Reader vs Writer (1): Elements of the Fantasy Genre

I just thought it would be fun to compare myself as a reader and writer. And where better to start than the genre of my main staple in both reading and writing? So here we go.

Sub Genre

Reader Moonlake: Epic fantasy by hands-down and mainly adult, some YA occasionally. Sword & sorcery as light reading. High magic fantasy please. Continue to not quite understand and not really read urban fantasy. 

Writer Moonlake: I want to write epic high magic fantasy. My WIP is definitely fantasy but what sub-genre is it? No idea. 

Character names

Reader Moonlake: I don’t care, especially about pronunciation. It’s not as if I’m actually reading out loud to myself in my head when I’m reading. Reading to me is more about consuming words and being soaked into the literary images and atmosphere. And even if the author provides a page of how character names are supposed to be pronounced, sorry no guarantee that I will take it into my head. 

Writer Moonlake: Hmmm… let me think about it. I want a name that will fit the character. Well, I do for my main characters at least . 

Made-up Language

Reader Moonlake: I enjoy it in general. It’s something different to experience once in a while. As long as I don’t get too obsessive in flicking over to the back to read the glossary provided every time a made-up word crops up. 

Writer Moonlake: It comes and goes as an ‘obsession’. I don’t actually set out to create a language ala Tolkien but for some earlier projects, I just end up creating a bunch of made-up language as I write the story or brainstorm on world building


Reader Moonlake: I like the old-school magic ala Tolkienesque magic fine. I’m not averse to different conceptions of magic once in a while but I don’t think I’m interested in magic realism. I don’t actually really know what that is but it’s something akin to Sandersen’s exposition through action with the metal magic in Mistborn, then no thanks. Reminds me too much of physics. 

Writer Moonlake: Magic is lurking in the background to the WIP. But it is there. Does this mean I’m writing high magic fantasy or not? 

Published by moonlakeku

intermediate Chinese fantasy writer working on her debut series

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