Grim and Dark

Another of Tallis Steelyard’s interesting tales recorded for history by Jim Webster. From this one, writers can learn a lesson.

Tallis Steelyard

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You know how it is when friends and fellow professionals get together over a few glasses of wine and start discussing our work. Not the everyday toil of keeping patrons happy and ensuring that you’ve always got some casually extemporised verse ready prepared; but the deeper matters of what is written and how genres merge together and drift apart again.

One area that provoked discussion is the way that it’s now considered progressive, dynamic or even modernistic to subvert a genre by darkening the story. So should you be writing a tale of adventure, rather than having the heroes survive terrible trials through heroism and blind chance, the writer will casually kill them all off and start again with a new cast.

The same can happen with romance. Your classic romance has the young lovers separated by fate and they have to battle pirates, storms, invading armies, and other miscellaneous…

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