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The Fantasy Genre / The Hero/Heroine Trope Discussion
« Last post by Jedi Knight Muse on Today at 11:13:19 AM »
Okay, so I figured we could start with one of the obvious tropes: the hero/heroine.



Buffy, Luke Skywalker, Jon Snow, Harry Potter...they all have one thing in common: none of them ever wanted to be a hero. Buffy just wanted to be a cheerleader. Luke wanted to get off of Tatooine, but it's doubtful he ever thought he'd be blowing up the Death Star and become a Jedi. Jon Snow just wanted to be someone, which meant joining the Brothers of the Night's Watch. Harry Potter literally says, "I can't be a wizard. I'm...just...Harry. Just Harry!" He was content to being emotionally abused by his aunt and uncle for the rest of his life until Hagrid showed up and changed his life.

What other hero/heroine examples can you think of in literature, film, and any other media?
Who are your favorite hero/heroine characters?
What about your projects- who are the hero/heroine characters of YOUR stories?


My current project doesn't really have an obvious hero at the moment...that's partially because I didn't set it up with "the hero's journey," partially because I never thought of Arris and Merek being heroes, partially because I don't think I have anything planned in the project that actually makes them heroes, really....at least not at the moment.

I honestly don't know if I can think of any past projects that really have a character who was meant to be a hero. Hm.
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Machiavellian is the one Kate put up today, so we can do that one too. Aka Littlefinger esque characters :P

Yeah, I saw that post, too, and thought the same thing. :D

We just need to choose a topic and...post it. :P
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The Fantasy Genre / Re: Character archetypes and fantasy tropes discussions
« Last post by Sheepy-Pie on June 21, 2017, 03:36:55 PM »
Machiavellian is the one Kate put up today, so we can do that one too. Aka Littlefinger esque characters :P
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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« Last post by Tyrannohotep on June 21, 2017, 03:25:43 PM »

Deinotherium is a genus of prehistoric elephant relatives that roamed Africa and Eurasia between the Miocene and early Pleistocene epochs (10-1 million years ago). They grew even larger than modern elephant species, with the biggest weighing up to 15 tons, and their tusks would have curved downward from the end of the lower jaw (they might have come in handy for stripping bark from trees for food).


My swordswoman character (whom I am calling Ankheti for the time being) is hauling a very large khopesh sword. This doodle came to mind after I was looking at character art from the Final Fantasy games, wherein the characters wield these huge-ass swords and other weapons. Although compared to some of those behemoths, what Ankheti is carrying here might be almost practical.
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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« Last post by Tyrannohotep on June 20, 2017, 05:56:02 PM »

The saber-toothed cat Smilodon fatalis prowls a forest of giant sequoia trees in prehistoric California. It's not a backdrop you often see in sabertooth art, but since we know that Smilodon populations lived in California, I think it plausible some some might have hunted around the state's famous redwood trees.


This is a portrait of the princess Amenirdis, who was a daughter of King Kashta of Kush. After her brother Pitye conquered Egypt, she served as a God's Wife of Amun (the highest rank of priestess) between 714 and 700 BC. She was actually the first of two Kushite high priestesses to have the name Amenirdis, the second one being her niece Shepenupet's own niece.

This is one of those portraits I started out drawing before I knew who it was going to be in the end. That happens to me quite often, actually; I'll set out to draw a random woman before I settle on a particular theme or identity for her. However, this time I was inspired by the gorgeous South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech (queenkim_nyakim on Instagram), even if the resemblance between her and my portrayal of Amenirdis might not appear so obvious now.
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First Time / Re: The Arrow ~Jcink~
« Last post by Felicity Smoak on June 20, 2017, 04:59:20 PM »
Bumping 2 1/2 years later and we are still going. Come on by and pick up a canon, a wanted ad or create an OC of your own. We can't wait to see you there.
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Beta Readers Society / Re: List of Current Beta Readers!
« Last post by Jedi Knight Muse on June 20, 2017, 04:11:17 PM »
I've added the following people to the list:

@rkcapps, @BluFenix, @LillyRayne, @MarthaBechtel, @Pandemonium @Spookykat and @justaddnoise1985 

Please let me know if you've been placed into a category you don't want to be in and I'll fix it!
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Writing Discussion & Questions / Re: I will get round to it one day...
« Last post by Jedi Knight Muse on June 20, 2017, 03:21:10 PM »
What do you usually do when you procrastinate?

How do you keep yourself focused during writing sessions?

Pretty much doing what I'm doing now/will probably be doing:

-Trying to figure out a plot for a writing challenge response so that I can actually write it, but have no ideas for
-Probably deciding to watch a movie instead of working on Storms of Magic or trying to figure out what I can write for said writing challenge.
-I check Facebook constantly, play Words with Friends...I browse Reddit sometimes...

Umm...if I'm in the mood to write and know that I can get into the right groove for writing, that helps me keep focused for at least a little bit until I get too tired and have to go to bed. Sometimes.
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Writing Discussion & Questions / Re: I will get round to it one day...
« Last post by Silver on June 20, 2017, 02:46:34 PM »
I admit, I am a terrible procrastinator. Not just with writing, but with pretty much everything I don't feel like doing.

I browse the internet. I play online games. Often I will find an excuse to get up (drink, toilet, dogs need to go out) and just wander aimlessly around the house for a while.
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Writing Discussion & Questions / I will get round to it one day...
« Last post by Silver on June 20, 2017, 02:42:07 PM »
What do you usually do when you procrastinate?

How do you keep yourself focused during writing sessions?
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