Limyaael is an English graduate student studying for her Ph.D. In 2003, she decided to express her views on fantasy literature in a rant entitled [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/30956.html Why I get impatient with clichéd fantasy.]] Since then, she has written more rants on her online journal.

Despite the name, Limyaael’s rants are not just for fantasy writers. She also has covered topics that are not limited to fantasy, like dialogue and romance, as well as more general topics like plotting and characterization. One of the features of the journal format is that Limyaael’s commenters also have much to say, from additional facts to opposing viewpoints.

The Rants used to be posted on {{LiveJournal}}, but Limyaael has moved to [=InsaneJournal=]. The Rants originally posted on LJ can still be accessed there, though.

Limyaael’s Fantasy Rants are updated [[http://limyaael.insanejournal.com/ here]]. The archive of Rants can be accessed [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/tag/ here]], and [[http://limyaael.insanejournal.com/480442.html#cutid1 here]], or [[http://coyotecult.com/communities/sfandf_critters/references/limyaael.php here]].

A repository was created [[http://curiosityquills.com/limyaaels-rants/ here]] to collect the scattered articles, but take note that the comments (not found here) are an important part of the original message. (Only 19 extra articles more than the coyotecult archive.)

Limyaael's rants were [[ScheduleSlip scarcely updated]] for a while starting around April 2008. In [[http://www.journalfen.net/users/limyaael/65402.html this post]] she explained the reasons, and the Rants were not updated until she had more free time. They started back up for a little while, then stopped again in May 2010. They have yet to resume as of May 2014.

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!!Tropes Limyaael has specifically ranted about:
* AnachronicOrder: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/357919.html Non-linear narrative rant]]/
* {{Animorphism}} and {{Shapeshifting}}: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/288509.html Shapeshifters]], [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/290393.html shapeshifter societies]] and [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/47942.html blurring the distinction between the "human" part and the "animal part"]].
* AnAdventurerIsYou: {{Averted}} with the [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/266114.html rant on D&D stereotypes]]/
* AntiVillain: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/551157.html Non-villain rant]]/
* ArrangedMarriage: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/437418.html On escaping the arranged marriage trap]]/
* AuthorAvatar: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/450374.html Putting non-obvious bits of yourself in the story/characters]]/
* SoYouWantTo/AvoidWritingAMarySue: Many of her rants are devoted to this.
* BondCreatures: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/180365.html Telcom rant]]/
* ConLang: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/tag/conlangs Conlangs]].
* CreatorsPet: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/tag/author%27s%20darlings Author's Darlings]] [[invoked]].
* CrypticBackgroundReference: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/539688.html Casual worldbuilding]].
* DeathTropes: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/179073.html Death rant]].
* DeusAngstMachina: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/200469.html Rant on abuse of abused characters]].
* DiabolusExMachina: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/499234.html Raining shit on the story and not letting it stink]].
* DreamTropes: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/172176.html Dream rant]].
* EasyAmnesia [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/322254.html Rant on amnesia/amnesiac characters]].
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/451084.html Rant on elemental magic]].
* EvilOverlord: aversion: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/310509.html Rant on creating non-Dark Lord villains]].
* FateAndProphecyTropes: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/132132.html Destiny and prophecies rant]].
* FinalBattle: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/149083.html The final battle]].
** aversion: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/149698.html There are other ways to end a fantasy book than battle]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/483388.html Subtle foreshadowing rant]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/152437.html Half-breed heroes]].
* HappinessInSlavery: Limyaael warns against portraying this in the [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/300814.html Rant on slavery]].
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/570326.html Rant on whores]].
* IdiotBall: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/213893.html And are your characters sane today?]]; also, [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/210353.html Stupid plots rant - Last Herald-Mage spoilers]].
* IdiotPlot: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/441094.html Idiot plots, and how to avoid them]] [[invoked]].
* IKEAErotica: [[http://limyaael.insanejournal.com/427383.html#cutid1 If it’s just Tab A and Slot B, there’s a problem]].
* IneffectualLoner: aversion: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/421560.html Making convincing loner characters]].
* InfoDump: aversion: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/186438.html Avoiding infodumps]].
* LaResistance: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/182857.html Secret groups rant]], which is mostly limited to resistance groups.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/451697.html Rant on handling a large cast of viewpoint characters]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: {{Averted}} with the rant on [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/345153.html Non-bickering, non-love at first sight relationships]].
* LoveTriangle: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/482880.html What it takes to make Limyaael love a love triangle]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/413306.html Limitations on magic rant]].
* MagicAndPowers: [[http://limyaael.insanejournal.com/tag/worldbuilding:+magic Magic rants]].
* {{Mentors}}: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/554442.html Mentor rant]].
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: [[http://limyaael.insanejournal.com/tag/worldbuilding:+medieval Medieval societies]].
** aversions: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/273684.html On stepping out of medieval fantasy parts one]].[[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/275089.html and two]].
* MedievalStasis: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/463451.html Keeping static worlds plausible]].
* MindlinkMates: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/180565.html One of Limyaael's most hated tropes]].
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
** OurDemonsAreDifferent: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/304066.html Demon rant]].
** OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/134532.html Rant on dragons]].
** OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/137511.html The Dwarves' Turn]].
** OurElvesAreBetter: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/136885.html Why Are Elves Always This Way?]] (also covers CantArgueWithElves and MarySuetopia).
** OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/298366.html Ghost rant]].
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/293983.html Vampire rant]].
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/452888.html Rant on non-angsty werewolves]].
* ParodyTropes: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/155678.html Parody fantasy]].
* PetPeeveTrope: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/tag/stupid%20clichés%20rants Stupid cliché rants]] [[invoked]].
* PhysicalGod: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/443419.html Beings of extreme power rant]].
* PsychicPower: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/361455.html Psychic powers rant]].
* PointOfView: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/tag/viewpoint%20rants Viewpoint rants]].
** [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/183735.html Problems and Promises of First-Person Fantasy]].
* QueerAsTropes: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/214314.html Rant on gay and lesbian characters in fantasy]].
* {{Realism}}: Pick a rant, any rant, and odds are it's about adding more realism.
* RefusalOfTheCall: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/466351.html Making good reluctant heroes]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/339854.html Rant on gypsies and nomadic peoples]].
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/173744.html Several]] [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/174456.html rants]] [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/175234.html on]] [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/176379.html grammar]] [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/159641.html and words]].
* SaveBothWorlds: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/456043.html Rant on juxtaposed worlds]].
* ScienceFantasy: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/577404.html Science fiction and fantasy hybrids]].
* SciFiGhetto: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/30956.html Why I get impatient with clichéd fantasy]]. <-- Limyaael's original rant. [[invoked]]
* SexTropes: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/178737.html Sex in fantasy novels]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Averted-[[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/345153.html Non-bickering, non-love at first sight relationships]].
* SociopathicHero: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/465392.html Rant on creating likable bastard characters]]; [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/420559.html Rant on sociopathic characters]].
* StandardFantasySetting: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/181634.html On escaping Tolkien clichés]].
* TakeThat: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/302111.html Fantasy of excess: Rant on Jordan and Goodkind]].
* TheAmazon: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/167123.html Sounds of the jungle]].
* TheEmpire: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/387736.html Writing empires part one]][[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/388795.html and two]].
* TheRunaway: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/158741.html Fantasy teenage runaways]].
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/486481.html Writing a psychotic viewpoint character]].
* TrueCompanions: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/406860.html Rant on friendships]].
* TrueNeutral: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/457449.html Neutral character rant]] [[invoked]].
* TVGenius [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/405720.html Rant on genius characters]].
* TwinTropes: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/467940.html Twins rant]].
* UnreliableNarrator: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/442378.html Showing your viewpoint character as not 100% correct]].
* UrbanFantasy: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/177827.html On urban fantasy]].
* {{Wangst}}: aversion: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/tag/rants%20on%20angst Rants on angst]] [[invoked]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/510750.html Subplot rant]], point 3.
* WingedHumanoid: [[http://limyaael.insanejournal.com/509267.html Rant on winged humanoids]].

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!!Tropes that have been mentioned or discussed on the side while ranting about any of the above topics:
* AlternateHistory: She gave a couple small ideas in [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/383804.html "More things Limyaael thinks would be really cool,"]] with some questions to ponder when answering "what if the South had won [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Civil War]]?"
** She also compares badly-made AlternateHistory to "[[ConLang relexification]]."
* UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest: Outlined almost word-for-word in her [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/378823.html rant on interesting heroines.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Though she didn't use the term, her rant on subtle foreshadowing favors elements that aren't supposed to be noticed the first time around.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Limyaael's rant on dragons notes that if your dragon can breathe fire hot enough to ''melt solid rock'', it's probably going to do more than just "make a hero's jacket smolder" in the process.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Limyaael's rant on D&D gameplay mechanics notes that while many of those rules made perfect sense ''in a gaming environment'', they don't translate well into a narrative environment, if at all. (Seriously, why do those wizards ''need'' to keep memorizing the same spells over and over?)
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Almost any rant about elves, demi-humans, non-humans, etc. will invoke a comparison of the non-human species being in complete and utter harmony with their environment while the humans are hellbent on destroying it.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction / ShapeshiftingSquick: During her rant about half-human heroes, she says that as much as an author wants to just say "[[BellisariosMaxim don't think about it]]" when asked how the "mechanics" of it work, the author is the one person who '''should''' be putting more thought into it than anyone else.
* LanguageEqualsThought: In her rants on conlangs, she makes her opinion clear: language ''influences'' thought, [[{{Subverted}} but doesn't equal thought]].
* {{Magitek}}: Her [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/413306.html limitations on magic rant]] says that this would be the natural consequence in a setting with cheap magic. "If the world has magic, why isn't it that world’s technology?"
* NoPeriodsPeriod: When discussing full-moon-bound werewolves, Limyaael notes that even a woman's monthly period gets better care than full moon werewolf angst. Assuming the author even bothered to think about that, of course.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: {{Discussed}} and ultimately averted. [[invoked]]
-->I prefer strong female characters anyway, by which I mean “female characters who have their own minds and do not spend the whole time obsessed with men, either pining for them or putting them down.” They don’t have to be warriors for me to empathize with them. They can certainly be mothers who love their children fiercely. The most important relationships in their lives can certainly be with men.
* SaidBookism: Discussed in the third grammar rant above. She especially has a problem with tags that don't make sense, like "smiled" and "nodded".
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: The [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/413306.html limitations on magic rant]] explains what it ''really'' takes for magic to be called scientific.
* TailSlap: When discussing dragons, Limyaael notes that the whip of a crocodile's tail packs enough brute force to kill an average human being. So what would a dragon's tail do? "Probably ''not'' cause light wounds."
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: She tends to call it the "Great Misunderstanding Plot."
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: During her rant about "telcoms", Limyaael wonders how a character can just waltz into a town with a telepathic wolf/dragon/whatever by their side and ''nobody'' even bats an eye at it, much less try to chase it out of town or kill it. ''Especially'' when the creature being a telepathic companion is kept secret, and "the hunters have no reason ''not'' to shoot a dangerous beast who shows little fear of humans and is lurking around the village."

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!!Tropes that manifest in the rants themselves
* BerserkButton: Nothing will get Limyaael into rant mode faster than lazy and unoriginal writing.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Limyaael goes into a lot of detail about the reasons ''why'' she despises certain tropes, such as what kind of logical consequences and implications a trope should have on its setting (but doesn't).
* {{Dissimile}}/{{NOT}}: Usually in the form of: "That's totally original. Only not."
* DoubleEntendre: This was to be expected in her rant about sex scenes; Limyaael even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it throughout the post.
* GenreSavvy: Very.
* LemonyNarrator: Limyaael has a very breezy and snarky writing style.
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Telcoms", for "telepathic companion".
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: She's on the cynical end.
* TakeThat: See above.
* ThirdPersonPerson
* TropesAreNotBad: Limyaael occasionally admits that some concepts are actually quite intriguing and can provide a lot of possibilities for good fiction ... it's just the poor ''execution'' of them by authors everywhere that makes them so cliché.
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