy Fiction Formula
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2016, 07:32:35 AM »


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And yes, I misread the cover the first time I saw it as I'm sure most of you will! ;)

No I read it right :-X now im curious what you read. I cant see anything else in the title other than what it says. ;D

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Offline DireWolfSnow

Re: Fantasy Fiction Formula
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2016, 07:42:36 AM »
Well, look at the name of this website ;)

(I read it as Fantasy Faction Formula... it's 01:41 here... my brain is not fully functional at this hour)

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Re: Fantasy Fiction Formula
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2016, 08:17:43 AM »
^ Me too! ;D
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Offline Overlord

Re: Fantasy Fiction Formula
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2016, 10:28:11 AM »
I got sent a review copy of this a while back and I did like it, although I felt a few of the author's ideas were a little bit restrictive and sometimes came across as demeaning (although I don't feel she meant this). Certainly, I'd not guess she was Butcher's teacher and an Urban Fantasy author herself, because her theories seem a bit dated and more suited to traditional fantasy. It felt a bit like the idea was to write a certain kind of novel in a certain kind of way, which I think is very good for new authors who want to write their first/second/third solid novel before moving on to write something more unique and unconventional. That said, it is called 'Fantasy Fiction Formula', so I guess you'd buy it looking for a formulaic approach and you do get that :P I guess what I am trying to say is that I don't think the novel you write as a direct result of the advice from this book would be the one you'd send to agents but, more likely, once you've learnt the author's ideas you would be able to come up with your own thoughts about which parts of the formula you could break and twist to make the novel your own.

I will try and do a full review soon :)
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Offline Blackthorn

Re: Fantasy Fiction Formula
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2016, 02:33:53 PM »
Well, look at the name of this website ;)

(I read it as Fantasy Faction Formula... it's 01:41 here... my brain is not fully functional at this hour)
That I can understand.  Reason I didn't see it as that way was because I had already made the mistake reading the title of the thread.;D

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