Throwback Post: These Are Not Rules of Fantasy


Rules are made to be broken – loved this blog on what one should or shouldn’t do when writing fantasy.

Legends of Windemere

I’m drawing out a popular post from July 4, 2014.  I’m still standing by this, but a year hasn’t even passed.  As usual, I don’t edit these when I put them back up for another look.  I might be doing this more because I’m tired and my brain can’t think of anything else to talk about.  Feel free to do this for your own genre or writing style or whatever.

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A big headache for genre writing is that nearly every reader has their own set of rules about how that genre should work.  They have their favorite authors and all others get compared to those ‘elite’.  Any deviation is met with disagreement or outright rage because god forbid you have two fantasy authors who take different approaches to the genre.  So I’m going to have a little fun here and go over a few rules that have been hurled…

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2 thoughts on “Throwback Post: These Are Not Rules of Fantasy

  1. I loved this article! Slightly off topic, but this reminded me of the time when I had a guy in a critique group complain that the male lead in my paranormal SHAPE SHIFTER novel could not be a virgin on his wedding night because it was too unrealistic. There was an entire conversation spurred in the group about this. I found it hysterical that people were turning into wolves, and the thing they found “unrealistic” was my 24 year old virgin guy. Go figure.

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