October 29th, 2008

Our themes

If you're famous, skip to paragraph two. If you're not famous, pretend you are for a moment. People lounging about in exquisite bohemian couture and sipping convoluted, unpronounceable coffee drinks are discussing your work. What might they find it all has in common?

Tad Williams is my favorite author; I won't describe why because there's not enough space on the Internet, but suffice it to say he should probably have a restraining order. Williams likes wise midgets, rebellious princesses, crippled princes, wars with people who used to own the land on which the main character grew up, and meandering through really cool scenery like graveyards and neverending houses. He uses these common elements in different ways in different projects. I am fascinated.

I never really thought about mine before until a few years ago when criada pointed out that I have an obsession with drowning demons. Since then, I've noticed more as I've written more. So here are more elements I often use in my stories:
  • Powerful tricksters who use their excess influence for whimsy rather than the benefit (or detriment) of average people
  • Romanticism (it shows up on its own--I don't TRY for it)
  • Giant, male, black characters on the side of Good who throw projectiles at alarming speeds (I don't know.)
  • Sarcastic narrators
  • Implements, devices, and architecture constructed with biological bases, either living or dead
  • Characters whose luxury problems are supplanted by real problems
  • Gods who aren't quite as omnipotent as we could wish
  • The sea
  • ETA! Princes of ______. There's often a Prince of Something Or Other, either as a real title or a nickname
  • ETA #2: Networks of caves, usually with at least one exit into a large body of water

What are yours? (You don't necessarily have to answer with writing... Paintings? Beadwork? Knitting? Intricate tapestries that take you ten years each?)