Well, I'm not wanting to be super creative right now so I'm just going to comment and agree/disagree with yours, k?
- I don't dislike magic but I'm not a big fan of it as I think it’s an easy way for solving problems and is to convenient - Magic is fine, in my opinion, as long as there are rules to govern it. Without these rules (think Eragon) then it is waaaay too powerful and wouldn't make sense in a realistic world, where there are rules that govern the physical world.
- I get sick of the new young kid becomes the awesome dude who saves the world - This one I agree on. Although it is a huge cliche, it does often make for good storytelling and that is why it is used. I've tried to come up with a story that doesn't involve this and it is VERY difficult.
- the fate of the world rests on one person - Again, I agree. When I brainstorm ideas, they never include just one main character any more. However, a small group always works best for obvious reasons.
- good guys never die and bad guys never win - I agree and disagree with this one. While I always try to kill off a couple of my major (though maybe not main) characters, good always wins, eventually. There's the key: the bad guys have to win first.
- the hero gets the girl - I don't have problems with this but the reasoning is again, it makes for good storytelling and the 'happy ending' that modern (American) society wants. Most teenagers don't like Romeo and Juliet, not because of Shakespeare's 'confusing' language, but because of the ending. I do think that stories with 'bad' endings have there place, though.
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