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Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:07 pm
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Uldin says...



Hello everyone!

I managed to gather good enough ideas for a novel, and I was wondering if you could help me out with the following questions:

1. Is it still 'possible' nowadays to write fantasy? I mean, I have been told several times that fantasy is a bloated market, and that people are jaded with it now. Is this true? If so, do you have tips for writing a fantasy novel that might make some change their minds about the genre?

2. Secondly, I was planning on having my story set in an Antiquity-style fantasy world, rather than the traditional medieval. Would this be well received as original, or instead be shunned as heretic?

Thanks for your help :)

Uldin




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Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:48 pm
Rosey Unicorn says...



You're contradicting yourself.

"Fantasy as a bloated market" is directly combated by writing a nontraditional fantasy world. Browsing the shelves I've noticed an influx of fantasy, most of which have some sort of twist in the world. Either it's not a standard time period, urban fantasy, steampunk... the list goes on. Fantasy tends to be a genre as varied as the people who read it, and some of the most prolific readers I know read only that genre (sometimes with some sci fi thrown in).

Go for writing a fantasy in a nontraditional setting. Half the appeal of fantasy is finding something new (either a new twist on an old plot, or a brand new idea), both as a writer and a reader.
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