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The Story I Need: A Short List

posted Apr 24, 2015, 9:35 AM by Ben Kreucher
I've often heard the phrase, "Write the book you'd love to read".  So, I spend some time pondering what books, TV shows, movies, video games, etc. I like and what I'd really like to read.  I came up with a fairly long list.  I'll abbreviate it for you.
  • Fairy tales are real
  • Vampires=Cool/Scary
  • Werewolves
  • Magic exists
  • Wizards=Normal
  • Dinosaurs
  • Mythological Creatures
  • Mythology is true
  • Superheroes
  • Knights
  • Angels and Demons
  • Enjoys itself
  • Action/Adventure
  • Archery
  • Sword fights
  • Armor
  • Jousts
  • Steampunk
  • Monorails
  • Demon Hunters
  • Choices matter
  • Everyman/woman as the hero
  • Advanced technology
  • Spaceships 
  • Castles and Cathedrals
  • Pirates 
  • Fantasy
  • Funny
I suppose, the story I need to write is something along the lines of: An assassin kills the president of a democratic nation that still has dinosaurs, flees on a pirate ship, and tries to avoid the pursuing knights and justice.  The setting could be space, it could be medieval, it could be Victorian...but could it be all 3?  

The question remains.  However, I find myself wondering, "Why not?"  After all, a society could live in castles and have knights but also have spaceships, esp. if the knights wore suits of power armor ala Iron Man or War Machine.  And who is to say that there isn't a planet somewhere in the universe with dinosaurs still on it (Pern...er...not Pern, that's copyrighted)?

There is still much to flesh out and ponder, but this is just a beginning, like wind drifting across a grassy plain.
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