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i am in the beginnings of writing a fantasy novel and hopefully eventually a trilogy. But i think that my work will be seen as a cliched piece because i have over religious elves that worship the moon, and about three elf subraces, and the plot is basically the world is being taken over slowly by a dark race with a seat of power within a magic-rich land. i don't know if all of this is cliched but i would enjoy feedback. are elves too cliched for anyone to write about them anymore?  

In my opinion, asking if elves are too cliche to write about anymore is like asking if love is too cliche to write about.  A particular thing (be it elves, love, or whatever) is never cliche.  It's the TREATMENT of it that can be.

There's nothing new under the sun, it's said... and that's pretty much true.  Most stories are composed of very familiar elements.  What makes a story memorable and non-cliche is a fresh treatment of the topic.

So if your elves can easily be distinguishable from Tolkein's elves, or the elves of a hundred other authors, you've got nothing to worry about.

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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