marycatelli: (Cat)
Was contempating the masquerade in Phoebe and the Unicorn, where the unicorns live casually among us and go unnoticed.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
In the normal portal fantasy, there is no need for the masquerade:  the magic's in another world, open there, and hardly hiding from the more mundane world, and if the characters aren't snatched from it by magic from the other, the portal is an effervescent and fugitive thing with a mind of its own.
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marycatelli: (Cat)
Was pondering Monster Hunter International.  Where the masquerade is upheld by the mundane government, putting down the monsters and threatening the witnesses.  Lately revealed to because people's knowledge of it would prove dangerous.  BUT --

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Was pondering the masquerade and realized -- what if the magical being were forced away as punishment?

It would leave a whole lot of the world-building questions open but still has its intriguing aspects

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
ah Julian. . . there I was, merrily outlining along, and got to the point where I introduced him. . . love interest.  To give my heroine more motive to get her job done.  And then it turns out. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
So we have dove maidens and swan maidens, peahen maidens and heron maidens, and a few others, and out in the farther reaches, unseen by our main character, there are some oddities:  spoonbills, selkies greyhounds, frogs (even though frogs are mostly cursed in this world).

Why stop there?

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Building the masquerade and the magical worlds within it -- and I think there's going to be some humans hanging around in some, aware of the magical beings.

Not wizards -- well, not necessarily -- some might incidentally have some magic, but that's not why they are there.

I think I have concluded that they were people too tightly entwined with the magical creatures to be torn away.  As long as they are bound not to blurt out the truth when they meet the ignorant, and don't themselves realize there's more magical beyond -- so they don't go and become nuisances -- they can fit in nicely in the worlds of trolls or dragons.  Might not be fun for them, but it would work.
marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
I have these worlds of magic.  One with werewolves, one with dragons, one with bird maidens -- one, I think, with trolls and ogres -- and the heroine, one of the bird maidens, goes on a walk.  A long one.  And meets a troll, and knowing her fairy tales, says, "Good morning, grandfather."
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marycatelli: (Cat)
Was pondering the possibility of different kinds of magical beings hiding themselves from the mundane -- and each other -- and realized that a selective withdrawal did not have to mean hiding from each other.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
The Cursed Child did not add much to the details of why the magic is all living in secrecy in the Harry Potter world.  However, it did have one interesting touch -- spoiler warning --

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Here is the character, newly arrived on the scene.  Here are some characters who are friendly and curious and perfeclty willing to lecture her at length about all the things she's wondering about.  True, they want to hear about her start too. . . .
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
seven little girls babbling about their lessons. . . and I suddenly realize an important point.

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marycatelli: (God Speed)
Was contemplating this and that and thought of another reason why, in urban fantasy, the werewolves and vampires and whatnot might be living in secrecy among us.

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marycatelli: (Architect's Dream)
Hmmm -- if the wizard society pulled away from Muggles in modern types, as the Harry Potter books say it did, how did wizardly history affect Muggle history?

All those Goblin Wars?  All those dragons?  If they weren't separate, the wizards would have had to re-write history with censorship to prevent notice.  Perhaps recast some of it as fiction.  (A la L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter trilogy.)

But there might still be traces left where the patch job had to be a bit awkward because nothing could make the omission of magic neat.
marycatelli: (Cat)
Thought of another justification for the masquerade, why magic lurks among us but we don't know it -- so that urban fantasy can take place in a world that is not alternate.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
I was playing with two ideas for urban fantasy, both about justifying the masquerade.  Why would very powerful magic beings hid from the modern world?  When they are also often the sort who would play chicken. . . .

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