Tropes Trollops & Truths in Paranormal & Speculative Fiction
“ “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” ~ Dr. Seuss “

Women play an essential role in fantasy and paranormal literature.

She is the trollop part of Truth, Trollops, & Tropes in Speculative FictionWomen play an essential role in fantasy and paranormal literature.

This class is an adventurous romp through literature–past, present, & future–and the role female characters have, do, and will play in the hottest genre on the market, paranormal and speculative fiction.

To write well in our genre, we must know our genre, and know it’s essential element and how female characters fit into them.

* Do you know the essential elements of your chosen genre?
* Do you know where and when these essential genre elements must occur in your manuscript?
* Do you know how to “plant” these essential genre elements for best dramatic effect?
* What tropes dominate your chosen genre?

History & Women & Change

Wizards, elves, dragons, and trolls—this is certainly the stuff of fantasy, populating the fictions of such giants as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, no less than the juvenilia of many aspiring writers.

Women in history have endured many changes, most dramatically the change from a matriarchal society to a patriarchal one. Women have been burned at the stake, disallowed burial in the Church cemetery, denied benefits and recognition for their talents and skills, dehumanized, dethroned, devoid of power of any kind in various societal structures. All this history influences our writing and our characters today and will continue to do so in the future.

Women have been accused of working with the devil, of being a witch, and generally promoting evil in the world. Who and what are these accused women? Who and what are the accusers? How can you use this information to develop and flesh out your characters?

Fantasy is experiencing a wonderful resurgence, both in media and literature. Of course, that doesn’t mean they are historically accurate and many take extreme poetic license with history and literature.

Werewolves, vampires, and fey are popular now both in literature and TV. Do you know how these stories came to be so popular for so long?


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We’ve seen intriguing female characters in today’s bestsellers

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah HarknessWitches, wizards, and magic have also come a long way over the years, culminating with the mainstream bestseller A Discovery of Witches by Diana Harkness.

Angelology by Danielle TrussoniAngels, demons, and demigods aremaking headway in the bestseller scene with books like the mainstream bestseller Angelology by Danielle Trussoni.

Game of Thrones by George R R MartinDragons, cyclops, and prophecies weave their way to the bestseller list and to HBO television with George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

In this Class

“They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle Earth. ” ~ George R.R. Martin

What makes these books in particular so popular they transcend genre to the mainstream literary bookshelves?

In this class, we’ll explore the elements of Speculative and Paranormal fiction, both genre tropes and cliches and how we can best utilize them for our stories. We’ll also look at the emerging and very popular female protagonist and how she fits into the best-selling world of Speculative and Paranormal fiction. Then we’ll put these elements together in our stories and look at today’s markets. We’ll have guest speakers, contests, and prizes as well.