Tags: fantasy rants: autumn 2005


What it takes to make Limyaael love a love triangle

Well, this is masochistic of me, because if I were just asked to do a rant on love triangles, I could sum the whole thing up as, “1). Don’t write them.”

However, just because I have hated 99.9999999% of all the love triangles I have ever read, and would undoubtedly hate more if I didn’t purposely avoid stories with love triangles in them, doesn’t mean that there isn’t some redeeming feature in love triangles. Maybe. If one looks reeeeally hard.

Or perhaps they can be transformedCollapse )

That was kind of fun, actually.

Rant on writing extroverted protagonists

This is one of the character types that doesn’t often show up as the protagonist of a fantasy novel, but gets relegated to being a sidekick. I suspect the reason is not a story-bound one—like an extrovert hero being incompatible with a lot of fantasy plots—but authors not thinking things through again.

Extroverts say hi!Collapse )

*looks fondly at extroverted protagonists* There is no law at all that says they’re less interesting or intelligent than introverts. They just get written that way.

Moments of great social change

This consists of me saying, “Ooooh, shiny!” more than it does ranting. After all, I’ve talked about specific manifestations of social change before, as in the rants on revolutions and civil wars, and the things I find silly or unrealistic about the way that most fantasy authors portray them. So I’ll try to show what I think would be good ways of portraying them.

Instead of a storm, why not have a landslide?Collapse )

Getting nature more involved in a fantasy novel is up next.

Rant on exiles/expatriates

Once again, a set of characters I’m grouping together, although there’s at least one difference between them: usually an exile is assumed to have left home unwillingly, while an expatriate can have willingly given up home and allegiance to that home.

So what’re ways to use them in fantasy, then?Collapse )

It looks like moments of great social change is next.


Ten great things about non-tragic fantasy

(I will answer comments on the espionage rant tomorrow. I'm sorry, but I've written about 11,000 words today, counting the rant, which, according to the way my wrists ache, was clearly too many. I'm happy, though).

Now this is an interesting topic, isn’t it.

Oooh, neatoCollapse )

A lot of my recent interests lately—post-apocalypse stories that are really post- and not focused on the event itself, stories about recovery and healing, stories that demonstrate the true psychological cost of abuse and the rising past it rather than simply curing it with True Love—can be traced back to this, I think. And I still wish there was a better way of defining it than by the name of what it’s not.

Ah, well. “Life-affirming” will do.