First, thank you for this thread. My fantasy heart is full
As far as settings go, I’m a huge fan of magical forests and jungles. There’s just something so intriguing to me about mythical creatures and humans bridging that gap and co-existing in harmony.
I also love the powerful artifact trope – I feel like a lot can be done with this trope in terms of world building and structuring the stakes of your story.
I would love to see African mythology explored more in stories. There are so so so many deities to write about here, and it’s a shame there is close to nothing for it on the app.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think werewolves and vampires are both fantastic creatures to write about, and I am a huge vampires fan - so let me get that out of the way.
I don’t think neither are inherently bad in a fantasy story, but more often than not they are done shamefully. A lot of writers here tend to over-sexualize these alpha male characters (who are usually the male love interest) – violent, aggressive, dominant etc. And by correlating love and romance with these otherwise, harmful qualities, is irresponsible.
So, if you’re thinking of using either of these creatures in your Magicka entries, please keep that in mind. I’m a big fan of subverting genres and tropes, and it’s always fresh to see something different done with a trope or plot element that is so often used in the same, monotonous manner. So don’t be afraid to give us a kind, soft vampire boi @jothewriter.
I don’t mind reading chosen one tropes, because again most of the times it’s about the execution than the trope itself, but I can’t stand writing it. Perhaps I’ll regret saying this one day but, I don’t see myself writing it. It just makes me feel icky lmao.