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Did y'all see this?  http://rinkworks.com/fnovel/

#1 - April 28, 2006, 01:51 PM
Jennifer Mckissack:
SANCTUARY, Scholastic Press
 
Jenny Moss:
TAKING OFF, Bloomsbury
SHADOW, Scholastic Press
WINNIE'S WAR, Bloomsbury

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Hey, I think I "scored" pretty good... only one question, and it was only kinda like what I have...
I feel original.
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That had me laughing out loud.
#2 - April 28, 2006, 03:38 PM

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if you want to see some heated responses, check out Kristin Nelson's blog -- Pub Rants.  A couple of people got pretty upset about that test and how others reacted to it...very amusing (probably only because I didn't think it was anything but tongue-in-cheek)....
#3 - April 28, 2006, 04:31 PM
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   :) Very informal quiz. But I think that some of the elements listed in it, one cant help but use because they're partial foundations of epic fantasy. Ex- A hero goes on a quest to find a artifact to save the world. But I will admit that some of them could use a fresher approach. :writing:
#4 - April 28, 2006, 05:27 PM

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I smirked at a lot of the questions. This is why I don't read epic fantasy... My novel Ravelda passed unscathed. Except maybe this question: "Do any of your female characters exist solely to embody feminist ideals?" No, they don't exist *solely* for that purpose, but I am a raving feminist. ;D

Oh, and I'm glad Kristin Nelson agrees with the exam. I hope she likes my query!
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#5 - April 28, 2006, 07:43 PM
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if you want to see some heated responses, check out Kristin Nelson's blog -- Pub Rants. A couple of people got pretty upset about that test and how others reacted to it...very amusing (probably only because I didn't think it was anything but tongue-in-cheek)....

Oh, no, Robin!  I hope no one feels insulted.  I didn't take it too seriously; I just thought it was funny. 
#6 - April 28, 2006, 08:00 PM
« Last Edit: April 28, 2006, 08:08 PM by Ette »
Jennifer Mckissack:
SANCTUARY, Scholastic Press
 
Jenny Moss:
TAKING OFF, Bloomsbury
SHADOW, Scholastic Press
WINNIE'S WAR, Bloomsbury

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I think the one that REALLY cracked me up was this one: #33. Is your name Robert Jordan and you lied like a dog to get this far?
#7 - April 28, 2006, 08:53 PM

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 ??? Um . . . I'm not sure what that one exactly means Els. You know, the one about Robert Jordan. I dont know much about him other than the fact there are about fifty Wheel of Time books. (just kidding, but there are a lot for that series) Can you fill me in? Did he really lie? Thanks. Also, what happened to your other picture? The one of the elf?
#8 - April 28, 2006, 11:13 PM
« Last Edit: April 28, 2006, 11:16 PM by rbt »

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hehe- Jordan didn't lie, that question was a joke, because the first 32 questions pretty much sum up his books.  I'm a fan, but I can still laugh, because he does... well...  he is a *wee* bit formulaic and rambly without getting anywhere much.  His latest book was huge and only seemed to cover about a day, and no one actually managed to get anything at all done.

I changed my pic.  I was going to do it again in a few weeks to something different. 
#9 - April 29, 2006, 09:09 PM

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This is pretty funny.  I remember seeing it on the NaNoWriMo boards--and talk about people who are RABID about "fantasy cliches..." but the thing is, if that's all you're reading, you have no real idea what's out there in the world of current fantasy--especially fantasy for kids (YA/mg).  I remember I finally got fed up and spewed forth a list of some 35 books with NONE of those elements, because somebody was complaining that "all fantasy about girls has fairies and unicorns."

AS IF! :!
#10 - April 30, 2006, 02:53 PM

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I remember I finally got fed up and spewed forth a list of some 35 books with NONE of those elements, because somebody was complaining that "all fantasy about girls has fairies and unicorns."
AS IF! :!

Yeah, all fantasy about girls has fairies and unicorns except the ones involving buttkicking werewolf girls.  ;D Honestly, I have to see this NaNoWriMo fantasy cliches thread... Where is it?

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#11 - April 30, 2006, 11:54 PM
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You know, I haven't been to the boards since mid-November... but I'll bet if you went and started one up, you could *really* have some fun....  :evil:
#12 - May 01, 2006, 02:13 PM

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You know, I haven't been to the boards since mid-November... but I'll bet if you went and started one up, you could *really* have some fun....  :evil:

I must resist the temptation. One too many forums! I've already gone from Newbie to Big Poster here in about two weeks. (!)

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#13 - May 02, 2006, 02:35 PM
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"45. # Are you writing a work-for-hire for Wizards of the Coast?"

Well, darn.
#14 - May 12, 2006, 12:17 PM
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Hee hee.  I thought of you when I saw that, Jeff.
#15 - May 12, 2006, 12:39 PM

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I wonder, would using this exam as a guide for a GOOD fantasy novel be tantamount to blasphemy?

I'm a HUGE Terry Brooks Fan, who freely admits that watching LOTR was like watching one of Terry's books come to life...
#16 - May 12, 2006, 01:48 PM

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:hiding in shame:

Yes, my first book had a girl protaganist AND fairies AND unicorns. But it also had Dragons, elves, mermaids, flying horses and an evil witch. It entailed the search for an object. And yet, it got a great reviews  :horse

So it can't be all bad, right?

My next book has NO fairies or unicorns. Just a quartet of girls who are gonna kick butt.

Oops, sorry, didn't introduce myself. Hi, I'm Christine and I write fantasy... (wow, is there a FWA - Fantasy writers anon?)  for middle grade kids. I just found this board - yay!
#17 - June 11, 2006, 06:17 AM

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#18 - June 11, 2006, 06:21 AM
Jennifer Mckissack:
SANCTUARY, Scholastic Press
 
Jenny Moss:
TAKING OFF, Bloomsbury
SHADOW, Scholastic Press
WINNIE'S WAR, Bloomsbury

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yay! Another fantasy writer!
Welcome, Christine!
#19 - June 11, 2006, 06:24 PM

I'm not sure if I should do this exam. I'm crushed already by the lack of interest in my wacky protagonist who doesn't give two hoots about saving the world, but accidentally does anyway. Do you think this is exam is any indication of my skill? Will I fail, fail, fail?  :spaz
#20 - August 16, 2006, 07:22 AM
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exams like this aren't any indication of skill.  They are just fun.  They don't take into account all the zillions of other factors that come into play in creating a book and its characters.  At best it might show where you might lean too heavily on some cliches, but it isn't anything to worry too much about.
#21 - August 16, 2006, 06:06 PM

Thanx Aooh!   :angel

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#22 - August 24, 2006, 08:07 AM
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Ooh, ooh, do me next.  I only hit a few yes's and did find some of the Dungeons and Dragons shots funny, but...

This quiz was laughable.  I have another question to add to it, do you want your book to sell and make money?  You answered yes?  Oh, then sorry, you must not be a "real artist."

Considering I'm a product of Shakespeare and pop culture, including X-Men, Matrix, LOTR, Potter, Farscape, Star Wars, Family Guy, and South Park, my novel can only aim to be the greatest rip off of all time. 

Everyone, give me three hips for pseudo-intellectualism!  Maybe one day I'll write about teen suicide's effect on Mars's orbit from the sun, that would be great fantasy.  They might even call me avant-garde, hip, and edgy. :toilet
#23 - September 04, 2006, 09:03 PM

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Umm...I answered about 6 of the questions with a yes!  I hang my head in shame! But truthfully I think that there are certain motifs that are just that motifs central to the way we approach the world.  And children are fortunately still receptive to them.
#24 - September 10, 2006, 08:11 AM

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Oh, this is funny! #9 gave me some good ideas.
#25 - February 13, 2007, 03:03 PM

Very, very funny. I read it aloud to my husband who likes fantasy and used to play D & D, and he had to sit down he laughed to far. I think I answered yes on two of them. Both of my books are about people who get transported to a different place/time. I can't help it; I love books like that.
#26 - June 22, 2007, 08:11 PM

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I came up with a no for every question regarding my tween fantasy / adventure. My hubby thought the questions were funny too.
#27 - July 06, 2007, 02:38 PM

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Is your story about a young character who comes of age, gains great power, and defeats the supreme badguy?

Crap!

 ;D

#28 - July 12, 2007, 11:17 AM

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My one and only fantasy story passed with flying colors, but then, it's urban fantasy, so there were no elves, dwarves, ect.
#29 - August 04, 2007, 09:49 AM

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As a former fantasy fiction addict, I couldn't help but laugh out loud at the questions. Yep, they describe every fantasy story I have ever read (which is why I have absolutely no interest in writing one).

Maude  :jump
#30 - August 04, 2007, 12:56 PM

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