Fantasy Friday is my own feature, posted every other Friday. It’s pretty self-explanatory: I do a feature on something to do with the genre. Sometimes it will be a book recommendation, sometimes showcasing a book or series I’ve loved and other times it might be a discussion post. You’re more than welcome to join in with this feature, let me know if you make your own Fantasy Friday post!
Today I want to talk about: my least favourite elements of fantasy fiction.
Yup, in this feature where I talk about how much I love fantasy I want to… discuss when exactly I don’t like it. There are some elements that seem to occur frequently within the genre that just bug me. I already shared my favourite elements in a previous post, so I figured why not share the bits I don’t like?
1. Cheesy names
So I get that making up a fantasy language is difficult, and that finding names to fit your new fantasy world can be hard. But some characters just have awful, ridiculous sounding names, and every time I read about them my experience of the book is ruined by the urge to giggle. Don’t forget those vowels, please.
2. ‘The Chosen One’ and the ‘Dark Lord’
Not so much the concept of them, but actually referring to them as that. It just feels lazy, it’s really overdone. If you’re going to go for that theme, then at least call them something else.
3. ‘Cookie cutter’ fantasy worlds
Basically any book that has pretty much copied the fantasy greats in creating their world. Elves live in the woods, they dislike dwarves, there’s a monarchy and nobility – any book that overuses typical fantasy elements. If you want it to be memorable, make something original.
4. A lack of female characters
There’s no reason for this. So your fantasy novel is based on medieval history, and you’re following the societal norms of the period? Yeah, well it’s not ACTUALLY set in the Middle Ages. There are plenty of fantasy novels based on medieval history with kickass women.