What are some of your favourite books and how have they influenced your own writing?
I'll share three books (actually three trilogies), that I really like and have inspired my writing.
The first one is Lord of the Rings. Honestly, I didn't like these books when I was younger; I found them too slow. But I re-read them last year and enjoyed them immensely. The way Tolkien writes is beautiful, and his prose really pulled me into Middle-Earth. As I read I truly felt as if I was in the Ent forest with Pippin and Merry, or trekking through the ruined lands of Mordor with Frodo and Sam. My own fiction isn't much like Lord of the Rings , apart from the very Tolkien-esk dwarves, but if I ever describe something I try to recall some of Tolkien's brilliant passages for inspiration.
The second is the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. All his characters are so unique, and when he writes you really get a feel for what it's like to be a barbarian, an army officer who beats his sister, or even a crippled torturer! I haven't forgotten a single one of his characters, and I aim to write the people in my stories to be as unique and fascinating as his.
My last series is Mark Lawrence's Prince of Fools trilogy. I loved the character of Jalan, and especially how his character developed over the three books. At the start he's a playboy who wants nothing to do with danger, but by the end, well, he's lost none of his playboy charm but has certainly grown up. Mark Lawrence is also a genius at writing first-person, and I chose to write from first-person perspective because I enjoyed his books so much.
Enough about me. What books have inspired you? It doesn't even have to be books necessarily; if you prefer anime/manga, comics, movies etc, please share it here. I just want to know your favourites and how they influence your fictions here on RoyalRoad.
I'd admit to being so confused when I first started reading because she just tosses you into the story, but after it made sense I loved it.
The main cast of characters are all lovable, but Lucifer Yaslana, the Erian Warlord Prince, is my favorite for being able to bring out the best in all the other characters :3
I do mimic the minimal writing style to some extent.
It heavily influenced my style when writing Invinci.
Other than that, my influence comes from a mix of music, movies and other books.
I am not big on other media, but Matrix and Yuri on Ice certainly blew me away in the movie & Anime category, and I loved a whole bunch of videogames from Jade Empire to Technomancer.
- Sunshine by Robin McKinley. I love this book; McKinley takes a sort of meandering first person narrative with a protagonist it's hard not to love, and then starts throwing (and subverting) vampire tropes at her. A big reason I went with a first person narrator for Not A Manga is because I want to be able to craft this sort of wonderful, believable protagonist (I've abandoned a fair few early drafts because the side characters end up so much more interesting than my main character).
- The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. I love this for its world-building, and the way it gradually builds up a greater whole through short slice-of-life vignettes. That hasn't come into play in Not A Manga (yet), but it's always a goal for me. Plus this is another one with a load of quirky, believably-flawed characters.
- A Sister's All You Need by Yomi Hirasaka. This light novel series basically accomplishes everything I would like to do with Not A Manga, only does it far better and with beautiful illustrations of naked girls (you've been warned; I can't read this one when the kids are awake). If I'm half as successful at simultaneously mocking and reveling in manga/anime/light novel tropes as this series, then I'll count it a solid win.
LOTR - my story's about dwarves, elves, humans, and orcs, with an occasional halfling thrown in, so...
The Outlander series and the Lord John Grey series by Diana Gabaldon - rereading some of her work after having finished most of my novel, I can see a lot of simliarities.
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - I try to emulate his writing style, since he writes beautifully.
The Codex Alera is what I'm currently listening to on my commutes - I keep hearing turns of phrase that I recognize from my own writing, so I guess Jim Butcher has influenced me too
Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Harry Potter - even some stories here on RR and on Booksie have influenced me.
Where some of the greats have helped with worldbuilding and characters, things like The Black Company, Jaraxel from Forgotten Realms, and Malazon I think have added a richness and depth that I try to emulate(but fail, seriously I need more practice)
But tha one that has influenced me the most is Brandon Sanderson, for power systems.
Chiisutofupuru Wrote: I'd admit to being so confused when I first started reading because she just tosses you into the story, but after it made sense I loved it.
I love fantasy books that do this, another good example of 'throwing the reader in' is Malazan. I bounced off it a couple times, but eventually I got into them. A little hard to read I think, but they're books I'd recommend.
There are authors in the fantasy genre who have try-harded avoiding Tolkien's influence, they all fail because Tolkien is the influence of their influences, the hero of their heroes, so it's pretty much impossible to not have a mark of Tolkien on the work somewhere.
Brandon Sanderson anything