What is Fantasy?
You will need to digitally publish and present a 500 word Fantasy story
Fantasy stories contain one or more of the following elelments:
Our reader first meets our potential hero in his natural place in the world up to now. Typically it is a happy and harmonious place like a village or town.
This is where everything begins to change. Something beckons our character into action or into adventure. Typically something terrible has happened or will happen if action isn't taken.
This isn't a mandatory step but it often happens and for a variety of reasons. Our character may be immature, too young, frightened, insecure, or simply happy with his life exactly the way it is. Why am I the one being summoned here? is a common response. I am no hero, surely there is a real hero out there that can handle this.
After our hero has committed to doing the quest a mentor will appear and offer help. Sound like Gandalf?
The adventure actually begins. Our potential hero takes the steps and leaves the comfort of his current life and moves out into the adventure.
These are the challenges and trials that our hero faces along the way. Often time these trials come in threes.
This is the big test, often time it is the lowest point or darkest time that our hero faces. It is often needed to break through and become the hero or new self.
The mentor or wise one returns and new lessons are taught that enable our hero to continue on with the journey.
Wisdom that has been gained is brought back and used to benefit.
Here the hero confronts and defeats old enemies with the new power and knowledge gained. He is able to overthrow or defeat the opponent.
This can be a real resurrection or a metaphorical one where the hero is reborn into a new and more capable self, now a better and new person able to accomplish more.
This is the achievement of the goal of the quest. It can be an actual object like an elixir, potion or medicine which typically grants immortality. Or it can mean an achievement of balance between the spiritual and material worlds. The hero feels the freedom to live without the fear of death.
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