a request

Posted: October 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Hey, fantasy writers:

Could we maybe try writing about people other than royalty?

Yes, I know that people with the power to make decisions make interesting stories, and yes, I know that traditionally fantasy has been set in faux-medieval European monarchies. Even so, it’s getting boring to pick up a book about yet another king or princess or whoever trying to save their kingdom from yadda yadda yadda.

I’m not angry. In fact, I understand the appeal. Hell, my first book was about a lost heir to the throne seeking to reclaim his kingdom. But still. I grew out of that phase. And we all should.

Fantasy doesn’t have to be about royalty. It should be free-ranging, spanning the multiverse, brightly-colored and wonderful and impossible and true. Not just sticking to the same old stories, using the same old characters.

Come on. You’re better than this.

We’re better than this.

~ Ian


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