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The Sterotypical Fantasy Plot:
Is using the psedo-medival fantasy setting with a plot that, when you boil it to the bare bones, is the 'Quest-journey' structure, considered riducuously overdone, or it is still one of the plots that "Isn't what the story is, but how it's told." ?
When horoscopes go wrongBecause I'm doing a similar story, I wold be a hypocrite if I said it was. So no. Really, any "cliche" plot is fine as long as it's executed in an interesting, unique way.
"Only women and cats are allowed inside my armor!"
patience, young padawanWell, the Fantasy Quest(TM), though classic, has been done so many times that it's difficult for new entries to stand out from the crowd. Scorpio's right- if you can write it well enough, you can pull off damn near anything.
I need a drinkExactly what both posters before have said. Create interesting, complex characters; develop an immersive setting and just have much fun as you can with it and you wont go wrong.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
ResearcherI think plots such as Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect are criticized because when you break it down it's all about finding a McGuffin. However I feel it's less what the plot is and more how the story is told. Star Wars, when you get right down to it, was a retelling of World War Two. Brilliantly told. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin fighting Vince Mcmahon, the little guy standing up to the Corrupt Corporate Executive, that wasn't done in Professional Wrestling, that saved the wrestling business. Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops, solid games, solid redones of fighting terrorists and the Cold War. Ditto Ace Combat The Unsung War, strip away the fantasy elements like the pilots being demons and it's the Cold War again. Rogue Warrior, the game itself was basically Rambo, the earlier novels are much better. Rainbow Six is the old foreign legion story but it's brilliantly written. I don't think there are many plots that are new or not stereotypical, so what matters is how they are told.
edited 21st Jan '13 11:51:24 PM by tsstevens
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