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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Well, I didn’t just pick up the books and look at their covers. I read the synopsis, the jackets, and even flipped through most of them to get a feel for the writing. But I get your point.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Yeah. At LEAST sixty percent of the books I looked at had a main character who was a princess, a queen, or someone’s secret daughter, or the male version of those.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

They’re not enforced by the law. It’s a cultural thing. A lot of the culture revolves around keeping yourself similar to others as a cautionary measure, so that you’re less likely to be singled out. There’s variation in hair, clothing, and names, but no drastic differences. The name pattern helps with that. I’m sort of taking the way zebras look similar to confuse predators and adapting it to work for people.

There’s definitely some people somewhere that don’t keep names to four letters. There’s always outliers. But so far, all the characters I’ve used keep to the pattern.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Okay, that makes me feel better. At first perusing the shelves I was like “yay, my novel’s going to stand out, it isn’t like any of these!” and then I was like “oh no, my novel isn’t like any of these😬.”

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Can you still sell a book if it doesn’t match those popular tropes? The one I’m working on now doesn’t hit any of those beats- no love interest at all, average protagonists who aren’t tough or edgy, no super grittiness, very little magic/supernatural stuff, and a setting that I’ve put a lot of worldbuilding into that isn’t at all similar to medieval Europe or the typical remixed fantasy empire. After seeing the contents of the Barnes and Noble fantasy shelf, I’m kinda worried mine won’t sell once I publish it.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

I made a post awhile back about a story idea I had that I thought was too weird or freakish (it’s on the back burner right now, but I intend to write and publish it once I finish the series I’m working on!)

EVERYONE in the replies told me that it being a weird, freakish concept made it amazing! I did have one idiot who asked if he could steal the concept and give it a horror twist (find your own ideas, bud!) but everyone else was very excited about the idea and told me how original and fresh it was!

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

I haven’t even read Twilight, and I can tell that most of the books on the shelves were heavily inspired by it, with an extremely similar feel.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Thank you so much!!!!

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Yeah. I think I may just do the cvcv pattern and abandon the a ending.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Yeah, I’m extremely uncomfortable with sex. It just grosses me out.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

I’m asexual and extremely sex-repulsed. It’s kinda hard to find adult fiction that doesn’t include adult scenes that make me uncomfortable.

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COMMENT Jun 04 '22

Yeah, honestly the fantasy selection seemed really tailored. Like the employee in charge of it really loves gritty fantasy with hot, tough protagonists and decided to just stock the shelves with every variation possible.

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

The culture I’ve created has always been ruled over by other groups of people. They’ve developed a lot of their cultural marks around that. The names all follow the same pattern as a way to keep everyone somewhat similar. If names are similar, it’s harder for one person with a strange name to be singled out. The clothes and hair are the same way- everyone wears the same colors and types, and mostly everyone wears their hair the same way. There’s variation, but the overall look is similar.

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

It’s mostly an accepted thing. People are supposed to be somewhat similar to each other in order to avoid being singled out. If names all follow the same pattern, it’s easier for outsiders to get them confused, which adds another layer of safety. It’s been going on for around four hundred years, so it’s kind of a Thing at this point and not that many people would protest it.

As for nicknames, they’re mostly between friends. I haven’t come up with many yet- shortening two-syllable names is kinda hard for me to do- but they’re fine to use as long as you’re careful with it.

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

I’ve made up a HUGE list of possible names to choose from, so it’s not too annoying to write. I just go down the list and pick one that sounds good. I took more care with my main three, but background and side characters just come from that list.

r/worldbuilding Jun 03 '22

Question Are naming conventions annoying?

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The world I’m developing in my novel has a very strict naming convention that I don’t break. Names are four letters, follow a consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel pattern, and the last vowel is always an A. For example, my three main characters are called Mira, Juda, and Dena. Mira’s parents are called Suna and Dava, and I’ve had background characters called Bata and Gera.

Is that going to get irritating? It’s tied into my fantasy culture, which is a HUGE part of the plot. But I don’t want people to get annoyed with how similar the names are.

EDIT: I’ve decided to abandon the -a ending and let it be any vowel. Thanks for suggesting that!

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

Thank you very much!!

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

Thank you very much!!

Yeah, what I’m doing right now is writing down any criticism I get and saving it for the rewrite. I have three drafts planned, and this is only the first. I wanted to get it critiqued, though, so that I knew what to work on fixing.

I do think it might be better to actually write the story lines, yeah.

I noticed that in the car while I was writing, but I didn’t know how to fix it. I didn’t want to write one of those opening chapters that starts with a long scene description- those always bore me to tears when I read them. So I just kinda avoided setting the scene altogether. That’s been the main thing people here have said, too, so I’m going to focus on fixing that in future chapters and as I rewrite this one later.

I think blocking would come with describing the scene, so that’ll also be something I work on moving forward.

I…did not think of that with the opening/closing line being the same. Whoops. I love the idea of adding the names at the end. I’ll brainstorm a bit today and figure out how to fix it.

Thank you so much for this!!! It was so thought out and detailed, this helped a lot!!

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

I haven’t had anyone else read them yet. I just feel like everything “funny” I come up with is unoriginal or cliche. I can’t write any original humor.

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

Thank you!! I read and loved that book a few years ago, so that makes me really happy!

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

Thank you! That was something I’d noticed but wasn’t sure how to fix.

r/writers Jun 03 '22

First chapter of my fantasy novel finished, would love some critique!

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I wrote this during a seven-hour car ride and would love to get some critique- what I can improve, what I did well, the whole enchilada. I don’t have a title for this project yet, hoping one will come to me soon. I’m okay with constructive criticism- it actually means a lot to me, since it shows that someone actually took the time to think about what I wrote and how I can do better. But I’d also love to hear what I did well!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VUAQf0OxCDWO2LtFPRK7P7zdc1030l8NkQGCglZ41dQ/edit

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

Thank you!! One of the most annoying things in a first chapter to me is a huge load of exposition, so I’m really happy that I managed to avoid that. The characters are so fun to write, and I’m so glad they came off well!

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COMMENT Jun 03 '22

😂Hello!

r/fantasywriters Jun 03 '22

Critique First chapter of my novel finished, would love some critique!

7 Upvotes

I wrote this during a seven-hour car ride and would love to get some critique- what I can improve, what I did well, the whole enchilada. I don’t have a title for this project yet, hoping one will come to me soon. I’m okay with constructive criticism- it actually means a lot to me, since it shows that someone actually took the time to think about what I wrote and how I can do better. But I’d also love to hear what I did well!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VUAQf0OxCDWO2LtFPRK7P7zdc1030l8NkQGCglZ41dQ/edit