It’s time for #fantasymonth again, and I’d like to thank @A. M. Reynwood for reminding me. This year’s theme is fandoms. Being such a broad category, I decided to do a survey of questions.
1. What Are Your Favorite Types of Fantasy-ish Genres?
When it comes to fantasy worlds, I enjoy straight-up fantasy, science-fiction, adventure, with a little romance or dark fantasy thrown in.
2. Are There Any Particular Titles You Enjoy Most?
Way too many to list, but what comes to mind are…
- Video games
- The Legend of Zelda
- Dark Souls
- Metroid Prime
- The Lord of the Rings
- Star Wars
- The Hobbit
- The Matrix
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers
- Rurouni Kenshin
3. What Are Your Favorite Types of Protagonists?
Anyone with strong passions, evokes empathy, is competent, and carries a legendary sword, firearm, or token that sets them apart from others. A flawed hero is always more interesting than a near-perfect one.
Villains who aren’t afraid to get in your face or make you hate them. Villains who aren’t walking cliches with their own mission and inner journey. A good villain, in my eyes, will also evoke empathy.
5. Favorite Fantasy Media? Books, Video Games, Movies, Comics, Etc?
6. Preferred Fantasy Tropes?
Elves, dragons, food, and magic. You can see more at my recent blog post.
7. If You Could Envision Yourself As One Protagonist, Who Would It Be? Why?
Link from the Legend of Zelda. He’s courageous, carries a legendary sword, and is soft-spoken (if he talks at all). I tend to be quiet, but I take initiative, and own a few sword replicas.
8. If You Could Only Bring One Kind of Item With You on a Quest, What Would It Be?
Good food, and lots of it!
9. Your Favorite Type of [insert legendary weapon here]? Swords? Guns? Hammers? Etc?
A tie between swords and guns for me. Ideally a “bladegun” like what my protagonist carries in Ethereal Seals.
There you have it, my answers for fantasymonth! If you’re reading this post, and you feel ambitious, answer the survey questions on your own blog or in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!
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