This week author Rachel Wiley Bard talks with us about fantasy. Together we dig into tropes, pet peeves, and ponderings. Rachel talks about the history of fantasy and where she hopes it will go from here. We discuss the importance of speculative fiction. Don’t miss as Rachel recommends the one books she believes every writer should read, and discusses her own writing process.
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Rachel’s Talking Points
- Fantasy as a lense for examining our world and the change we want to see.
- Great fantasy authors: Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, Octavia Butler, David Eddings, and about a zillion others that aren’t coming to mind right now.
- Tropes–You can’t write without them, just be careful not to be lazy about them or unaware that they exist. Be intentional and imaginative with them.
- The history of Fantasy–It all starts with the Odyssey.
- Genres of Fantasy
- The book every writer should read: On Moral Fiction by John Gardner
- A brief discussion of Eastern vs Western Fantasy
- Rachel recommends a book for Kelsey: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Authors, Books, & Media Mentioned in this Episode:
- Terry Pratchett
- Neil Gaiman
- Octavia Butler
- Lois McMaster Bujold
- David Eddings
- Terry Brooks
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- George R.R. Martin
- Kieron Gillen & Jamie Mckelvie
- Laurell K. Hamilton
- New movie, Bright, starring Will Smith
- John Gardner
- Nnedi Okorafor
- Piers Anthony
- Kristen Britain
- Naomi Novik
- Kelly Link
- Archive of Our Own
- C.S. Lewis
- Robert Heinlein
- Mary Shelley
- Ursula Le Guin
- Neal Stephenson
- You get this magic item that is supposed to save the day and it just does not work, or it works in some really bad, unanticipated ways.
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- What are your favorite fantasy novels?
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