Thanks to the pesky insect called the Aedes mosquito, it has been a while since my last update. Honestly? I am not in a writing mood and would prefer to waste my holiday away with Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. However, I think I owe it to myself to get a bit of writing done so that I could get back into the swing of things sooner rather than later. Today, I am doing some quick reviews/reflections of my favourite fantasy/sci-fi stories/shows and pick out the elements that I think are worth taking inspiration from. I am going to avoid the big favourites, such as Harry Potter and Avatar because they’ve been overdone.
Warning: There may or may not be spoilers for the mentioned series!
1) The Promised Neverland – Anime/Manga – Available Gogoanime
The Promised Neverland tells the story of a trio of friends (and more) in a world led by man-eating monsters. I think it is intriguing because, while there is a clear power imbalance, the humans manage to use their smarts to gain a couple of wins. I think there is always some joy in watching the underdogs win. Also, another aspect I like is how thought-provoking it is, particularly on the topic of when it comes to farming animals for their meat. If an author can bring in some real-life concerns into their work of fiction, it adds a certain layer of realism that a typical story wouldn’t have.
2) The Dragon Prince – Animated Series – Available on Netflix (Singapore)
Avatar fans would have heard of this series as the same directors made it. I am not sure why but I tend to like the later seasons in each of their works. Perhaps it is because they spend quite a bit of time building up the world first? In any case, similar to the Avatar series, there is a strong use of ‘elements’ in the Dragon Prince. This is also seen in their races, such as night elves and sun elves. Personally, I am not a big fan of alternative races such as giants, dwarfs, etc. However, I am keen on weaving elements into my story in a different way. I think it is useful to have classification systems in fantasy stories as it helps the reader to understand how the world works.
3) Shinsekai Yori / From the New World – Japanese Novel / Anime – Available on GogoAnime
I’ve watched the anime and read the manga. I do NOT recommend the manga as it is basically spoiled with hentai. Anyways, what I find intriguing about this world is how KIDS are seen as the biggest threat to the human species. In addition, the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where human society seems to have taken several steps back in terms of modernization. It tells a story of children growing up and learning how the world isn’t as beautiful as it appeared to be on the surface. It is also a story of loss, which is heart-wrenching to a degree.
In conclusion, there appear to be many ways to hook a reader onto a story. This is despite the fact that there appears to be a general formula to how a hero’s story progresses. These are most definitely aspects to story-writing that I will revisit as I craft my own. 🙂