Alida and Kathryn welcome award-winning fantasy author Alina Sayre back to the show as part of our genre series. We have a fun conversation about genre expectations, tropes, cross genre fantasies, suspense of disbelief, multiple POV stories, and more!
What makes a fantasy a fantasy? Can you combine fantasy with other genres? What are the main things that go into a fantasy novel? And what are reader expectations of your world and characters? And what are some pitfalls you need to avoid as a fantasy writer?
What we talked about:
What are some of the reader expectations that go into Fantasy? (1:00)
The importance of characters in Fantasy (or in general!). (3:11)
Fantasy and other genres. (5:22)
What are some main set pieces for a fantasy novel? (6:22)
What makes a fantasy a fantasy? (9:28)
What are the constraints of plausibility within fantasy? (11:43)
How much do we draw on real life for world building? (17:00)
Where should your world building show up on the page? (18:35)
What about the ensemble casts or multiple points of view? (22:34)
Things we mentioned:
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