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Fantasy Cliches

Some recent reading has got my mind on the topic of fantasy cliches, in part because I'd like to do some writing (gasp!) and really, really want to avoid these. I suppose I'm mainly talking about "typical" Medieval type fantasy, not at all Dark Fantasy, as there's certainly fantasy out there that has nothing whatever to do with swords and sorcerers...

So here's what I came up with the other day:

apocalyptic scenarios
Celtic influences
centaurs
corrupt council
dragons
dungeons
empires
European analogies
European words
evil priest
evil sorcerer
evil warlord
famine
fortresses
grand destinies
heterosexuality / het.-only romance
hidden/parallel worlds
horses
kings and queens
lost ancient civilizations
lost heirs
magic
magical caves
magical objects
magical races / species
Medieval / Renaissance type society/technology/etc.
monasteries
no electricity
political intrigue out the wazoo
plague
plucky peasant kids
polytheism
portals
rigid class system
Roman Empire parallels
salty old warriors
saving the world
secret identities
self-contained "world"*
servants
slavery
soul transfer / reincarnation
sorcery / black magic
spies
swearing by gods ("Deunor's teeth!")
swords
torture
tragically flawed princes
tunics, tabards, breeches, etc.
war
warlike/scholar contrasted siblings
warrior women
witch hunts and inquisitions

* Meaning that events take place which are worldwide significance (say: fate of the planet or universe) and yet only on kingdom on a whole planet is involved, which makes me wonder what other drama is going on elsewhere. Seriously, a prince, his sorcerer and a smart peasant woman are the center of the world? Really?"
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