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Re: On the way to becoming a new trope/cliche? The previous 'Golden Age' civilisation thing has always urked me a little. It strikes me as inherently conservative. Nostalgia for an imagined past can be quite a harmful thing.

That said, I've used this exact thing myself. I'm thinking of trying to subvert it in a later draft.

March 13, 2018, 08:09:21 AM
Re: The stigma toward fantasy I remember talking to the librarian at school once as she told me 'adults don't read fantasy'. I just shrugged it off. Another time, when I was working in a library, and someone asked me what I wrote, they gave me a disproving look when I told them the answer.

I still think this stigma exists, but it seems to be on the wane now, thankfully. It's odd, because the oldest and most enduring stories still told today, myths and legends, could almost all be considered fantasy.

A personal pet peeve of mine is bookshops putting all SFF into one section labelled 'science fiction'.

April 17, 2018, 09:25:48 AM
Re: That slightly annoying thing For me, there are so many slightly annoying things.

Instabond romance probably tops the list. If the author can't flesh out a relationship they should just cut it. In a similar vein romanticised stalking is probably up there as well.

And retconning. I hate retconning almost every time it crops up.

April 28, 2018, 12:22:00 PM
Re: How Long Are Your Novel Outlines? I usually try to plan out most of the story in my head and write notes years before I get to the story. I used to just write a list of the chapters with a sentence summarising each one, but now I take much for detailed notes. I make a list of all sorts of things, themes, setting, characters beliefs and values, and I try to read through it before writing each chapter.

I think it says a lot about me that I can remember details about the world easily but before I write each chapter I have to read through my notes on the characters I made up to remind myself who they are.

I hope my writing has improved since I started this, but finding beta readers is pretty hard right now and I haven't read through any of my old work for a while, so I can't really tell for sure.

April 28, 2018, 12:26:16 PM
Re: History in Fantasy Books My current work in progress is set in island states with countries similar to eighteenth century Europe, but there's supposed to be influences from all sorts of cultures, Renaissance Italy and Germany being big ones, but the main one is probably Iran. I have a huge obsession with Iran and it's history.

The history of Eighteenth century Iran is a total bloodbath. The author of one history book I read began his chapter on the eighteenth century with something like 'anyone who wishes to preserve their faith in the innate goodness of humanity would do well to skip the next few pages'. It's a particularly interesting time, but reading about it is certainly depressing.

Really anything based on Middle Eastern cultures fascinates me, but it's easy to get wrong as these cultures can often get horrifically stereotyped. I blame the press.

May 09, 2018, 09:28:07 PM
Re: Humour in mainstream fantasy, Does it work for you?
Sometimes it works for me. Sometimes it doesn't.

One particular type of humor that irks me is when the author uses an English play on words. It pulls me out of the story because the characters are in a fantasy world. They are not speaking English.

I second this one.

I personally love a bit of humour, and I think it's often needed to lighten an otherwise unrelentingly grim story. I have a great fondness for snarky remarks.
I don't mean the Terry Pratchett type books but more the Joe Abercrombie type fantasy books.

The majority of fantasy books which do humour come across as juvenile and I can't take the work seriously especially in grimdark type novels there just come across as cartoony to me.

In the latest novel I'm reading, a child is sacrificed so the druid can read the future by studying his entrails. The child didn't cry out so the main character said "he had a lot of guts" which didn't work for me.

Yet I do like Steven Erikson humour in  Malazan  involving Kellanved and Dancer, which can be dark humour too and the humour  does work for me here.

I just think I'm fussy with humour and if the humour doesen't work for the reader then you've probably lost that reader.

I feel a bit disturbed by this, but when I read that guts joke I laughed out loud. I think that says all that needs to be said about my sense of humour.

May 26, 2018, 01:09:00 AM
Re: Most satisfying character arcs you’ve read? Jorg Ancrath in the Broken Empire trilogy without a shadow of a doubt.
May 31, 2018, 10:43:10 PM
Re: Your favorite things about Skyrim! So I recently started playing Dark Souls. After being killed by the second boss more than twenty times in a row, (I counted them all) I decided to give that one a bit of a rest and go back to Skyrim.

And Now I'm in love with the game again. I know a lot of dungeons are dull and repetitive, but those linked to quests provide great visual storytelling. It's a common criticism that Skyrim is as wide as an ocean and deep as a puddle, but I suspect many who say that haven't actually played it. There's tiny details everywhere. Yes it has many flaws, but any project that large will have them, and I think it's worth it in spite of them.

I'd say my favourite thing is probably the Dawnguard expansion. It has by far the best story in the game, and being forced to choose between two opposing factions is great for roleplaying.

July 22, 2018, 05:29:45 PM
Re: Dark Souls I finally beat the Moonlight Butterfly! Yay!

I feel that Dark Souls, for me anyway, isn't a game I can play for long periods of time. It's easy to get stuck and for frustration to build, which only makes the game more difficult. Patience and a level head are a must in boss fights or areas you are unfamiliar with. It's a very rewarding game, and I'm very glad it exists, but I'm glad most games aren't like it.

August 19, 2018, 02:50:54 PM
Venom Just got back from watching the film with a few friends tonight. I thought it was okay. It's no masterpiece, but it's nowhere near as bad as some reviews said it would be. Overall I definitely enjoyed it.

I'd be interested to hear anyone's else's thoughts on the film, or how accurate the reviews turned out to be.

October 03, 2018, 11:34:00 PM