Creating Unique Magical Fantasy Races - Auden Johnson
I like elves, fairies and dwarfs but I’ll sometimes roll my eyes when they show up in a story. It’s more interesting when an author creates their own race, calling it something new. My story, The Marked Hosts, has dragon shifters but they’re called Sencial. The Del’Praeli in my Merging Worlds series were inspired by vampires. How can you create unique, humanoid fantasy races that leave readers enthralled? Read Inhale stories that feature different kinds of fantasy beings. If you only read…
The Chart of Fantasy Art Part 2: Urban Fantasy - Orbit Books
Every year we ask our summer intern to do a survey of cover art elements for the top US fantasy novels published in the previous year. This year we looked at covers from 2009, and compared them against 2008′s findings. In our post yesterday we mentioned that we will probably retire the “damsel in distress” […]
#BookLovers’ Day Hop: Best Fantasy Book Tropes (In My Humble Opinion) - Auden Johnson
Every day is a good day to celebrate books but it is cool to have an Internet holiday for bookworms. National Book Lover Day is August 9! I used to get teased for reading too much. It’s nice to know we now have a day to celebrate those who “read too much.” Some bookish pals and I are blogging about our love for books. I wanted to do something fun. A couple of posts ago, I shared some fantasy tropes that make me put down a book. This time, I’m sharing tropes that have me devouring a story…
How Japanese RPGs Inspired A New Generation Of Fantasy Authors
When I think back to my childhood and teenage years, when my literary tastes were being forged in the crucible of youthful emotion and impressionism, particular scenes come to life: Sam carrying Frodo up Mt. Doom. The Reaper chasing Wil Ohmsford through the Westland. Marle hugging Crono on top of Death Peak.