Day three of the website editor not properly loading. The fact that the mobile editor works make me wonder if there’s just something wrong on my end. My internet is really slow in general, so I wouldn’t be surprised if its all my fault.
In any case, I have a tiny Bluetooth keyboard and the will to keep my streak going, so let’s do this, shall we?
Today’s topic: defining the rules for your world. I work with a lot of classic occult themes: vampires, werewolves, etc, so I’m constantly faced with the problem of balancing expectations versus keeping things original. Not to talk crap about other authors, but in Twilight, I think this was overdone with the whole “shiny vampires” thing.
So where do you go? I think it’s important to keep a certain amount of the original there. If you don’t, why call it a vampire or a werewolf or a dragon or whatever it is you’re writing. If you strip away everything that makes them classically a creature of legend, then why bother calling them that? And heck, with creatures like vampires, there are so many conflicting mythos out there, its hard to know which one to go with.
And if someone comes up with something new that sticks in the consciousness of the masses, is it okay to utilize that?
There’s no right answer to these questions, only opinions. And my opinion is this: write what you want to write. Take what you need from others, put a spin on it if you must, but make sure the core of that creature still rings true. If your vampire doesn’t suck blood, why call them a vampire? But that’s just my take. What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment or hit me up on social media. Until then...
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.