Question: "High" concepts in Fantasy

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 1 20:49:59 EST 2003


--- Jon Noble <jon_p_noble at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I will add my own proposal;
> 
> Secondary Worldliness
> set in our world = 1 point
> set in a world nearly ours = 2 points
> set in a variant of ours (eg alternate history = 3
> pts
> our world and a secondary world = 4 points
> set in a secondary world entirely = 5 points
> secondary world with maps = 6 points
> seconday world + maps + made up language = 7 points
> bonus points for extra maps and languages
> 
> Scale of the story
> a family affair = 1 point
> set only in a local community = 2 points
> events affect a whole country = 3 points
> events affect the world = 5 points
> events affect the universe = 6 points
> and if time is also at threat = 7 points
> 
> Good v. evil
> everyone is very nice = 1 point
> bad animals/beings follow own incination (eg
> dragons)=2
> a villian, but still human (eg criminal mastermind)
> =
> 3
> non human/undead villian = 4
> Hitler/Saddam Hussein type megalomaniac  = 5
> true evil darklord = 6
> The very antithesis of evrything nice = 7
> 
> Significance of magic to story
> Hardly noticed = 1 point
> incidental = 2 points
> down to
> Everyone has magic and its vital = 5 points
> 
> Bonus points
> each cliche from Tough Guide = 1 point (but no extra
> points for the same cliche repeated)
> Every 500 pages or part thereof = 1 point
> 
> Add all points together, anything with more than 20
> points is High Fantasy, Less than 5 points is Low
> Fantasy, Anything inbetween is probably worth
> reading
> :)
> 

A further thought; as High Fantasy takes itself
seriously, deduct 1 point for each joke, 2 points if
they are funny

Jon

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