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  1. For those interested, I stumbled upon TIME’s list of top fantasy books nominated by best selling fantasy writers. Thought it might be worth a look. When you click on each book, they give a description. https://time.com/collection/100-best-fantasy-books/?fbclid=IwAR3FAEGaVuQXmz597dSnUYZylkBfU9OxTkNoRtLk7w0GY2avcaOk7Nv-l-g Personally, I enjoyed Wrinkle in Time and The Inquisitor’s Tale - children’s fantasy with Christian subplots.
  2. At least for children’s books, I still see the medieval setting alive and well. However, I have seen a shift from agents’ wishlists to more diverse settings (less Eurocentric tradition and folklore). I asked in a conference once whether we should stay away from writing cliches. The answer of the speaker was this.... write a cliche if you must but make it your own. In the end, the words of C.S. Lewis rings true... “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it ha
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