Monday, June 05, 2006

Why it's good to know your genre

'Cos things like The Fantasy Exam have been created to poke fun of those who don't.

Test questions include:

  • Does nothing happen in the first fifty pages?
  • Is your main character a young farmhand with mysterious parentage?
  • Is your main character the heir to the throne but doesn't know it?
  • Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?
  • Is your story about a quest for a magical artifact that will save the world?
  • How about one that will destroy it?
  • Does your story revolve around an ancient prophecy about "The One" who will save the world and everybody and all the forces of good?
  • Does your novel contain a character whose sole purpose is to show up at random plot points and dispense information?

And then I think, wait just a cotton picking moment. I write some form of Romance. I have this problem (that is, the last one in my short list)

Totally fun to read and stolen from Agent Kristin.

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