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Sunday, 24 June 2007

The Fantasy Novelist's Exam


I have just taken the Fantasy Novelist's Exam. Seventy-five questions, and if you answer yes to any one of them, you fail and are told to abandon your novel.

I answered yes to three, but I'm not admitting it. Or saying which they were.

If you want to take a look for yourself, here it is: http://rinkworks.com/fnovel/

11 comments:

  1. Ah, a challenge!

    I’m taking a flutter on the following that you answered yes to:

    #2 “[The] main character [is] a young farmhand with mysterious parentage.”
    #3 “[The] main character [is] the heir to the throne but doesn't know it.”
    #19 “[A] female character [is] a fearless warrioress more comfortable with a sword than a frying pan.”

    The quiz is a good part horsehockey. Look at “The Matrix.” It answered ‘yes’ to several of the questions. (See question #7)

    And how can one answer: #47? “Do you think you know how feudalism worked but really don't?”

    Tell the story well and you can answer yes to every question.

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  2. Two out of three, Norm, not bad.

    I hated 'The Matrix'. (What is horsehockey? Is it polo?)

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  3. Horsehockey is a euphemism for horse manure.

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  4. Ah. Do you know, I really didn't guess that. It's never heard over here.

    Polo didn't make much sense...

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  5. Col. Potter in the TV show MASH said "horsehockey."

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  6. So it was said over here and I missed it!

    I used to watch MASH, too.

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  7. Ha! I got no yesses for my nascent 'fantasy' idea. Which probably means no one who professes to like the genre will want to read it...

    S.

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  8. Hey, someone's reading my archive!

    I have the same problem. I am invariably duffed up on YWO by 'real' fantasy writers. 'Is it supposed to be comedy?' they say, uncertainly, and mark 2o-24.

    This could be just one reason for its being unpublishable.

    Oh, and well done. Bet you're the first to score zero.

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  9. Heh, I only scored zero because I overdosed on fantasy as a teenager and got sick from all the clichés.

    S.

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  10. Reading 'Lord of the Rings' at an early age was enough for me.

    It satisfied me so entirely that I have never wanted to open the books again, or see the films, or read anything else involving bloody elves.

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