Historical Fantasy Fiction

Tired of present day magical, supernatural urban fantasy fiction? And do you feel that the dystopian futuristic fiction category is heavily saturated?

Then why not try fantasy fiction set in the past? And by that I mean late 20th century/early 21st century authors writing fantasy set in the past —the historical past.

I just can’t help but admire authors that took the time to research just to ensure that the story feels authentically in the past. And yet at the same time, they managed to create a story that managed to suck me in.

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Retellings: Why do we get new ones every year?

I think we’ve tackled this with my previous post about whether retellings are fanfics.

But honestly, we get new retellings every year. Whether it’s in book form, TV form, Movie Form or Disney form.

Why is that so? I think it’s simply because they work. People love these stories for as long as we can remember. But at the same time, they are tired of hearing the same story. Hence we get familiar stories adapted or told differently.

I don’t think people (myself included) care who originally thought these stories up. It doesn’t really matter how similar the story is (because at this day and age, what story can truly be called original) as long as it entertains.

So here are some of the retellings that have entertained me so far:

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Djinn Protagonist

For anyone who decides to read books that center around djinn or djinni or jinni, you often noticed one common factor.

At least one (who may or may not be the main character) is under some form of slavery. Like the Jinni on Aladdin, the djinn character is bound to grant their “master” or “owner’s” wishes whether the djinn wants to do it or not.

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Creepy but Cute

The following titles are recommendations to readers who want a frightened “AHHHH!!!” added with a heartwarming “AWWWWWWW”

A word of warning that dark and/or brutal scenes abound in the following books. But also expect moments of tenderness and love that only serve to highlight¬† both aspects of the story. Because let’s face it, how can you truly appreciate works that may (or may not) kill off characters if you don’t even care about the characters?

And how exactly do you realize the depth of love you have for the fictional characters of a story if you don’t have a sinking feeling that they might be lost or hurt beyond repair?

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Fairies Behaving Badly

We grew up on fairy tales wherein fairies would come to the aid of a young and deserving hero or heroine. They’re benevolent. And all they want to do is to help

But once you go beyond the children’s section of the bookstore, you’ll find that fairies or the fae are usually depicted as cruel or mad or simply out of touch with normal human reality and morality. Being near-immortal and powerful has them usually portrayed as looking down on humans (though that doesn’t stop them from taking humans as pets/lovers and producing half-human offspring with them)

Of course, this is not to say all fae characters in books are evil. Some harm humans as a way to protect themselves. Fae are usually portrayed as very connected to nature (eg. forests, lands, rivers etc). And with human beings doing whatever they want to the land, it seriously pisses the Fae off that their home gets polluted and eventually destroyed.

This just goes to show that once you browse the sections for young adults and adults, Fae get the morally gray and/or black shade

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Master Thieves in Fiction

  • Above-average intelligence
  • Cunning
  • Manipulative
  • Moral Flexibility

All qualities that can be found in great “Master Thieves” in fiction. All of whom have a tendency to target people with more power and wealth than they do.

With such attributes that can be attributed to successful CEO’s, one might ask why they bother stealing? It certainly isn’t about survival. Though some “Master Thieves” might start out their careers stealing for food and other necessities.

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Books that Make Kindle Unlimited Worth It

Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited will know that it has a LOT of titles. But unfortunately, it takes time to separate the chaff from the wheat.

How does one usually do it?

You can look at their Best-Sellers list. Or look at the number of great customer reviews and ratings.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you would enjoy the title yourself. I’ve seen a lot of titles that have great ratings and reviews. But unfortunately were not my cup of tea.

So here are titles that (I think) make subscribing to Kindle Unlimited worthwhile. You may or may not agree with me. But I think these titles are worth a try!

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