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An interesting element of trying to randomly generate personalities and powers so there is no correlation. . .

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
There's a heroine who has to have a power, and it has to be the ability to drain life. . . .

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So there was the heroine, at a festivity because she couldn't go to the library.  (it was closed -- there was a festivity!)  And watching a fairy tale play.

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Was contemplating it after Team-ups and Crossovers, where one super world has child superheroes, and one doesn't (though, some states let you do some limited stuff at sixteen).

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Once upon a time, a heroine lost her husband and had to go on a quest to rescue him.  It was long, and during it she met an old man who could summon all the beasts in the world to ask if they knew something to help her, another the same with birds, and the third the same with fish.

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Spoilers forTales of the Questor ahead, because Wildcard is the magical sword in it. . . .
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Ah, a solution!  I know exactly the problem to give the hero and heroine with the bad guy for the climax.

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At one point in Style Is the Rocket, Tom Simon mentions one flaw of the later books:  Oz learns magic.  Real magic.

So what, I considered, would really come of  a con man learning magic?

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There's a real advantage of reading a lot of variants of fairy tales when it comes to retelling.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Sometimes, filing off one set of serial numbers only reveals that another needs to go.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Sometimes the story is a logjam of inspirations.

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Some times you don't see holes in a story until you carefully piece them all together.  Take one minor one:  how did they know that Regulus Black died in Harry Potter?

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Sometimes things leap out when you read a series in rapid sequence.  Like the gifts in Harry Potter.

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plot hole

Aug. 13th, 2015 07:53 pm
marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Was pondering things about Harry Potter and noticed one particularly glaring one.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
One trope I've noticed sometimes used in superhero books. . . .
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Homer nods, and Terry Pratchett wonders why, in the fairy tale, the witch is always wicked.  To which there are there are two answers.

The first is for the same reason that fairy tales always stop when the heroine's married -- They Don't.

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