Wyrd and Wonder has started! Which means I am transforming all Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topics too fantasy. Instead of Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party to Fantasy Tropes I enjoy. To be honest, I can’t imagine throwing a bookish party anyway.
If you want to know more of Wyrd and Wonder go here.
Every fantasy book, despite its subgenre, is going to have fantasy tropes. If you say your book does not have any, boy, have you not paid attention. While people scoff at tropes, you can’t really get around them either. It’s not about the trope itself but how you use it.
The Reluctant Hero
Examples: Thorn by Intisar Khanani | Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
I think what appeals to me the most about the reluctant hero is that I can best understand them. Why throw yourself in danger if you could hide away? Why should you be the one to save everyone? The depth that gets added, or the lack there off, is what can make or break this trope.
Examples: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan | Tawny Man by Robin Hobb
Ah I love the simplicity of the quest. Travelling through the world and getting to know it. Slowly getting to know the characters and they each other in hardship. It makes me happy.
A Secondary World or Portal Fantasy
Examples: Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire | Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
There is something that will always appeal to my curiousity and imagination with the idea that you could step through a portal in a whole other world from our own. And yet still go back (some day).
Thief Becomes Hero
Examples: Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima | Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan
The idea that someone who does something criminal is the one that ends up saving the world amuses me. Sometimes you can’t influence your life, and especially in fantasy worlds, those things can lead to a life of crime. That doesn’t mean you are an actual bad person. Also I like characters that are a bit more morally gray.
Examples: Temeraire by Naomi Novik | Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Look, do I have to explain this? We all know I love dragons.
Examples: The Others by Anne Bishop | Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carragher
When one mentions shapeshifters one always thinks of werewolves first. Of course, they are the most commonly known but you can make shapeshifters out of anything. A good example of that is The Others series where there are a variety of animals that shapeshift. I love when there is more variety in those ways. But I also love when shapeshifters are just a part of the world like in Parasol Protectorate.