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Re: What were your hardest characters to write about? I do not know if I understood the question in a right manner.
The hardest characters for me to write about are the ones who are supposed to be SMARTER than I am and who can plot intrigues one after another. For some reason I cannot get into their heads. I can write monsters, dragons, very serious old and melancholic veterans... Yet political drama is waaaaay over my head.  :-X

December 26, 2018, 06:45:57 PM
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Fantasy tropes - What do we love and hate, and are they really that bad? We all know about some tropes that are common to fantasy genres. The chosen one and The Prophecy. Evil overlord of evil evilness and his Empire. McGuffin of Doom. World in Stagnation. Ect. Ect. Some are old. Some are new. We can not really get rid of them, because readers have certain expectations - people want and need Evil Overlords and Dragoning Dragons doing Dragon Stuff and without fantasy tropes, how can a story even call itself a fantasy?

I never liked a trio of "The prophecy", "The Chosen One" and "The Farmboy". I do not hate it but I often roll my eyes when I see all three of them at the back of the book cover. Usually books like this have a boy who dethrones a powerfull villain, and there is a prophecy about it. I Read it in a lot of books. Watched a lot of movies about it. Saw a bunch of anime.

I do not like it because usually we know something from the very beginning - the evil guy will fall and the boy will win. Also - they boy had little to no training, yet still was able to fight against powerfull, evil creatures - because you know - The Goofy Ride of Inexplicable is fueled by the finest Petroleum of Prophecy.
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I also grow constantly tired of "Hero Origin Story" or "From Zero to Hero". It is a result of modern day hero-movies. I saw so many spider bites, experiments and gamma blasts that it was refreshing to watch some "Blade" or "Van Helsing" movies, where Heroes are already grown up and kicking ass.

What I just love is "Power Gaming". Some of you propably know this term from RPG sessions that went overboard. You have seriously overpowered characters and fight against crazy powerfull enemies. So later books of Malazan were the definition of this for me, where we constantly had a god vs god vs god situation. When the story puts two characters against each other that I know are crazy strong I am in readers heaven.

So what are your favourite tropes? What are the tropes you hate the most? And are there tropes, that in your opinion are unfairly hated?

January 20, 2019, 07:33:04 PM
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) This might fit better into "Adventures in writing" but here is my story:

- There is a contest for a children book.
- There is also a money prize for the winner
- I need money
- Started to write a story about some naughty mice and old rat with a good heart
- ...
- My real work in progress is an eldritch horror

I slowly begin to hate myself and if I actually win my speach will be:

"Thank you to this money for being my only motivation. Not worth it thought."

January 28, 2019, 08:52:57 PM
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