Sword & Sorcery: "An earthier sort of fantasy" discussion

Writing, Crafting Dark Fantasy > fraud and magic

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message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary Catelli | 736 comments What would come of a fraudulent magician learning real magic?


Come to think of it, are there out and out frauds in sword & sorcery?

message 2: by Jason M (new)

Jason M Waltz (worddancer) | 314 comments Nice shout-out to Willow!

message 3: by Mary (new)

Mary Catelli | 736 comments He's the only sleight of hand artist who became a genuine wizard that I've run across in fantasy. Except for the Wizard of Oz himself.

message 4: by A.R. (new)

A.R. | 78 comments I think it would depend on quite a few variables. (In story) The two main variables being the character learning the magic and the magic itself. (Outside story) The variable would be what tale or themes the authors is trying to write about.

For instance, how long does it take to become skilled at magic?

If it takes years, would the con man be patient enough to become a skilled magic user or would he try to take a shortcut and improve his cons with the little bit he learned?

What external or internal pressures are at work in the story?

Con man must learn magic to save the world versus con man must learn magic to improve his cons would lead to totally different stories, characters, and situations.

message 5: by Mary (new)

Mary Catelli | 736 comments Of course, a con man learning magic to save world hands the writer the problem of why he's doing it -- what's in it for him. It's not a character to whom it would come spontaneously.

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