Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Influences of WPFP
And to anyone who thinks that I forgot to actually reveal the title yesterday - I didn't. It's tucked in with the inspiration pictures.
Onward to today's topic. Books and other such that have inspired and/or influenced elements of Water Princess, Fire Prince.
Narnia. This one is obvious. After all, the series itself was born of my desire to write a better version of the movie. Indeed, I consider Narnia to be part of the same world system I have placed Rizkaland into, though I'll never outright state it in the books. Copyright and all that.
Middle Earth. This is probably where the elves came from. Not in a literal sense, because Rizkan elves are very different from Tolkien's elves, but it probably wouldn't have occurred to me to include elves if it weren't for middle Earth. Also, I learned deep worldbuilding from Tolkien, something I've put a lot into for Rizkaland.
Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. This is a specific influence. Mostly I just stole the idea of a room of stuff, though I did use it as part of my study of fantasy prophecies. (For the record, I rank Underland's as being well-written, and well executed, but the books could have probably gone without, because they don't have a solid backstory imho).
Blood of Kings Trilogy by Jill Williamson. Again, a specific influence. These books are the reason I chose to split parts 1 and 2 into separate parts rather than switching back and forth between Andrew and Clara's stories at a dizzying speed.
Oz. How I divided the isle of Klarand ... and it had influence on the color scheme.
The Nine Gems of Virtue. This is a book my mom started back when I was a baby but didn't finish. I found it on her computer one day and fell in love. It had a rainbow world. I naturally had to steal the idea.
Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elizabeth Stengl. Another rather specific one, but this series had a lot to do with my decision to make Laura the actual main character of the series, much as I consider Eanrin to be the actual main character of the Goldstone books.
Doctor Who. More specifically: River Song. I won't say that she inspired Laura, because Laura is actually based on a character I created AND RETIRED before I even heard of Doctor Who, named Sandra. However, while studying the show as part of my Sci-fi study two years ago, I found myself fascinated with River's timeline, as it reminded me slightly of Sandra's, and I found myself wanting to bring Sandra back. So I recreated her into Laura.
My Geometry Answer Key. I love math, but me and Geometry didn't get along (I blame the theorems). However, in the back of the teacher's book there was a story about how a 3D sphere was talking to a 2D square and trying to convince the square that a third dimension exists. And it was a rather mind-blowing moment where everything in my world system just clicked together and made sense.
The Nutcracker. Clara's name. I won't lie.
The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville. These books led to my obsession with unicorns, which led to my creation of the Harandas for Rizkaland.
Time for Yesterday. This is a Star Trek novel, sequel to Yesterday's Son, which are about Spock's son, and are a sequel to the episodes "Guardian on the Edge of Forever" and "All our Yesterdays." In TfY, Zar (said son) gets married - and I was extremely intrigued by the marriage custom of the culture he was in - tying the forearms of the couple together. Hence, my decision to create the Tying Ceremonies for Rizkaland.
An English Worksheet. So I'm heavily influenced by my schoolwork. I was doing an English worksheet one day, and I was editing (I believe it was editing that day) a paragraph about water. And I was so intrigued by what was said in this paragraph, I let Andrew give it as a speech in Water Princess, Fire Prince.
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