The freedom of the fantasy writer over other genres

@irishidid (8535)
United States
January 11, 2010 7:49am CST
Up for debate-Fantasy is the only genre that has no restrictions or rules the writer must follow. Anything goes in fantasy. Do you believe this to be true or that rules have been placed in fantasy and who is more responsible for those rules. The writers who only follow one formula or the readers who only expect one formula?
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• United States
15 Jan 10
I think for the most part, writing fantasy fiction has the least restrictions. If you are creating your own world than there is close to NONE. Although if the story you write coincides with a story that someone else has written the restrictions are even more so. I use fantasy writing to GO WILD then I usually get ahold of myself and write something more true to life. I do not like when people CHANGE classic RULES. Like Vampire, Werewolf rules as in Twilight. I didn't mind the sparkle effect as much because the story wouldn't make nearly as much sense. But still if you are going to write a Vampire story stick to the classic rules. I know most wouldn't classify Vampire's as fantasy but it was the best example I could come up with at this moment. :o) - Tony
• United States
15 Jan 10
Well I guess I can't use the Vampire as an example.. Because I do like John Carpenter's vision of vampires too. I am interested to read your writing. Is your novel in print? When the next one gets done be sure to let us all know!
• United States
15 Jan 10
AShraderJr, her first book, Kickshaw Candies is in print, you can get it from Amzon. I'm reading it now and I love it, you should check it out!
• United States
15 Jan 10
Thank You! You can call me Tony. Well really everyone is allowed to call me Tony. :o)
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• United States
12 Jan 10
I wouldn't agree that Fantasy has no restrictions or rules. Since there are essential bits to make it a fantasy story. Also there really are no restrictions when it comes most genres. Your creativity can make anything change and alter, there is no need to use a formula. Many writers do use a set formula and do nothing else, but I think it comes off as bad writing.
@irishidid (8535)
• United States
12 Jan 10
But isn't the writer of say a paranormal romance more apt to have to use rules than a fantasy writer? Even a paranormal novel has to follow certain rules. As a fantasy writer I can create a creature that's never been seen before. I can get away with anything in the realm of fantasy. Is the writer of another genre able to do that?
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@AdalieM (1135)
• United States
12 Apr 11
I think the writer has the right to chose his characters and evolve the story anyway the writer wishes. That's the beauty about writing, the writer is in total control of the story, there are no boundaries when it comes to writing. The readers can be blown away by the stories, it doesn't matter what you are writing. Writers can cross the line, some people may not like the changes so, what they will be some that will like them.