are were my best friends, now I’m just very fussy.
My last post talked about rep in fantasy books vs contemporary books and I realised while I was writing that post, that damn I’m actually really picky about fantasy books / what I want to see in them.
I just have very high expectations I think? Fabulous, honestly.
I’ve read TWO fantasy books recently (Carry On (still recovering), and an ARC: Prodigy Prince (worldbuilding!!)) when usually most of my reads would be fantasy?!
I think that I have these huge phases where fantasy is all that I can love and then BOOM— I don’t want anything to do with it because I can’t find it as magical as it was before.
And I think that as I read fantasy books my expectations just go up and up and up and up until that’s-it-nothing-is-good-anymore-when-they’re-actually-amazing.
So yeah let’s talk about my super high expectations at the moment.
This is a whopper. And, if I’m honest, one of the biggest reasons why I’m not reading as much fantasy at the moment. There’s a huge LACK of LGBTQ diversity in the fantasy genre (which I ranted about furiously in my last post) which makes me retreat into other genres…
- Carry On (I’m dead, ok?)
- The Mortal Instruments (I ship so much) / The Dark Artifices (KIERAN!!)
- The Raven Cycle (nothing makes me happier (apart from maybe cake))
- Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom (wesperforeverbye)
and… I can’t think of any others that I’ve read.
I just don’t know why it’s so hard to incorporate rep?!?! LIKE PHULEASE. I will cry on you.
2. ACTION FROM THE START.
Can we just start the book in the middle?! I think that it would be WAY more interesting. Then you have to figure out all the boring—sorry, I mean informative—backstory and BOOM. Infinitely more interesting.
Sometimes with Fantasy Books™ nothing really happens that quickly bc it’s all the characters plotting how they’re gonna do things and all their lil opinions and I’m just here like???? I will nOT remember any of this anyway???? so why not just throw me???? into the drama???? already????
3. 1000 BATTLES… THAT I CAN ACTUALLY FOLLOW ALONG WITH.
Is it just me that gets super confused with battle scenes?? I JUST THINK YES YES THIS SCENE AND DGKGKN STABBED JHNHKD SO AWESOME... and then ten seconds later 100 characters are dead and I don’t know how?!
Some I can follow along with, eg: “GJGN punched GNGN and GNGN fell.”
Any more detail than that juicy description? ABANDON FREAKING SHIP.
But battle scenes are actually amazing?!?! And I love them?!?!?! BUT HELP ME UNDERSTAND!! I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE CAKE YOU DESIRE!!
4. MAYBE NOT 4375 CHARACTERS?
Is it just me who can not—for the life of them—remember who anyone is up until the last, maybe, 20 pages???
And yeah?? I’m sure they’re important?? But do I remember them?? NOPE.
It’s like all the important things just?? don’t stick?? tho this could be me talking about anything if I’m honest.
The main character?? who is that??
If I’m honest though, the books that have fewer characters I enjoy more?? Because they’re more developed?? FOR EXAMPLE CARRY ON… 2 main characters, 2 friends. BAM. I understand this. The Raven Cycle? 5 characters—and that’s just about okay with my brain to register.
5. NAMES THAT I CAN ACTUALLY SAY, THANKS.
You know, what makes you sound even more insane when rambling over a book and start to hyperventilate? BEING UNABLE TO SAY—OR SPELL—THE CHARACTERS NAMES THAT YOU’RE SHRIEKING ABOUT.
Then again… you could, in Typical Lu Fashion, just forget all their names like I do and call them Goodie 1, Goodie 2, Goodie 3, Baddie 1, Baddie 2.
Do some authors LITERALLY just dnhldrkl on their keyboards and then make a name out of it?
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO READ THAT IN MY HEAD? HUH?? DID YOU THINK OF THAT, YOU MEAN CREATURES? PROBABLY DID IT ON PURPOSE!
No… I am definitely not salty about this…
In my opinion, there just isn’t enough stabbing, and shooting and DEATH.
Yes, I want casualties on every page, and those casualties to not just be my heart. Actually, can we just have some more morally grey “goodies” that don’t always do the right thing?
I feel like they’re all so “good” and… it’s like… you?? are?? so?? righteous?? how?? I think that’s why I love SoC so much because Kaz Brekker is not afraid to just beat someone to death with a stick. Ohhh and Laila Bard from ADSOM. So stabtacular.
I JUST LOVE STABBY MURDER (in books). I think that it’s so much better that way??? It just IS.
7. MORE MASTERMINDS, PLEASE.
(I’m talking SoC/CK genius)
I want that MASTER PLAN. I want that plan so thought out, they just kick everyone’s ass. I want BRILLIANCE. I want DECEPTION. I want EXPLOSIONS. And I want it NOW.
(Basically, I’m just asking for 10000 books just like SoC. Blame Kaz Brekker)
Sorry, not sorry. Really clever, morally grey gang members, with unending sass, and great fashion, will always win over my heart. (it’s not even a competition, I’ll just throw it at them, and I’ll do so gladly).
THEY’RE JUST BRILLIANT. BYE.
What do you ask for from fantasy? Let me know that I’m not the only one with super high expectations? Lol, I actually love fantasy I’m just,, me. Anyone know any really gay fantasy books that I need to read? (plsplspls)