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The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Author : Deborah Chester
ISBN : 9781784996055
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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There's more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing new magic. How exactly is a plot put together? How do you know if your idea will support an entire novel? How do you grab reader attention and keep it? How do you create dynamic, multi-dimensional characters? What is viewpoint and do you handle it differently in urban fantasy than in traditional epics? What should you do if you're lost in the middle? How do you make your plot end up where you intend it to go? From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the handling of emotions, let award-winning fantasy author Deborah Chester guide you through the process of putting a book together. Convinced there's no need to shroud the writing process under a veil of mystery, Chester supplies tips that are both practical and proven. They are exactly what she uses in writing her own novels and what she teaches in her writing courses at the University of Oklahoma. Along with explaining story construction step-by-step, Chester illustrates each technique with examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy. The technique chapters include exercises to assist novices in mastering the craft of writing fantasy as well as suggestions for avoiding or solving plot problems. More experienced writers will find tips for taking their work to the next level. With an introduction by author Jim Butcher, The fantasy fiction formula provides the information you need to gain skill and proficiency in writing fantasy like a pro.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Formulas Of Popular Fiction

Author : Anna Faktorovich
ISBN : 9780786474134
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Anna Faktorovich has written an impressive study of genre writing. It is comprehensively informative and enticing on an intellectual level and simultaneously encouraging and useful to those embarking on a writing career. Formulaic authorship is not as creatively rewarding as producing Lolita or King Lear, but those future Luke Skywalkers and Harry Potters will pay the rent."--Robert Hauptman, editor, Journal of Information Ethics. This book creates a taxonomy for the major bestselling fictional genres: romance (e.g., authors Heyer, Cartland, Woodiwiss and Roberts), religious and inspirational (Corelli and Douglas), mystery and detective (Conan Doyle, Christie and Mankell), and science fiction, horror and fantasy (Wells, Tolkien, Orwell, Niven, King and Rowling). Chapters look at a genre from its roots to its most recent works. The structural patterns in the plot, characters and setting of these genres are then explained. The book also provides a critique of currently popular hyper-formulaic, hack, unliterary writings that have multiplied in recent decades. Special topics such as the publishing oligopoly and the resulting homogeneity among bestselling works and the steady movement from literary to unliterary fiction are also examined.
Category: Literary Criticism

Fantasy And Reconciliation

Author : Kay Mussell
ISBN : UOM:39015010238148
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Category: Literary Criticism

Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy

Author : Crawford Kilian
ISBN : 1551801892
Genre : Reference
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Covers heroes, subgenres, technology, sword, and sorcery.
Category: Reference

Strategies Of Fantasy

Author : Brian Attebery
ISBN : UOM:39015024948682
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"In the early chapters, the author sorts out some of the confusion about the term fantasy, distinguishing the fantastic as a technique from fantasy as a popular formula and a literary genre. Looking back to the early reception of Tolkien's trend-setting epic fantasy, he points out how critical theory at the time was simply unable to account for either the strengths or the weaknesses of The Lord of the Rings. By contrast, critical methods developed for coping with postmodernist metafictions are shown to apply equally well to the genre of fantasy. Having worked primarily with older fantasies in his study of The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature, Attebery focuses here on important recent examples such as Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, Suzette Haden Elgin's Ozark Trilogy, and John Crowley's Little, Big. Analysis of these texts shows not only that fantasy scholarship can learn from contemporary theory, but also that a close look at fantasy can overturn common assumptions about the nature of narrative.".
Category: Literary Criticism

The A To Z Of Fantasy Literature

Author : Brian Stableford
ISBN : 0810863456
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Once upon a time all literature was fantasy, set in a mythical past when magic existed, animals talked, and the gods took an active hand in earthly affairs. As the mythical past was displaced in Western estimation by the historical past and novelists became increasingly preoccupied with the present, fantasy was temporarily marginalized until the late 20th century, when it enjoyed a spectacular resurgence in every stratum of the literary marketplace. Stableford provides an invaluable guide to this sequence of events and to the current state of the field. The chronology tracks the evolution of fantasy from the origins of literature to the 21st century. The introduction explains the nature of the impulses creating and shaping fantasy literature, the problems of its definition and the reasons for its changing historical fortunes. The dictionary includes cross-referenced entries on more than 700 authors, ranging across the entire historical spectrum, while more than 200 other entries describe the fantasy subgenres, key images in fantasy literature, technical terms used in fantasy criticism, and the intimately convoluted relationship between literary fantasies, scholarly fantasies, and lifestyle fantasies. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography that ranges from general textbooks and specialized accounts of the history and scholarship of fantasy literature, through bibliographies and accounts of the fantasy literature of different nations, to individual author studies and useful websites.
Category: Literary Criticism

In Search Of The Paper Tiger

Author : Gary Hoppenstand
ISBN : 0879723564
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The author examines the process of social life and the relationship of myth, popular formula, and the mystery genre to social psychology. The book presents social construction of reality theory as a methodology upon which the structure of mass-mediated popular fiction can be examined, postulating definitions of myth and formula and advancing a new language of literary analysis that acknowledges the socially defining, democratizing experience of popular fiction. Social-psychological analysis is focused on the mystery genre and examines its taxonomy, including the supernatural, fiction noir, gangster, thief, thriller, and detective formulas.
Category: Literary Criticism

Formula Fiction

Author : Frank Cioffi
ISBN : UCAL:B4376183
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Nightmare And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy

Author : Francis Stevens
ISBN : 0803292988
Genre : Fiction
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Slithering from these pages are never-before-collected tales of suspense and wonder by the woman who invented modern-day dark fantasy: A man goes quietly to bed aboard the doomed Lusitania and awakens on a magical South Pacific Island just as the passenger liner is torpedoed. In a future where women rule the world, a sentient island becomes murderously jealous of a shipwrecked couple. Dire consequences await a human swept into the dark, magical world of elves. A deadly labyrinth coils around the dark heart of a picturesque landscape garden. Within an Egyptian sarcophagus lies the horrifying price of infidelity. Swirling unseen around us are loathsome creatures giving form to our basest desires and fears. A beautiful, veiled medium may hold the key to preventing unspeakable evil from slipping through the borderlands between life and death. On a lost island a woman pipe player and her monstrous dancing partner bring death and terror to five adventurers. ø The stories in this collection have played an integral role in the development of modern dark fantasy, greatly influencing such writers as H. P. Lovecraft and A. Merritt.
Category: Fiction

A Writer S Guide To Speculative Fiction Science Fiction And Fantasy

Author : Crawford Kilian
ISBN : 9781770405066
Genre : Reference
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You can create believable science fiction and fantasy worlds Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre enveloping the ever-expanding genres of science fiction and fantasy, and best-selling science fiction and fantasy authors Crawford Kilian and Silvia Moreno-Garcia come together in this book to show writers how to craft believable worlds and plausible characters, and ultimately, how to craft good stories. Their hands-on, practical, put-the-book-down-and-start-writing advice speaks to new and emerging authors of science fiction and fantasy. They offer more than pep talks and success stories; they explain genres and how to bend and blend them, and give concrete suggestions on how to overcome the inevitable problems writers face, such as self editing, writing plausible characters, and building a plot without writing formula fiction. With a combined nearly 50 years of experience, Kilian and Moreno-Garcia save writers time, energy, and grief by showing them how to master the craft of storytelling and how to market their stories as successfully as possible. Their invaluable advice persuades readers to go beyond their, and others’, expectations of market and genre, pushing them to be better writers, and to add their own unique storytelling voices into the growing speculative fiction arena.
Category: Reference

By The Sword

Author : Greg Costikyan
ISBN : 0312854897
Genre : Fiction
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Nijon, a young barbarian and son of the god Mongoose, performs heroic deeds--such as killing a lioness barehanded, outsmarting a dragon, rescuing a princess, and outwitting a king.
Category: Fiction

Presenting Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

Author : Cathi Dunn MacRae
ISBN : UOM:39015041923908
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Organizes fantasy literature into sub-genres and examines the lives and works of authors in each of the different areas
Category: Literary Criticism

Fantasy Fiction

Author : Lucie Armitt
ISBN : 0826416853
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is a series of introductory books about different types of writing. One strand of the series will focus on genres such as Science Fiction, Horror, Romance, and Crime. The other strand will focus on movements or styles often associated with historical and cultural locations - Postcolonial, Native American, Scottish, Irish, American Gothic. These introductions all share the same nine-part structure: 1.A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements 2.A timeline of historical developments 3.Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading 4.Detailed readings of several key texts 5.In-depth analysis of major themes and issues 6.Signposts for further study 7.A summary of the most important criticism in the field 8.A glossary of terms 9.An annotated, critical reading list Writers covered in this book include: Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, J.K. Rowling, H.G. Wells, Thomas More, Jonathan Swift, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Yann Martel, Jeanette Winterson, and William Gibson.
Category: Literary Criticism

Stories About Stories

Author : Brian Attebery
ISBN : 9780199316076
Genre : Fiction
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The first comprehensive study of fantasy's uses of myth, this book offers insights into the genre's popularity and cultural importance. Combining history, folklore, and narrative theory, Attebery's study explores familiar and forgotten fantasies and shows how the genre is also an arena for negotiating new relationships with traditional tales.
Category: Fiction

The Enemies Of Vengeance

Author : P.A. Ross
ISBN : 9781005270940
Genre : Fiction
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V and Thorn have joined in Union, King and Queen of the Vampires. But the honeymoon must go on hold, as V needs to settle an old score back in England. This is a chance to finish off the O’Keefe family for good and regain his confidence after the horrendous tortures at the hands of the Hunters. While visiting Leeds, his best friend from school, Giles, confronts him and vows vengeance for his betrayal. V knows one day they will fight and that one of them must die. How can he kill his best friend? A friend he did betray. A friend he did abandon. Meanwhile, Thorn finds other vampires to join her army. The new recruits reveal the startling history of the vampire war, and V faces a deadly rival for his position of King. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends, as the battle lines blur in this penultimate book in the series. Continue on this dark adventure and download today. keywords: vampire books for teens , vampire series , supernatural , paranormal , coming of age fantasy , genetic engineering , science fiction , mashups , bad girlfriend , bullied , vampire vengeance , horror , young adult , men's vampire book , strong female vampire , vampire books , strong female characters , department 19 , will hill, cirque du freak , darren shan, vampire hunter , male protgonist , strong male led , male POV
Category: Fiction

The Defective Detective In The Pulps

Author : Gary Hoppenstand
ISBN : 0879722363
Genre : Fiction
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The world of the defective detective was a strange one. Continuing the motif of the mythological hero, this unique detective type emerged in the 1930s in a very imperfect and threatened society. The stories reprinted in this volume reveal just how widely the genre ranged during the Depression.
Category: Fiction

The Birth Of Vengeance

Author : P.A. Ross
ISBN : 9781301124954
Genre : Fiction
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For Jon Harper, adolescence has been a revolving door of bullying, torment, and isolation. Sick of constantly looking over his shoulder, Jon vows vengeance on those who have wronged him. Enter Thorn: a dark angel of destiny or Jon’s undoing? It is only with the help of this sultry new companion does Jon obtain the ability to wreak vengeance on his tormentors through the power of the vampire formula, a genetic altering drug. With the vampire formula, the user has the ability to temporarily transform into a vampire, complete with the awesome powers afforded to the dark immortals. Jon must only choose his path: redemption or forgiveness? For a young man in the throes of young love and awakened passions, revenge is a dish best served in the dead of night. In this all-new dark urban fantasy series Vampire Formula from P.A. Ross, imagine the world of vampires and forbidden love turned upside down. Will darkness and passion get the better of Jon Harper? Will the power of the night change him forever? Find out in this first installment in the series, The Birth of Vengeance! Get into the action and sink you teeth into a copy now . There is a free prequel story to download, which is set a couple of years beforehand. "I Want Vengeance: Vampire Formula #0" keywords: vampire books for teens , vampire series , supernatural , paranormal , coming of age fantasy , genetic engineering , science fiction , mashups , bad girlfriend , bullied , vampire vengeance , horror , young adult , men's vampire book , strong female vampire , vampire books , strong female characters , department 19 , will hill, cirque du freak , darren shan, vampire hunter , male protgonist , strong male led , male POV
Category: Fiction

Science Fiction And Fantasy Book Review

Author : Neil Barron
ISBN : 9780893706098
Genre : Fantasy fiction
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"Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review" was founded in 1979 to provide comprehensive coverage of all the major and minor books being released in the genre at that time. This was the golden era of SF publishing, with a thousand titles (old and new) hitting the stands and the bookshelves each and every year. From the older classics to the newest speculative fiction, this was the period when the best and the brightest shined forth their talents. SF&FBR included reviews by writers in the field, by amateur critics, and by litterateurs and University professors. Over a thousand books were covered during the single year of publication, many of them having been reviewed no where else, before or since. The January 1980 issue includes a comprehensive index of all the works featured during the preceding year. This reprint will be a welcome addition to the literature of science fiction and fantasy criticism. Neil Barron is a retired bibliographer and literary critic, editor of the acclaimed "Anatomy of Wonder" series. Robert Reginald was the publisher for twenty-five years of Borgo Press, and has authored over 110 books of his own."
Category: Fantasy fiction