Monday, September 29, 2008

Ever thought of yourself as a budding J R R Tolkien?

Do you secretly harbour the desire to write your own fantasy epic? Do you re-read The Lord of the Rings every year in the hope that one day you will be able to create your own best-selling trilogy that then gets turned into a blockbuster film franchise? Do you have a folder full of scribbled maps depicting your own (but entirely different) Middle Earth?

If you do (or even if you just feel that you've read one derivative Hobbit rip-off too many) then you have to take The Fantasy Novelist's Exam.

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2 Comments:

Blogger RobC said...

I think the world ran out of space for bloated fantasy trilogies a few decades ago, but still people seem to think that's the done thing. Most odd, especially as even Lord of the Rings wasn't a proper trilogy – blame publisher interference for that!

September 29, 2008 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Mataeus said...

I have to say, Trilogies are over done... Why not just one book lovingly crafted? Sequels are okay, but I think a single story should be just that most of the time. Occasionally I would recommend an author's trilogy, but I think they are more at home in sci-fi than pure fantasy simply because of the epic setting that sci-fi novels can take. I mean, with fantasy how many fields can you gallop across over the course of three books? Most of them turn into medieval road trips! Anyway, on your link I found another link to here
www.thearma.org/essays/weights.htm
which proved most interesting....

October 1, 2008 at 7:54 AM  

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