TCWT Blog Chain: And in the Morning, I’m Makin’ Waffles!

I almost completely forgot about this blog chain.  Great way to start off my first post for it… Thankfully, I was reminded the day before I was supposed to have my post, and not the day after.  So I’m not late!  Yet.

Anyway, for those who don’t know what this chain is, here’s a link to the page.


Anyhow.  This month’s prompt was:

What kinds of published books would you like to see more of? 

Oh boy.   What a big question.  So here’s a list.

  • One of the things I want to see more of is female characters.  I guess this goes along with what a lot of other people have been saying—having more diversity in books—but I want to see more diverse female characters in the fantasy genre. I mean, how many different personalities, different combinations of flaws and strengths, different backstories, different goals, do you see with male characters?  Why can’t females have just as much diversity and differences?  Not just as a main character, either, but playing any role in the story.  Villain, sidekick, any of that.
  • More fairy tale retellings.  Yes, yes, I know, there already is a lot, but… they’re strangely fascinating.  I’ve never really been able to write one before—at least not very well—but I love reading them.
  • Less love triangles. Don’t get me wrong, I like a little romance. I can fangirl over my favorite ships. However, I prefer the kind that’s just a subplot, has a happily ever after at the end, and doesn’t thrown in any love triangles—especially if the sole purpose of them is for tension and suspense.  There really are other ways to create suspense, I promise.  And, well, I really do like happily ever afters.  I know they’re not very realistic—but when I read about “true love”, I can pretend that it really does exist and that maybe one day I’ll find some kind of Prince Charming, even though I feel darn near invisible to the male gender in social situations.  That sounds super cheesy, I know.  But I have a right to sound cheesy when I want to, thank you.
  • Anyway.  The last thing is different settings. I know there’s lots of different settings in different genres, but I mostly read fantasy, so the setting I see the most of is one usually loosely based off of medieval Europe. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that; it’s a fun time period and place. Almost every single one of my novels has a setting like that, too.  But I think it would be fun to see more fantasy novels set in completely different style settings. How about, say, a big fantasy that happens in the middle of Africa? Or Russia?  And not something modern, either.
    I want to write something like this, myself. I have German heritage and I’m sort-of learning the language, and I think it would be awesome to learn more about the culture and maybe use it for a story. I’ll be honest and say the only reason I haven’t done this yet is because I really…don’t know how to do the research.

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16 thoughts on “TCWT Blog Chain: And in the Morning, I’m Makin’ Waffles!

  1. Liam, Head Phil

    Good post. I just read a YA book without a love triangle, and while the romance subplot worked well for about half the book, it resolved too quickly and left me without conflict for the rest of the book. At that point, even a love triangle sounds appealing– which is why it’s so prevalent at the moment. No, love triangles aren’t that realistic, but the romantic tension thus provided cures the problem of no tension at all, which is a big problem. There are, of course, other ways to gain romantic tension, but it should never be ignored just to avoid a love triangle.

    Good post.

    1. That’s a good point. I guess the biggest reason I don’t like them is because, as I said in the post, I like happy endings, so love triangles just made me feel like that “happily ever after” is put on hold. Though, I guess, that’s exactly the point of them, isn’t it?

      Eh. I still don’t like them much, but I see their uses.

      Thank you! I’m happy with this post, too. And that may or may not have to do with the fact that this is the first time I’ve ever had an idea for a title that didn’t sound super boring.

  2. Good post! Funnily enough, I recently read a Cinderella retelling set in Germany in the 1400s, in which there wasn’t a love triangle. (The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson.) It was pretty cute.

    Definitely agree with you about the settings. Much as I like my English period dramas, there are other fascinating settings out there.

  3. I loved your list! I am having so much fun reading this blog chain. No, I don’t have a life! 🙂 but really, I’m keeping all of these lists in mind when I pick my next project. I see you asked for fairy tale re Tellings: how do you feel about re Tellings if classic literature or Shakespeare or other stories that aren’t fairy tales? And would you be interested in a fairy take re-telling if it wasn’t a fairy tale you’ve heard before?

    1. Oh, yes! The blog chain is awesome and can really be helpful sometimes, too. I’m hoping it’ll be more regular in the future.

      Absolutely! Any retellings can be fun if they’re done well. I personally love fairytales, but I’d be willing to read other things, as well. And same with the more obscure fairytales. In fact, sometimes they can be better if there isn’t already a Disney movie made out of it yet. (Though, making fun of Disney princesses is fun in it’s own way, too.)

  4. I think we should collate the results of this chain and send it to publishers: “Look, teen readers want fewer love triangles, more diverse characters, varied settings and fairytale retellings. Get on it.” Because there are themes that are coming up again and again in this chain and we should really point this out to them… 🙂

  5. Great post! I totally with your points, especially different settings. Most YA nowadays is Western-oriented, so that means we don’t get to have as many awesome Asian or African-based fantasies like I wish we could. I mean, a fantasy based off Han China would be AMAZING, for example. Or a fantasy with similarities to Leninist Russia, or even Early Modern Benin (in Africa, with lots and lots of gold) would be incredibly cool.

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