Would you rather?

Being tagged over a Twitter writing game can be fun 🙂

Luckily, I was tagged by Blogspells (@Blogspells) (He also has a fantastic blog which is worth checking out) for the tough edition of questions: Would you rather?

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So without further ado! Let’s go!

Short chapters or long chapters?

Long Chapters

Never be allowed to read your favourite series again, or only be allowed to read 1 book per month?

One book per month? It will depend on what genre it is and what more good books are out there!

Live in a medieval fantasy or on another planet in the future?

I would live in an Ancient fantasy rather than sci-fi. Because sci-fi is cool and all, but there’s something about the past…which is unexplainable. Plus, there’s also cool alternate history scenarios that I would def like to visit. What would a world look like had Napoleon won? What impact would that have had? The Franco-Prusian War for example, would have perhaps gone in favour of the French.

What if Rome and the Aztecs had surived into the modern day? Or what if Carthage was still an existing empire? What if the Byzantines had surived till the Napoleonic Era? What if the Vikings had kept their religions and resisted the Christian Crusades? We could have gotten a Teutonic Order 2.0 crusade (they were already dealing with the Polish and the Lithuanians) and this creates many interesting scenarios.There are too many scenarios to count. But each and every single decision made in history is something once cast into iron (an ironic metaphor I know) is something you cannot change. Napoleon realised this sooner or later when he was almost winning at Waterloo when the Prussians had arrived. A simple decision is all that it takes.

A simple decision in history is the most monumental thing to be done. Bismarck once said that the next European war would happen in the Balkans. And lo and behold, it happened. WW1 came as a result. But even so, history is not complicated because of other factors, it is because of people in power that make those decision. WW1 was probably seen by many Monarchs and Governments of Europe as an extension of a short and glorious war. It ended up destroying most of Western Europe and the East. Nationalism rose. But that is my opinion none the less.

Delete your twitter or delete your blog?

Can’t answer that one, too tough!

Lots of characters or a few core characters?

The character that makes you want to read on is the character worth reading in my book. For example, a book populated by Napoleon’s innumerous Marshalls will make for a boring book. Why is that? Well we can’t expend all energy on every single Napoleonic Marshall now can we? We can focus on the ones who made a big difference. What about the Captains, Lieutenants, officers? All of them depend how the author makes them important.

Ken Follet’s the Fall of Giants triology is an huge historical backdrop exploring the origins of a family from WW1 to 2008. It features many characters all inter-related in such a way, that writing that book is a magnitude of scale, research and experience. But does it cover every single detail of the wars? No it doesn’t. Does it provide emotional scenes? Yes. I take this book series as a very serious masterclass on how writing should be approached for big projects. Even fantasy authors should, in my opinion, embark on this. It won’t be for everyone, but just apperciate the amount of work that went into this. I once read a book that was translated from Spanish into English and it was over a 1000 pages long. Historical fiction set in the Reconquista period. Even if these books are long, they focus on at least 2-3 characters, while expanding the historical cast. This is why I think historical fiction and fantasy are inter-related in some way. For some it won’t. But for someone who is from a historical background, I can apperciate the nuances.

A lot of different locations or a small number of locations in a book?

Different. I want to see cities based of the Ancient cities of Rome, Carthage, Tyre, Persepolis, the list goes on. However, it should be big cities, small locations within those cities. Below I’ll post pictures of historical cities that have been written about, but I’d rather want to see more fantasy move a little away from Medieval for a while, and focus on the Ancient World.

Constantinople

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Why not Athens that was beautifully created in AC Odyessy?

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The city of Angkor Wat, nuff’s said

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The Ancient City of Babylon. I’d so love to way more Ancient Mesopotamian Fantasy inspired from this city.

The Ancient City of Pergamon
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Carthage:

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Seeing this ancient city in a fantasy setting would be awesome

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The Ancient City of Memphis. One of the cities’s concept art made by Ubisoft when they were developing Assassin Creed Origins. I do like Medieval Fantasy, but to be honest, I want to see more Ancient Egyptian inspired settings like this. I mean who doesn’t want to read a fantasy book based of this concept art?

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Reconstruction of the Persian Palace of Persepolis. Honestly, I’d love a fantasy book inspired by the Persian Empire (even more books!) that has a palace like this. The above image is a more fantasy version of that, but come on, who doesn’t want THAT?

This is one of the historical empires I would have loved to visit ^^^^

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Reconstruction of the Roman Forum. It is a vast complex of baths ...
This is one of the cities I bet should be in more fantasy books. Rome has been the world’s inspiration for quite some time. Imagine if more fantasy books covered this city in far more detail.

This is what a reconstruction of a Roman Villa looks like. It’s a nice refreshing change from the usual castle/estate you read in fantasy books

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Grimdark or something a bit easier going?

Easy going.

Would you rather read YA/Adult (whatever the opposite is of your usual reading) for a year, or change genres for a year?

I’m fine with historical fiction/fantasy for now. I don’t mind YA in particular, but I’d want it to be historical/fantasy.

And so that comes to our end of the blog post

My questions for you:

What event of history draws you the most?

Novellas or Novels for the fantasy genre? Which one would you choose?

Ancient fantasy or Medieval fantasy?

Well written characters that serve the plot of the novel? Or well written characters with motivations that drive the plot?

Historical inspired fantasy or made up fantasy?

Witcher (Netflix) or Cyberpunk 2077?

Dialogue or description in fantasy novels? Which one is the most important to you?

What period of historical inspired fantasy do you want to see?

Would you change a historical event if you were given the power to do so by time-travelling through a time machine?

What is your favorite historical battle? And how would you like to witness it?

Not needed to answer, but if you wanted a historical period represented in TV, film or video game, what would you want it to be? Take your pick!