Conflict In Literature — Fantasy Raconteur

I wonder what will come next?

 

This… is actually pretty accurate=D Photo Credit: Grant Snider (license)

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5 thoughts on “Conflict In Literature — Fantasy Raconteur

  1. Relating to what comes next… a question came into my mind recently and I’d love to know others’ opinions. How will the literature of the present time be characterized in the future? Does any one-word description come to mind? What do you think the tendencies will be? Anyway, feel free to ignore me, I just like philosophizing about stuff=D And thank you for sharing the post!

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    1. I love philosophizing too! This may be too simple of an answer but I would say “generalizing”. The reason being, with the rise of Nanowrimo and an influx of young adult fiction, the formula for writing has become exactly that: a formula. I’ve seen the exact same unlikely hero, chosen one, zombie-apocalypse, vampire lovers stories come and go so many times I’m frankly pretty tired of it. Before, authors were revolutionaries and prided in stories that were different.

      Also, I want to mention that there has also been an arising of general authorship. Anyone can write anything they want. Just look at fanfiction (which I love from the bottom of my heart). I think the great thing that came out of that is that we now have a much larger influx of stories, whether it be YA or fanfic. The additional worlds, situations and characterizations fans write for their most beloved stories (even rewrites like Beastly a take on beauty and the beast) has transformed the way we look at novels. Now, the most popular ones can not be seen as stand alone stories. Because, there is no denying the influence of a fandom.

      Wow that has been a really rambly post. Not really sure if I actually answered your question. Here is one last thing though. Something becomes literature the moment the its culture fails to become common per se. Take Jane Austen’s works. They weren’t considered great pieces of literature back then. However, now her works have become portals to what a late century society is like all the while maintaining some everlasting comments on human nature. In a few decades, what they think of our greatest literature may what we hold as the most benign. Harry Potter for instance. However, the one lasting impression they will have of us is that if a forgotten little boy can become the wizard who saves an entire world of magical beings, then anyone, anywhere can become anything.

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      1. You have very interesting thoughts, some of which concur with the answer to the same question of a freind of mine. I share most of your views, as ‘generalizing’ really has become a trend, and the very few unique pieces of contemprorary literature that I read are seriously underrated, especially in the fantasy genre.

        And yeah, the influence of fanfiction is obvious, take Fifty Shades of Grey the originally Twilight fanfic lol.

        Another thought of mine is that we’re at a sort of standstill, with many generic plots getting written and rewritten and overwritten, and what we’re trying to do is acquire some originality and uniqueness. Can there be anything new under the sun in the 21st century? I hope so, but we’ll have to see.

        Anyway, thank you so much for your reply! I was wondering, since I get really intriguing answers to this question, if I get around to posting an essay on this topic in my blog, can I cite your thoughts (with full credit, of course)?

        Cheers!

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