I give you seven things I love to see in books because who needs even round numbers!! FULL DISCLOSURE: I sometimes like to see a lot of things in books that are already out there. AND THAT’S BECAUSE I LIKE THEM. Obviously.
This doesn’t ONLY mean fae, or elves, or whatever you want to call them. I LOVE ALL NON-HUMAN CREATURES EQUALLY. Like nymphs, and dragons and mermaids, and unicorns and minotaur, and dwarves, and fairies, and made up creatures, and yes also elves. I love elves. All kinds of elves because I can. But seriously. I NEED MORE OF THAT. But in actual sadness I can’t really think of many books other than Everything SJM Ever and Lord of the Rings that have elves and other magical non-human beings in them. So if you know of any PLEASE DO SHARE BECAUSE I HAVE NEEDS.
2. Non-Suppressed Women
Can’t there be a fantasy world out there where girls ACTUALLY rule the world? I like to feature the ‘human world’ as being dominated by men (I wonder why that is my tendency…), and my fairy world, or other world, or WHATEVER is almost always a Queendom. Because Queens are awesome.* But honestly, even I am guilty of having to consciously not suppress women in my books. What is with that please and thank you???
*Obviously, because I am a Queen.
You can never have enough magic. In any form. I personally am obsessed with elemental magics. But any old magic will do. I also love it when characters have Shadow magic Insert Heart Eyes Here. Think Mia Corvere and Azriel (silently gushing over here because LWUOEHOSLIJFEIHAIUHEFLIEUF).
4. Characters With Actual Passions
Nothing makes a character more relatable than having something they are passionate about, or a hobby. Make a character play the saxophone, the cello, the piano. Make them love to read, to write. Make them an artist, make them love to do their makeup, or their hair, make them ANYTHING BUT BLAND.
5. Make Them Real
A Real character for me would be one who has flaws. Not just perfectly beautiful with ever-shining golden floor length hair. Make them insecure. Make them doubt themselves from time to time. Make them have horrible things happen in their past that damage them and make them terrified of something. Give them stumpy fingers, or a fat nose, or limp not-quite-blond hair (because that is me haha). Make them short, or plump or weirdly tall. Give them acne, or eczema. Give them SOMETHING that makes them more palpable, more Real.
6. Make Them Struggle
Not everyone had a perfect childhood with loving parents that always got along splendidly. My parents got divorced when I was 8 because my father did some horrible things to us. As a result of this I struggle with depression, anxiety, I hate the way I look, I find it extremely difficult to be in social situations, I am very emotional. Not everyone is able to be stone cold in the face of horrible situations, or always makes the right, rational decision.
7. Not ‘Gifted’
I don’t know about you, but I don’t pick up a new hobby or skill and three days later I’m amazing at it. Like using weapons. Or learning magic (SHH I KNOW MAGIC. I DO). Or, you know, dancing, or whatever. But it seems like in a lot of books they are like ‘Oh you must learneth this Incredibly Difficult Skill that no one has yet to fully master in order to defeat the Evil’ and then literally a week later they’re like ‘Welp, your time is up, looks like you’ve mastered it pretty well tho! Good job, now go get ’em!’ And then they do perfectly. #NO.
What about you?? Are there things that you don’t see enough of in books that you want more of??? OR. Do you have things you see too much of in books that you are tired of seeing? Tell me all!