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Trope Spins #7: Medieval Europe

Trope Spins #7: Medieval Europe

Second-to-last post in our Trope Spins series! And our topic today is…

The Pseudo-European Medieval Setting.

If you think I’m looking at you, I probably am…

Thatched cottages. Peasants tilling the land under the rule of a forbidding or (on the off chance) kindly landord. Horses. Illiteracy. Market-places full of con men, ballads, and chickens. Plagues.

Oh, and don’t forget the magic.

Trope Spins #6: The Love Interest

Trope Spins #6: The Love Interest

This article was written specifically to YA fantasy writers. That said, its main takeaway is applicable to any romance writer out there!

Our genre is a ripe ground for romance. What better spot to plan an angsty love story than against the backdrop of your epic fantasy world? What better subplot to weave into your rich intrigue and battles? I don’t think it’s too far to say that romance is an expected element in fantasy, however small it be. But when something becomes expected, often what follows is a lack of development… and the love interest is no exception.

Trope Spins #5: The Quest

Trope Spins #5: The Quest

So, I’m riffling through our archives of this magazine… and realized that out of all those fantasy tropes, we haven’t done the Quest. The quintessential (okay, there’s a lot of those, okay) fantasy trope! Can you believe it?

So what’s the Quest trope? It’s, quite simply, what happens when you get the mentor, the chosen one, the sidekick, and the magic artifact together…

Trope Spins: The Chosen One

Trope Spins: The Chosen One

You step tentatively into the circle on the floor.

A faint hum begins to emit from the magic-meter in the center.

The elderly wizard's eyes stare searchingly into yours as a faint blue glow creeps throughout the room.

What?” you gasp. “What does this mean? What is happening? Who am I?”

Why, do you not know?” he responds gravely. “You are — the Chosen One!…”