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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Researching fantasy
« on: September 13, 2011, 07:03:22 PM »

I have a university assignment which is focused on the research for my novel. I have to nominate someone and then interview them about the given topic. Everyone in my class has specific topics like 'my character is a policeman - interview a policeman', 'my story is based in victorian england - ok so research the history'. But I am writing high fantasy - it is a world that is coming out of my own head.

I don't really have any detailed places, people, occupations etc. to research because everything except the surface details is made up. So far I have a mage, a pirate, a young girl who is forced to live as a man in the magical world they inhabit and some antagonists. So the only thing I can think of at the moment is to interview someone who has written high fantasy and to interview them about the world-building - did they draw elements from life on earth and adopt this for their book etc. I guess another angle would be to interview a woman who is repressed because of her society - tricky but I could research history to explore this. My last novel was based on ancient greece so that would have been easier but this one is almost totally invented. Researching pirates I guess would help but this is only a small part of the book.

As you can see I'm struggling a bit so I wondered it anyone can suggest a particular topic I can research that is more broadly related to fantasy - have you written/researched for a fantasy novel and what did you research  - and perhaps anyone want to volunteer to answer a couple of questions via email/forum for me?

This is me wondering at this moment why I'm doing an MA in writing fiction!

Thanks very much

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Gender in fantasy
« on: September 06, 2011, 06:09:40 PM »
Hey everyone

I'm looking for precedent of protagonist's having their gender initially hidden from the reader. I have a character who hides their gender from the other characters, which is fine, but I also wrote the opening to hide the truth from the reader and I'm worried that the reveal moment in my novel is too much of a shock and might lose readers rather than hooking them in.

Anyone know of any books that play with this idea?

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