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April 30, 2015

Wicked Apprentice

by Madeline Iva

Hate the character.  Love the man.
Hate the character. Love the man.

Happy WALPURGISNACHT! Instead of writing about witches today I’m writing about wizards.

I’ve been working on my next WIP, a fantasy erotic romance called WICKED APPRENTICE.   I was inspired by…well, I don’t know what really.  I just woke up one Sunday after having a really hot dream, sat down with my lap top at the dining room table and whole story poured out of me in about four hours.

However, NOW, post-Hobbit movie trilogy I’m totally inspired by Lee Pace and his performance in THE HOBBIT trilogy as Thranduil, haughty Elf King.  I like both the actor in his everyday guise and his elfish persona.  I managed to incorporate the two sides into one character–a nice guy scholar dude who goes all fae in moments of stress, turning into an icy-hot wicked elf wizard.  Yum!

Lee Pace
Lee Pace as a nice guy.

Revising the story, various characters started calling out for their own story.  There’s a sad/hot sorcerer in the story, whom I see as a kind of Legolas type.  There’s a kitchen maid named Wart who is your typical good girl heroine, for sure.  There’s also an evil seductive sorceress named Gabrina on the loose. Although most of this story takes place in the human part of this world, I decided to send my h/h off to the elves at the end.  Because let’s face it, elves are fascinating and totally cool.

He's so hot.  Ridiculously so.
John Rhys Meyer in Gorgmenghast. He’s so hot.

Let’s talk some old skool fantasy inspirations:

My s/f geek side favors J.R.R. Tolkien’s SILMARILLION when it comes to elvish wonder.  For those of you who don’t have a husband that rereads The Lord of the Rings oeuvre almost every year *cough* you may not be familiar with this book.  It’s the *other* elvish stories that J.R.R. never got around to getting into the series.  They are ‘mythopoetic’ tales.  Yup.  In other words, they are more of a synopsis of stories than actual moment by moment scenes with dialogue and such. But talk about great beach reading if you’re into fantasy! (Though if you’re really into fantasy, I have to ask: what are you doing at the beach?) Read it before Peter The Hobbit Whatshisface makes it into a thirty part movie series.

I am also a big, big fan of GORMENGHAST, which you might not like, because it’s just so very weird and meandering, yet delightfully crazy.  It’s a satire of fantasy in a lot of ways, poking at the British class system as well as public school and university traditions.  There is a lot of mockery. A LOT–and if you ever watch the BBC version, omg, you’ll get it quickly enough.  This production is old, low budget-ish, but pretty great.  It also includes a freakishly hot Johnathan Rhys Meyer as the lead character.

With an intro by Neil Gaiman, just so you know it's really cool.  Click to buy.
With an intro by Neil Gaiman, just so you know it’s really cool. Click to buy.

Speaking of classic ye-oldy fantasy romance: have you ever read THE KING OF ELFLAND’S DAUGHTER?  Very poetic, dreamy, and romantic.  Why hasn’t it been made into a movie? I really don’t know.

Ready any good fantasy romance lately? Do tell.  What kinds of elements do you like best in fantasy romance?

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  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    I’ll give this to you, Madeline, you always open my eyes to interesting, crazy, fun new reads! Great post. Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve got me some reading to do.

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  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    I love the King of Elfland’s Daughter. Beautiful story, wonderful writer.

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    Thanks Elizabeth! CMK — it is so great, isn’t it? Just evocative as all git.

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