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 tropes.

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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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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Monthly Short Story Winner: Plot Twists

Monthly Short Story Winner: Plot Twists 

Plot twists are often a specialty of short stories and you find them there more often than in other forms of writing. The most famous examples I can think of aren’t in literature, though. I guess most of you have seen one or more of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies: The Sixth Sense, The Village, Signs, […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance 

Last time we focused entirely on characters drawn from the YA SFF spectrum, visiting authors from Cassandra Clare to Maggie Steifvater and Meagan Spooner/Amie Kaufman. Whilst we’re still not done examining gender and stereotypes in YA, we’re going to swing the spotlight onto more regular fantasy in this instalment. Note that I veer away from […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles 

In the first part of this series we began to explore a couple of points, not least of all the idea that we are creating a new kind of gender mould with our misguided insistence as to what constitutes a “strong female character”. This has two consequences: female characters are still just as stereotyped as […]

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Maoyu Mao Yusha – Anime Review

Maoyu Mao Yusha – Anime Review 

For fifteen years, the demons and humans have been at war, and both sides have profited from it, but at the expense of those less fortunate. Maoyu Mao Yusha begins with the Hero venturing into demon territory to challenge the Demon King. The encounter, though, goes nothing like Hero expects – beginning with the revelation […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women 

The problem with the new and yet very important desire to portray realistic, strong women with agency, is that some people fixate entirely on the first part of this – the word “strong” – and take it to mean something very specific. In fact, it has created a stereotype in and of itself. One of […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Fantasy Clichés

Writing Contest Winner: Fantasy Clichés 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. The task this time was to write a story containing the most clichéd fantasy tropes manageable. Nearly […]

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The Truth About Tropes

The Truth About Tropes 

Every genre has its own tropes, those signature metaphors seen time and time again across multiple unconnected books by multiple authors. Fantasy, however, has more than its fair share. So much so, there have been books written about them (such as The Tough Guide To Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones). They mean that dwarves are […]

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