Thursday, 7 January 2016
Get Away From My Fantasy
All in all, I'm still hellbent on getting these novels out.
Not particularly because I want to be a writer - I've never actually had that as my focus. I just need to do SOMETHING with these ideas pouring out of me. They're as compelling as they are out-of-this-world. Perhaps only I will be the person who'll ever like them, but I have to get them out.
In addition, I love reading, and reading books always makes me consider new things, which in turn causes inspiration to burst all around me.
But then I come across those other books. You know. The cringy romances. The YA books that makes you want to die with their stupidity. The books that make me cringe, or the ones that make me furious, or the ones that make me think, with a sigh, 'How did this even get published?' And that deflates my eagerness a little bit. It worries me that my peers could be idiots. It worries me that my fans could be idiots. It also bugs me that idiocy is only a matter of context and that everybody else could be geniuses (geni-i? I've always wondered about that.) and maybe I'm the idiot. Now I just want to sit on the floor, eat ice-cream and complain.
What do I want?
I have hundreds of ideas floating as digital and physical notes. I have dozens of snippets, short stories, novels and fics on my hard drive. I want to turn them into a statement of my values and a critique of the things I see around me that are tragic, or incredible, offensive, or bizarre - but within an acute fantasy context, because so many fantasy novels lack a certain depth that would allow the reader to relate to the characters. It's odd that only a few authors I've come across have truly grasped it, and I can immediately tell the difference when I read. I want to stop feeling irritated at all of the other authors who take fantasy and then misappropriate it, commercialise it or complicate it, because what they do isn't really any of my business and I don't own the fantasy genre any more than the next person.
Basically, I want to contribute to fantasy. I hope I can do the genre justice.
Ashana Lian .
P.S. The watercolour cat above is a two-minute doodle I did with pencils.
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