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  1. OK so this isn't entirely fantasy based, but most tropes mentioned here aren't and I just watched a show with it in so I'm pissed. Miscommunication! As a plot device! It sucks! The classic "do this or I kill your loved one! And tell no one else!" springs to mind. Usually the villain has no way to tell if the character tells anyone, and yet the character plays long even if they know that! Situations where just taking two second to think but people can't because ~~plot~~ are just so terrible. And so common. The excuse that the characters are scared and desperate only goes so far and then it's just frustrating when you find yourself shouting at the characters for every decision they make. Onto tropes I don't mind, the one that spring to mind is the main character being an orphan. While it can be lazy, I get why so many writers do it. It's easier to say the parents are dead and that's why the character can do whatever they want rather than having to try to deal with things like responsibility outside the plot. It can be lazy but it's not always bad. The plot trope of the characters being sent on a quest to defeat the evil/find the macguffin/get groceries I think is very fun even though I've seen people complaining about it. It's simple, but there are ways to make it fun and it's classic for a reason.
  2. Hoo boy, this is my subject! *cracks knuckles* May I suggest: Blackwood - The first season (all that's out so far) is a mystery set in a small town. It's got a kind of dark mystery that involves conspiracies and a local legend. Dreamboy, Alice Isn't Dead, The Orbiting Circus (of The Air), and all other Night Vale Presents podcasts - All made by the people who made Welcome to Night Vale (which I also recommend). They're all quite different, so you might want to look into them individually to make sure they're to your taste, but quality is assured. Alice Isn't Dead and Within the Wires are my favourites. Gone - A podcast recorded by the last woman on Earth. Something has made everyone else disappear without a trace. Steal The Stars - A noir science fiction thriller. The official description includes UFOs and heists, so what more could you want? The Ghost Radio Project - A group of individuals tour post-apocalyptic America, broadcasting music and news over a pirate radio station. Full of an interesting cast of neurodivergent, LGBT+, and POC characters. Unfortunately, it's only got four episodes and it doesn't look like any more are going to be made, but those four are still very good. For Real Play podcasts like TAZ, I can suggest: Protean City Comics - A real play of Masks, a teen superhero game. The episodes are full of entertaining hijinks and it heavily embraces it's comic roots. Venture Maidens - D&D real play, but all the players and the DM are women! Very refreshing in a male dominated corner. bomBARDed - D&D again, but all the characters are bards. Multiclassing bards, but they are all bards. All the players play instruments too, and the tunes they write are nice to listen to. Other than that, I can only give EOS10, The Bright Sessions, and The Penumbra Podcast my highest recommendations. I would like to add that The Penumbra Podcast only has the PI every other storyline. In the first season, the intermittent episodes are short stories, and in the second it's a separate high fantasy story. However, both have large amounts of LGBT+ and POC rep.
  3. Not really a trope, but just acting like friends. Sharing jokes, ribbing on each other, talking about themselves, you know actually displaying the friendship. If they get in trouble, watching each other's backs and taking care of each other after the fight. Having them work well together as a team usually displays some form of closeness even if it's not friendship. Honestly, I love just quiet scenes where they've settled down wherever they're staying for the night and they're talking. Just giving them down time to be friends would add so much to so many relationships and give the reader a break from the action too.
  4. Kai from my unnamed project is really bad talking with people. She doesn't get all the rules and is very oblivious to stuff like sarcasm and lying, people find her slightly awkward and offputting. While some of this is just how she is, she is very dismissive and quick to judge which can affect how she interacts with people. Normally she just has to concentrate very hard on making sure she understands what the other person is saying, and she's going to learn to not judge people as quickly. It's very plot relevant since the first half of her plot mostly consist of her trying to track down her father, so talking to people and knowing if they are lying is a very big deal. However, Kieran from The Caerellí Chronicles might be more flaw than person. At the beginning at least. He's selfish, and disconnected, and quick to give up as soon as something gets hard. Obviously these don't eclipse his personality otherwise the audience wouldn't like him, but they're pretty prevalent. To begin with, Kieran doesn't deal with them because he doesn't really see that they're flaws. Once he does notice them as bad things, he makes a conscious effort to consider other people's thoughts and feelings, to ground himself more, and persevere.
  5. This sounds like a very fun exercise! Makes you give a lot of thought into what makes a character tick. For Kai, since she's faceblind, I think she'd unfortunately not have a face anymore. Other than that, she's very physically aware of herself. Aside from the slight exaggeration or played down aspect of herself that we all have sometimes, how hard her hair is to control and how strong she is respectively, she'd be very much the same physically. I'm not sure what her power or weakness would be. One of her key characteristics is that she doesn't understand people and very much prefers to be around animals. I feel like that would have something to do with it. Matias would be extremely happy about finally having a completely comfortable body, when it comes to gender at least. He'd be shorter than in reality since he thinks of himself as short, a side effect of just happening to be surrounded by tall people. Because he's very dedicated and singularly focused, his power would probably have something to do with that. Perhaps enhanced durability or focus, something similar to the healing touch from Trauma Centre. I think his weakness would also be related to that too, since it's also a problem for him sometimes. Rinn from In Orbit isn't the type to give much thought to her physical form. The Entity would probably have do a bit more work, drawing strings between what she's good at and what qualities she thinks you need to be good at those. So given her skills in building robotics, detective work, and sprinting to late meetings, she'd be very deft and fast, especially with her hands. Probably much more so than in reality. Appearance-wise, she'd look very similar. Given everything that happens around her, I'd say Rinn's weakness would just be incredibly bad luck. One of her defining character traits, to herself, is actually not having a power, so if she did have one, it would be something subtle that arguably isn't a power. I'm not sure if she would have one. Kira I think would be the most similar to how she is in In Orbit. Physically she would look very similar, but things about her would be less defined. She'd blend in a little more, everything about her being more ambiguous since she's always been relatively detached from her physical self. She'd be very comfortable with everything being less defined and comfortable about her. Her power would be the same as in the story too. She can sense natural sound-based/musical patterns around her, and manipulate the amplitude and frequency of soundwaves. Music is a very important part of her life and sense of self, so her weakness would probably be related to a lack of it.
  6. For my SF/Fantasy project, I'm writing from two third-person limited POVs, Matias and Kaikana. I like third limited because it lets you get into their head while avoiding the problems of first-person, like knowing the narrator survives(usually). For In Orbit, I'm using first person from Rinn's perspective. I am considering trying something else, though. I find first-person tricky and sometimes annoying to write? If I had to choose a different POV for each of them, I think Kira would work best for In Orbit since she's there for most of the important plot points. For the first one, I think Kai's father might work given his penchant for telling stories and it might be fun to experiment with making everything more mythologised.
  7. Project: Fireguard(working title)/In Orbit Goals: Make an outline and start the rough draft of Fireguard, and finish the first draft of In Orbit. Summary: I only know the characters and setting for Fireguard, so there isn't really one. In Orbit is a superhero and coming of age story about Rinn, who gets drawn into a city-wide conspiracy with a new teen hero she definitely doesn't have a crush on.
  8. Exactly! It's the same with everything that's put in unecessarily, but for some reason bigotry seems to be the most common in fantasy, especially ones with medieval-esque settings, thus the common excuse of historical accuracy.
  9. I'm not saying any type of portrayed bigotry has no place in fantasy, or fiction in general. One of my favourite musicals(not fantasy but I think still relevant to this) includes a gay lead in the 1960s and it definitely at least mentions the homophobia he's scared of. The difference between that and the type I'm talking about is in the musical it ties into the character development, the theme of secrets throughout the musical, and the subversion of tropes. The type I mean is the one where you read it and you can tell that the author put this into their story not to make any type of commentary or make the narrative stronger, but just because they want it there. It's usually the same type of author that includes horrific slavery, sexual assault, and other things like that under the guise of "historical accuracy" while giving their characters perfect teeth and conveniently leaving out things like smallpox and dysentery. Meanwhile, this accuracy is usually at least partially inaccurate anyway. This just gets to me because you have control of this world you're writing. Make a point about things if you want, use character experiences to tie into their backstories and arcs, but don't make me watch someone get killed for being gay (usually the only gay character in these types of stories) in a fantasy world just because you think that oppression is a universal truth or that this kind of stuff makes your story "hard hitting".
  10. Gotta agree with Game of Thrones and Tolkein opinions here. I read and liked the Hobbit, but LotR is just so dense I can't get into it. I tried reading the Song of Ice and Fire a little while ago but I didn't get past the first chapter. My biggest opinion are that people who include racism, sexism, homophobia or any similar ideas in their fantasy work for "historical accuracy" are either bigots or cowards. It's fantasy, there's nothing historically accurate about it. If it's part of the plot, whatever I'll suffer through it, but don't have people being horrible to your only female, gay, PoC characters because you can't imagine a world where those biases aren't there.
  11. I've always felt closest to dragons and phoenixes. Kind of funny, since they're both fire-related but they represent opposite things. I think part of the reason I like dragons is all the dragon rider media when I was younger and almost everyone would love to fly and have a pet that breathes fire. Phoenixes, I have no reason for loving other than they're super cool. That's the same reason I love the Roc too. Giant bird? 👍 I also like most sea monsters. Leviathan, the island-that's-really-a-fish monster, mermaids, all that jazz. Like Elena said above, the protagonists probably being sailors is a part of the attraction. Swashbuckling adventures that are painfully inaccurate when it comes to pirates is my jam! They all just have so much potential and the horror of the ocean being so deep you can't see the bottom of it is so cool. Just imagine, you're swimming at the beach and you swim out to the drop off. The water becomes darker and more obscured the further down it gets and you can already feel the cold water around you feet. You dive, just to get a look at the fish that hang around here. Down, in the dark water, you see an indistinct shape move. I just love the idea of the mystery and large sea beasts.
  12. I normally get my hints about what will happen next from tropes, genre, and character, not structure, but I don't think it really makes the story boring. If it's a good story, who cares if it's a little predictable? And I get satisfaction from being right. I think it annoys my friends and family most because I can't keep my mouth shut and give away what's going to happen. Stories are the same all the time, even ones that are completely separate. There's this youtube channel called Couch Tomato that makes "Why X is the same a Y" videos about Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, or Jurassic Park and The Incredibles. People will always be able to find ways to say stories are the same.
  13. One of my online buddies, DN Bryn, has written a book called Our Bloody Pearl. I think it's only on ebook, but it's good and it's decently cheap if you care about price. They're also writing sequels, so more mermaids later it you like it.
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