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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Samurai Fantasy Fiction

What is it about the Samurai that translates so easily into fantasy fiction? It's their sense of loyalty, honor, and warrior spirit that makes them the perfect thematic character for fantasy literature. Many fantasies, especially epic fantasies, take place in a medieval setting with swords, armor, castles, warriors, and armies. While many typically think of medieval Europe when fantasy is mentioned, the Samurai also are perfectly characterized to fill the archetype for this type of fantasy. They are sword wielding warriors who would stop at nothing to avenge the death of a master or defend the honor of their family if their lord was not in danger. Also, their honor would require them to kill themselves if they were defeated or brought dishonor to their lord. This fierce attitude and warrior spirit is what makes them perfectly suited to the genre. Loyalty, whether to a cause or an individual is something that is extremely valued in the fantasy genre. So, the next time you are scribbling down in your writing journal or brainstorming for a new story, perhaps you should take some qualities of the samurai and transplant that into your epic fantasy. It would make for some interesting character roles.