Just How Much Magic Belongs in #Fantasy? CAROL MARRS PHIPPS of #RaveReviewsBookClub gives her views 

Helen Treharne

We’ve been hearing about this. It seems to pop up as though magic content in a piece of writing is something wholly arbitrary, as thoughit were just a matter of setting a thermostat. This shouldn’t be too surprising in this digital age of stimulus starvation, this diminished world of the future, where very few of us go into the woods with an axe in order to survive, where conversation is being replaced in cinema with swooping dives off skyscrapers and tumbling infernos of colliding cars. If our fantasy writing needs punch, we just scroll to the far end and click, right? We just add magic.

We disagree. After a certain point, plunges off tall buildings get boring. Magicdoesadd interest, depth and excitement. It can even turn loose an inventive writer’s imagination, but too much ruins everything.

We use magic with a great deal of respect and…

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