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  • A group for those who write, read, and bleed fantasy!

    Discuss your favorite books, themes, tropes, games and what-have-you.

    Are you an author? Heed well that while self promotion is not appropriate in the group, you are in fact encouraged to mention...  more
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    • Last updated March 4, 2018

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  • Stephen Trolly
    Stephen Trolly: For everyone in here, my debut novel Rising Vengeance, is free I'm Amazon until Friday, when it returns to $0.99 USD.
    The link should be available on my personal page.
    Thanks, and I hope you enjoy if you choose to download it.
    If you do, please review...  more
    • July 11, 2018
    • Stephen Trolly
      Deleted Member Can't find a link here, Stephen. But found you on Amazon.
      Not my genre, sorry - but you have obviously put a lot of work into your writing.
      • July 12, 2018
    • Stephen Trolly
      Stephen Trolly Here's the link for anybody having trouble finding it on my...  more
      • July 12, 2018
  • Christina "DZA" Marie
    Christina "DZA" Marie: Check out part two of my four-part video series "Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling!"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhadq3zmDKc
    • April 14, 2018
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver replied to a topic in the group Fantasy Fanatics:
    The short answer: Take the saying "Necessity is the mother of invention" and flip it around. If there isn't at least a perceived need for something, no one will bother to invent it, or at least they won't be able to convince everyone else to adopt that in...
    • April 9, 2018
  • Stephen Trolly
    Stephen Trolly posted a topic in the group Fantasy Fanatics:
    I see a lot of complaints online about fantasy worlds like Middle Earth where technological advancement isn't on par with earth. Things like "if I lived for 6,000 years, even I would have invented the lightbulb by now."
    How do actual fantasy writers feel...
    • March 31, 2018
  • Robert W. Easton
    Robert W. Easton: Dragons can be the atomic bombs of fantasy power. How do suggest a dragon can be a main character ina fantasy work without overwhelming the other characters with its might? Any examples where an author has pulled this off?
    • March 29, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Robert W. Easton Right, that's the issue, I suppose. Its like Superman in Justice League or Professor X in the X-Men comics. Rule #1 of the story is sideline the character that could just solve all of the problems. A dragon as a co-protagonist creates many story-tension...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Stephen Trolly Maintaining the tension is the problem. Make the dragon the antagonist, and you've git a Dungeons and Dragons quest. Nothing wrong with that, but the story becomes predictable.
      Making other characters more powerful defeats the purpose of there even...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Thomas Weaver Stephen Trolly: I think you are misunderstanding what I mean by balance. Characters need not be of equal power level for it to be believable that the non-dragons can at least survive the encounter and (if appropriate) get rid of the dragon. There seems...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Stephen Trolly Thomas Weaver: I understood what you meant, and I know that there are other ways to survive a conflict with anything as powerful as a dragon than just by matching strength, whether the dragon is the good guy or the bad guy.
      My point is that a dragon is...  more
      • March 30, 2018
    • Robert W. Easton
      Robert W. Easton Another way to look at this is Puff the Magic Dragon. Puff is clearly the power. What does Jackie provide in their adventures? Only companionship, and while that companionship is clearly crucial to Puff, is that the only thing mere humans can provide to...  more
      • March 31, 2018
  • Thomas Weaver
    Thomas Weaver replied to a topic in the group Fantasy Fanatics:
    I reject the false dichotomy that a fantasy story must be either grimdark or fluffy-unicorn.

    Speaking of unicorns... I've read only one novel by GRRM, and that one only because it was dedicated to Roger Zelazny, one of my favorite authors. I don't mind...
    • March 27, 2018
    • Thomas Weaver
      Stephen Trolly I agree that fantasy doesn't have to be one or other, and that ideally it should have a good mix of both.
      The problem is that, at least that I notice on my own writing, trying to write a light scene after taking it to a darker place is jarring and...  more
    • Thomas Weaver
      Kell Inkston I find myself doing the same quite often. It's taken me many, many projects to start learning to hold myself back when it comes to tonal shifts, but I think I've gotten a fairly good grip on my other hand when one wants its turn.

      I feel your pain.
      • March 27, 2018
    • Thomas Weaver
      Robert W. Easton I don't reada lot of fantasy these days. Maybe I fear the proposed dichotomy. I do like things to be blackest before the surprising resolution. But without a positive outcome, meh.
      • March 27, 2018
  • Ellen A. Easton
    Ellen A. Easton joined the group Fantasy Fanatics
    • March 26, 2018
  • Robert W. Easton
    Robert W. Easton joined the group Fantasy Fanatics
    • March 26, 2018
  • Christina "DZA" Marie
    Christina "DZA" Marie: Hello lovelies! I am new (both to the group and the site). So I shall give you a present.

    This is a poster for my upcoming graphic novel series "Sovadron," illustrated by John Hawkins. A little blurb for context:
    "Using her blood and the...  more
    • March 26, 2018
    • Christina "DZA" Marie
      Eric Martell The cover certainly grabs your attention, but I think the woman is lost in the darkness. Perhaps she needs to be either brighter, or posed so that her outline is more highlighted against the dragons' fire. Just a thought. I do like the artwork, though.
      • March 26, 2018
    • Christina "DZA" Marie
      Kell Inkston The dragons are truly too sick to ignore. Absolutely wonderful imo.
    • Christina "DZA" Marie
      Christina "DZA" Marie Thanks guys!
      • March 27, 2018
    • Christina "DZA" Marie
      Stephen Trolly I do really like this piece, but there's one thing with it.
      I'm not sure that I understand the point of the woman at all. Was she just there and was caught by surprise? If so, I would rather see her profile pointing away from the dragons, like she's...  more
    • Christina "DZA" Marie
      Christina "DZA" Marie Stephen: yes, she's the "she" from the blub (Sovadron), creating the dragons.
      • April 3, 2018
  • Christina "DZA" Marie
    Christina "DZA" Marie joined the group Fantasy Fanatics
    • March 26, 2018
  • Greg Alldredge
    Greg Alldredge joined the group Fantasy Fanatics
    • March 25, 2018
  • Stephen Trolly
    Stephen Trolly replied to a topic in the group Fantasy Fanatics:
    That Martin wasn't afraid to kill characters really helped me get into the series, but with how many of the deaths seemed so superfluous, it took a lot for me to keep going with it.
    Tolkien's characters were written where it was basically impossible to ...
    • March 25, 2018
  • Merri Halma
    Merri Halma joined the group Fantasy Fanatics
    • March 25, 2018
  • Samantha FidlerNewby
    Samantha FidlerNewby joined the group Fantasy Fanatics
    • March 25, 2018
  • Al Burke
    Al Burke joined the group Fantasy Fanatics
    • March 23, 2018