Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fascination with Fantasy



At present I am reading a children's fantasy novel, Mister Monday, written by Garth Nix. It is the first in a series titled, The Keys to the Kingdom.

Over the last few months I have been trying to find an author who writes the same type of book I am about to embark on. When I think I find a good one, I discover a dark realm to it that I don't want to dove into.

However, I accidently came across one that the wikepedia quotes, "appears to contain many examples of religious symbolism and references, particularly in Judeo-Christian tradition." So I decided to take a chance and get it.

So far I have come across two things that I didn't think were appropriate to put in a children's book. But it is well written, entertaining, and has some Biblical depictions.

I am enjoying it, and feel that it is preparing me for the upcoming nanowrimo novel that I plan to write.

It appears that bookstores are filled with books of fantasy for children. My life long dream has never been to write this kind of book. However, I feel a great need for a book of this type with a strong moral underlay, and achieving this without the center of witchcraft portrayed to be good if it's used for good.

So I have been busy outlining, time-lining, and character defining these last few days in preparation. I am very exciting. I have had this idea for months and wasn't planning on touching it until I felt better qualified to write a novel. So here is to, The Defender's Key, ready or not, here it comes!



4 comments:

  1. Hey Christine. I believe there is an upsurge in fantasy partly from the success of Harry Potter but also because of the Narnia movies and some of the fantasy-type TV shows that are out there now. There is something appealing to children about other worlds being just around the corner.

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  2. Well I'm impressed that you are preparing! All I have is a concept and one character - no, 2 characters. Oh and a title. Hang onto your hats!

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  3. Ah, but Lora, that's the beauty of NaNoWriMo, you don't have to have anything but a keyboard and internet connection to upload your word count. You don't even need one character. Just a title and 50,000 words. Did you know that if you just started typing the words to count you would get to 50,000 before you even got to "fifty thousand".

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