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Subject: Question for fantasy readers...
Date Posted: 9/5/2008 9:32 AM ET
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Hello! I am writing a fantasy novel, and one of my characters is a fourteen year old girl with long silver hair. (You might call my book High Fantasy--it is set in a fictional world and feels sort of medieval.) My brother has been saying that he thinks a fourteen year old girl with silver hair is sort of stupid, and I'm starting to believe him. So what would you think if you were reading a fantasy and a girl had long silver hair? Please let me know!

 

God Bless,

    HML

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 9:44 AM ET
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I think it'd be fine. That's the nice thing abut Fantasy, you can be as crazy as you want! ;-) But seriously, I don't see any problem. Let me know when your book comes out, I'd love to read it!



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Date Posted: 9/5/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Thanks! I'm thinking of maybe keeping it. By the way, I like your signature images. Have you heard of Ranger's Apprentice? The fifth book is coming out this fall. :-)

 

HML

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 6:22 PM ET
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Nothing wrong with Silver hair on a 14yo girl if it fits into your fantasy world setting. The silly thing is listening to your brother :)    being different from the real world is what makes fantasy novels so great!  In my world I've got people with blue, purple, green and orange hair due to them having magic.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 9/6/2008 4:07 PM ET
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IMO with fantasy, more so than any other genre, you can get away with just about whatever your imagination can dream up.  Which is why I like to write it too.  The whole point of SF&F is suspension of disbelief, so a race of people with silver hair is perfectly believeable.  On the other hand, if she's the only character with silver hair in the world, I would recommend that you have a reason for it, maybe even have it be a major plot point.  (Prophesized birth of a silver haired child, consequence of a magic spell gone wrong, etc.)

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 5:29 PM ET
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Thank you, Paul H., and Pam L.!

    That is great advice--I'll see what I can dream up. She is the only silver-haired person in the story (besides the elderly people, who are more grey), so I guess there should be an explanation. My story really doesn't have much magic; but there are dragons, and little things that make it different. I also have a character with amber eyes, and one with really dark purple eyes. (The purple eyes do have a reason--she's a sorceress.) My dad suggested that maybe something tramatic happened earlier in her life that caused her hair to prematurely go silver. But I thought that maybe she would have a child with silver hair later, so I think she may have heritage from an unknown kingdom who has/had dominantly silver hair. That would be sort of mixing both ideas of Paul H's at once!

Anyways, thank you everyone, for your opinions! It has been very helpful.

 

God bless,

    HML

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 4:52 PM ET
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By the way, I like your signature images. Have you heard of Ranger's Apprentice? The fifth book is coming out this fall. :-)

Yeah, I love Ranger's Apprentice!  I've actually already read book 5, (I got an ARC), and it was great!  The only problem was, it had a suspenseful ending, and I don't even know when book 6 is coming out!

Don't give up on writing your book!  I know from experience that brothers aren't always right! ;-)

-Rebekah

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 8:33 AM ET
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Rebekah C.,

Really? Awesome! I can't wait for book five. What is an ARC?

    They're making  a movie of The Ruins of Gorlan that's supposed to come out in 2010.

Thank you for your encouragement! I am making good progress with my book, and I can't wait till it's finished! I am using the Snowflake Method off of Randy Ingermanson's site (www.advancedfictionwriting.com), and it has been sooo helpful! I know some people like to just pound it all out as they go, but I like to have it more organized. :-)

God Bless,

HML

 



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Greg K. - ,
Date Posted: 10/16/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Terry Brooks wrote about a woman who had a long green hair. Odd right?

Turns out she's part dryad (living tree entity).

Silver hair just implies there's a hidden side to your 14 yrs old girl and it's that kind of intrigue that hooks the reader if done correctly.

If you think you got the right background for the silver hair. I say keep it.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 10:02 PM ET
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Greg K, I was just thinking that somewhere else in the world there could be a race in which everyone has silver hair, and she is partly descended from them. My story doesn't really have a lot of magic per se, but I sort of want to sprinkle little oddities throughout. Like, I have a character with amber eyes, and I do have a sorceress with purple eyes. She is the only person who really practices magic. Silver hair, different colored eyes, and little things like that. (Of course, my story is a dragon story. That's what makes it truly fantasy.)

 

And Rebekah C, sorry--ARC=Advanced Reader Copy. I knew it was a dumb question when I asked. *grin*

 

HML

Date Posted: 10/20/2008 2:05 PM ET
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Wow, you've got dragons in it too?  You've got to hurry up and finish this thing!  I already can't wait! ;-)

And, if you're interested, Ranger's Apprentice book 6 is wishable now, coming out next august!  I've heard about the movie, but I couldn't find any specific info on IMDB, and that's the only site I use for movies.

 

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 12:07 PM ET
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Rebekah C.,

Well, I'll certainly let you know when I'm done!!! Yes, there are definitely dragons. Bad dragons. (Part of the reason that I started writing this was because I'm so tired of all of the 'good dragons' floating around. In my opinion, dragons have been bad for hundreds of years, and they should stay so! Not that anyone else has to agree with me. *grin*) I'm thinking that this will probably turn out to be a trilogy (call me crazy--I know it's ambitious) and in each book there will be a new 'evil creature.' And they won't be slimy! Another of my 'things'--bad guys have gotten really slimy lately (Orcs, goblins, and those things in the movie Eragon--even in the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!) and I'd rather have mine be, well, DRY. :-)

So, what kind of fantasy do you like, what do you like about them, and what don't you like?

Siege of Mackindaw is on my wish list! What are those other books that you have signature images for up there?

Yeah, on www.rangersapprentice.com John Flanagan said that the movie has had some setbacks--but they are still planning on making it, though not quite as soon as hoped for.

God bless!

HML

P.S. I just thought of another possible reason for my character to have silver hair! Her mother had a baby son, but the birth was really hard and the baby didn't survive. Maybe through that whole thing her hair turned silver. (The girl herself was, maybe 7-10 years old.) What do you think?

 

 

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 7:17 PM ET
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Great ideas! I agree, dragons have sort of shifted from being monsters to being pets, not to say I dislike those books, Inheritance is one of my favorite series', but it will be really cool to have a different perspective.

I like to read pretty much any fantasy. Epic, humorous, wizards, dragons, or even just slightly fantasy. Pretty much the only thing I dislike is vampires or werewolves.

My other images at the moment are for War of teh Ember (the last book in Guardians of Ga'Hoole), Sent (Book 2 in the Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of the Shadow Children Sequence), and The Sorceress, Book 3 in the Secrets of teh Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I'm thinking of making a general one for the Warriors series since there are so many new ones coming out.

One movie I've been looking forward to is Inkheart. It looked really good from the original trailer, but the newest one makes it look like they might mess it up. But we can hope...

I'm probably not the right person to ask about reasons for things in books. I'd probably say, she has silver hair because of accidental exposure to magic as a child, or because of something special about her parents, or it means she is marked by Fate. I don't know, whatever you think fits the character and story.

-Rebekah

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 9:11 PM ET
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Yep--I don't fancy Vampires and Werewolves myself. I liked Dracula, though, to my surprise. The vampire is definitely the bad guy, the men are manly and heroic, and the women are feminine. It wasn't like modern vampire novels.

I'm looking forward to Inkheart too! I read the first two books, and although I think that Meggie needs a good spanking, they were pretty good! I love Mo. And of course, Dustfinger. I did think it was getting a little silly when they were going to try and bring him back--I think that would spoil the effect of his sacrifice. Aanyway...

Thanks for your suggestions! They might come in handy somehow.

 

HML

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 9:03 AM ET
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I was thinking of the heritage thing - with your silver haired girl, and I was thinking about conversations I've had with people recently about Red hair. You know, the geneticists say that, in a hundred years, Red hair will be extinct among people. and, I always say about that, yea, well, they haven't been to Elizabeth, IN. (where my maternal family is from. Looks like a genetics lab blew up, all those red headed little children running to and fro) But talking to someone about this, I said - how can a recessive trait ever be truly extinct? It could lie in wait in the genes - and, a hundred years or more of seeing not a single one, suddennly two people with the same recisive trait marry, and 3 of their four kids look like everyone else, but one kid of theirs - BAM! that trait you haven't seen for more than a hundred years. It could be so far back in her family that there could be adventures in discovering the backstory to it.
Date Posted: 11/2/2008 6:32 PM ET
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Ooh, Latricia, I like that! That is a really good idea! Thanks!

And I know a ton of red-haired people.

 

HML