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Restoring The Troll Trope - Solutions Regarding the Use of Tropes in Modern Fantasy

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:53 PM

Concepts and Solutions Regarding the Use of Tropes in New Fantasy Fiction
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Using the Rowling "Harry Potter" approach, you create a really sympathetic underdog character and highly imaginative events with great unpredictable narrative and writing while introducing more characters who are unique in their own way, endearing to the reader, and all the while as mysteries writhe and itch beneath the surface. You get all that going, the reader absolutely gripped, then introduce the trope (such as a roving killer troll) in a circumstance that can't help but create immediate concern ...

Which tropes must you employ in fantasy fiction vs. those you must reconsider, and perhaps discard or alter? What techniques might an unknown writer use to avoid overdone-to-a-char tropes and create a competitive fantasy fiction novel that trumps the slush pile?

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