The Fantasy Novelist's Exam (via @catvalente)

It's friday, so it gets a little silly around here.

Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis created the worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia, it seems like every windbag off the street thinks he can write great, original fantasy, too. The problem is that most of this "great, original fantasy" is actually poor, derivative fantasy. Frankly, we're sick of it, so we've compiled a list of rip-off tip-offs in the form of an exam.

As an example, the first question is: 'Does nothing happen in the first 50 pages?'

It's brutal, and the marking criteria are also brutal:

We think anybody considering writing a fantasy novel should be required to take this exam first. Answering "yes" to any one question results in failure and means that the prospective novel should be abandoned at once.

Nonetheless, it does highlight cliches of the genre, so it's worth checking out if you write in this area.

Full exam here: