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.
And…to end my little list, here’s the other blogs in the chain.
May 5th – http://sammitalk.wordpress.com/
May 6th – http://www.nerdgirlinc.blogspot.com/
May 7th – http://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/
May 8th – http://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/
May 9th – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/
May 10th – http://randomofalife.blogspot.com/
May 11th – http://maralaurey.wordpress.com/
May 12th – http://www.fidaislaih.blogspot.com/
May 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/
May 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/
May 15th – http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/
May 16th – http://taratherese.wordpress.com/
May 17th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/
May 18th – http://oliviarivers.wordpress.com/
May 19th – http://afoodyportfolio.wordpress.com/
May 20th – https://magicandwriting.wordpress.com/
May 21st – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/
May 22nd – http://www.brookeharrison.com/
May 23rd – http://eighthundredninety.blogspot.com/
May 24th – http://www.oyeahwrite.wordpress.com/
May 25th – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com/
May 26th – http://blisterblogs.blogspot.com/
May 27th – http://thependanttrilogy.wordpress.com/
May 28th – http://www.lilyjenness.blogspot.com/
May 29th – http://sunsandstarsanddreams.wordpress.com/
May 30th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/