Can some-one help me with fantasy races?
by, November 18th, 2010 at 11:45 AM (688 Views)
I must admit I do like the spot of fantasy reading as well as the wargaming fantasty 'stuff'. But one thing I do struggle with, when reading fantasy (don't ask me for specifics as I don't have any to give this is a general point) is that more or less the fantasy races are the same, e.g. Elves, Dwarfs, Ogres, Dragons,Humans, Wizards, Witches etc.
Now, a few questions :
1. where is the challenge in writing about these types, given that they seem to all have their set of characteristics (e.g. grumpy, greedy dwarfs)?
2.Or have I missed something important?
3.How far can a writer go in changing the established 'myths' about these types of races?
4. How does a writer make any of these races look new/origional if they have been done to death (so to speak?).
5. As and aside, why does fantasy normally include these types, why has no-one invented (or dared to invent) something other than a grumpy dwarf; for example with Sci-Fi you can invent aliens with 9 heads or something, but that does not seem to happen with fantasy writing. Why is this?
6.And also is there any good books about there which perhaps challenge whatever sterotypes one has of these fantasy races?
Just asking as I would like to brush up on one or two fantasy books.