Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I guess we've all heard that old saying and perhaps we followed the superstition for our own weddings. I was thinking how my writing has been influenced by JRR Tolkien.
Something old in my fantasies is a common theme in the fantasy genre. An old war re-ignited after centuries. An old enemy awakens to once more create havoc on a population unprepared to meet that which they thought defeated.
The new comes in with the causes of the war, the uniqueness of the enemy, and the world I create in which the battles will take place. The personal and physical problems my protagonists must overcome have to be different enough to catch the interest of fantasy readers who have indulged in all the classic series.
I haven't borrowed Tolkien's plots or stories, but certainly my fantasy novels follow the pattern of most epic fantasy novels as set down by the master. Good versus evil in a battle for the world. Hero stepping forward from the ranks of common men to save the day.
Every epic fantasy has battles and deadly confrontations. A good story jerks at the heart strings and hopefully brings a tear. As an author, I make sure there is something blue in my novels or in other words, 'someone is going to die.'
I figured out as I wrote this post that I am married to my writing. The hours I spend on it certainly put some truth to that idea.
Do you have an old saying you can compare your writing to? Do you make sure there's something blue in your stories?