Don’t Show, Don’t Tell – Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander
 

Don’t Show, Don’t Tell

Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander

 
Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review
 

Big Fish & Begonia

Movie Review

 
Monthly Short Story Winner: Regret and Redemption
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“Keeper of the Clockwork Queen”

 

Browsing all articles tagged with Diana Wynne Jones.

Tough Travels: Snarky Sidekicks

Tough Travels: Snarky Sidekicks 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Starting next month (on January 1, 2018), Tough Travels will no longer be hosted here on Fantasy-Faction. Instead, it’ll be moving over to The Fantasy Hive. Since April, at the start of every month Fantasy-Faction has led you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics […]

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Tough Travels: Mentors

Tough Travels: Mentors 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to […]

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Tough Travels: Minions

Tough Travels: Minions 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to […]

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Tough Travels: Strongholds

Tough Travels: Strongholds 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to […]

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Tough Travels: Adepts

Tough Travels: Adepts 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to The […]

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Tough Travels: Non-Human Heroes

Tough Travels: Non-Human Heroes 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to The […]

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Tough Travels: Assassins

Tough Travels: Assassins 

Back in 2014, Nathan Barnhart created a weekly feature called ‘Tough Travels’, which he hosted over on Fantasy Review Barn. Inspired by The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones – a tongue-in-cheek parody of the fantasy genre – it would spotlight a different trope every week, and invite other bloggers to compile their […]

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Tough Travels: Beginnings

Tough Travels: Beginnings 

This is not an April Fools’ Day trick. Tough Travelling is back! At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different […]

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Top Ten Books To Improve Your Writing

Top Ten Books To Improve Your Writing 

A likely first stop on the journey of any aspiring writer is the purchase of a writing book to teach them about the subject. Often they’re drawn to titles like “Write a Bestseller in Six Months,” or “Making Money from Kindle Publishing.” First and foremost though, the goal should be to master your craft, from […]

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Tropes and Clichés in Epic Fantasy: Is It Time To Move On?

Tropes and Clichés in Epic Fantasy: Is It Time To Move On? 

I just finished Diana Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland first published twenty years ago, but still accurately satirical in the shots it takes at the more recognisable “issues” in fantasy fiction. Tropes of plot, style and substance are all scythed down in a humorous harvesting of fantasy’s most memorable clichés, from the impeccably behaved […]

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Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part Two

Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part Two 

This is Part Two of our look at Children’s Fantasy series. If you missed it, you can read Part One here. The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin Farther west than west Beyond the land My people are dancing On the other wind. This quartet can often be found in the adult fantasy section of […]

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The Wonderful Worlds of Diana Wynne Jones

The Wonderful Worlds of Diana Wynne Jones 

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite writers. Her books are fondly remembered by generations of fantasy fans, and she has had a huge influence on many authors who are writing fantasy today. She wrote mainly for children, but also some young adult and adult books, some for even younger readers, and a little […]

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