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I asked a friend about cliches in fantasy and she said there was a book with Tasha Yar on the cover (I guess it covered science fiction too?) and possibly the word "borrowing" in the title. Ring any bells for anyone?
#1 - April 08, 2013, 07:21 AM
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No...but there's Diana Wynne Jones's The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which is a hoot (she goes on at length about the place of stew in quest fantasy tales).  ;D
#2 - April 08, 2013, 07:24 AM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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I dunno, but I found lots of great stuff by googling "sci-fi cliches," including:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheGrandListOfOverusedScienceFictionCliches (I love exploring the TV Tropes site!)
http://www.cthreepo.com/writing/cliche/  (Great long list)

I was going to suggest asking Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar) herself if she knew, as she was on Twitter, but now I can't find her there.  Maybe she left.  She seems to do that.
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TV tropes is fantastic! Hilarious, and also weirdly useful sometimes.
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It's not a book, but be sure to check out The Fantasy Novelist's Exam http://www.rinkworks.com/fnovel/.
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Wow, got to love the BBs! I'm in process of revising a fantasy I wrote some years back. I've wondered if there were any fantasy characters (ogres, elves, dwarfs, etc.) that are the same in all books; you know, kind of an accepted definition of what they look like, sound like or behave like.  And now here are sources for me to find that out.  YAY.
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