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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Retconning
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:10:23 AM »
Lately I've got into the habit of wasting my time by watching videos on Youtube about the 'Kingdom Hearts' games, and the levels of retconning in the story of that series are off the chart. The plot has become ridiculously convulated and absurd but from what I've heard there are still people online who dedicate their time to studying the lore.

Video games are a very different medium to books, and one that can get away with a strangely written plot far easier, but it has got me thinking about retconning in long series. For me personally, its am enormous pet peeve. I believe fiction of any kind, but fantasy and sci-fi especially relies on internal consistency and retconning throws all of that out the window.

I would be interested to hear anyone else's thoughts on this, and whether it bothers you as much as it bothers me, or whether you're able to overlook it and not let it ruin your enjoyment of the story.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / New Tropes and Cliches
« on: February 15, 2019, 11:18:32 AM »
It's long been an ambition of mine to write something subverting fantasy cliches, but I've noticed something. A lot of the traditional fantasy tropes, even if they are still overused in games and films, aren't really seen in books that much anymore. There are still lots of chosen one stories, for example, but the authors now nearly always know to do something creative with it.

This is excellent, but I can't help but wondering if there are any new cliches and overused tropes in more recent works. I haven't had the chance to read more recent fantasy for a while and I was curious as to whether anyone who has might have noticed a few reoccurring themes.

The only one I can think of off the top of my head is grimdark stories throwing in gratuitous violence and misery for pure shock value.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Venom
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:34:00 PM »
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.

I remember reading in John Truby's 'The Anatomy of Story' that the protagonist of a great story should be the most interesting character in that story. Ever since, I've been thinking about potentially great stories that could perhaps have done with a more interesting character as the protagonist.

The two I can think of off the top of my head are Stephen King's 'The Stand' and Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere'. You can throw 'American Gods' in there as well. All these books are filled with complex and likable characters, but the protagonist is never one of them, and maybe having another character as the protagonist could have improved the story.

I would be interested to see if anyone else has found this with some stories, or if anyone disagrees with me.

I watched all four episodes of the BBC adaptation of China Mieville's 'The City and The City' today. I really enjoyed the book and I was very interested to see what the series would be like.

I'd be interested to know anyone else's thoughts on the series. I have to admit, personally I really disliked it.

Writers' Corner / War Accounts
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:16:33 AM »
My current work in progress is mostly focused on a series of wars. I don't have any experience of living in or fighting in a war myself, thankfully. Does anyone know of any accounts of warfare I could use for research?

In particular, accounts of war written by former child soldiers. This is a serious issue, and I don't want to end up trivializing it through ignorance.

Writers' Corner / Building a major city
« on: November 24, 2017, 06:15:11 PM »
My current work in progress is set in a group of islands mostly dominated by city states.The world is supposed to have a technological level of the 18th century, with some 19th century elements. There is a particular focus on one major city, with is the capital of the most powerful state. It is a port city, built around three natural harbours and close to a large river.

My question is, what exactly would a logical layout of this city be? I originally envisioned it as having factories and warehouses close to the docks, with the houses of richer and more influential citizens also close to this area and poorer areas towards the outskirts, but I don't know if this makes much sense.

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