Category: Fantasy

Where That Nebulous Line, Cliche?

My last post on the viability of fantasy has got me thinking about the charge of derivative work and cliche. What is a cliche, and why is it a problem? Already we have struck a problem, because most plot elements which people dismiss as cliches aren’t cliches at all. They’re actually what are known as writing tropes (pronounced tro-PEY). A… Read more →

Is High Fantasy Still Viable?

The question I have asked myself recently, as I have explored agents, publishers and their genre interests, is this: is a traditional high (or epic) fantasy in the vein of LOTR, Narnia, or Prydain going to appeal to agents and publishers? Is it even a viable market anymore? Most publishers and agents are flocking to Urban Fantasy, or Magical Realism,… Read more →