For some time now, many fantasy authors and some readers have come to the conclusion that some of the more adventurous and iconic aspects of the genre are either outdated, clichéd or overused.  However, can that not be said of all genres? Literary fiction typically covers different aspects of everyday life, romance is about falling in love, and crime often involves murder (sometimes involving a whodunit scenario) – just to name a few.  I’ve read a few articles recently from writers complaining about the use of: dragons, elves, dwarves, goblins and other well-known fantasy races and beasts; plots about prophecies and chosen ones; third-person omniscient perspectives; prologues; and last but not least, novels that run in a series.  If I may be completely honest, it bothers me.  Why? It bothers me because some of the best fantasy I’ve ever read has been about adventure, and has involved one or more of these supposedly outlawed concepts on the basis that they’re outdated, clichéd or overused.

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