Here is another example of magical fantasy series that comes from England, English fairy tales, and filled with the feeling of streets of London.
First thing I’ve noticed the bright graphics of the series. That certainly grabs attention. Second, it’s a fairly large series with 7 books just of the main plot, then additional series, add-on books with characters, histories, its own website, maps, even character cards. The only thing missing is probably lack of connection to the real-life world.
I had a strange experience with this book as I really did not like the settings, my attention wasn’t there at the beginning, I didn’t like the system of magic, nor the characters. So I only kept reading to learn writing. However, to my surprise, closer to the end it turned out to be very interesting book, with great emotional involvement. At the very end I felt a bit bored again but nonetheless all the characters became dear to me and if entertainment was my goal I would probably got the rest of the books from the series to read.
Here is a list of things I’ve noticed while reading fantasy books that for my taste would improve your writing:
- write about topics that you already know or willing to take time to learn
- grab reader’s attention and try to keep it during the whole book
- awesome add-ons: humor and write about the feelings of your characters
- happy-end adds a nice after-taste for any book
- include some real-life meaning, food for thought, help your readers to become better people
- a well-developed world, system of magic, characters really help you as a writer to stay out of boo-boos like contradicting yourself or describing events that are not possible, or illogical. I guess if you are starting to write it is easiest to take real-world people and make characters out of them.
- include spontaneous, non-logical events, change the rules of the world on the fly, let your characters act on their own without your control
- base your story on something greater like folklore – like Loki’s Wolfs based their story on Scandinavian mythology
- connect your story to real-life: create tasks that readers can do in real life
- show how your main hero progresses, improves his character, becomes a better person, solves problems