First off, this might come across as a rant, but it's not. Not really. But for some reason, I feel the need to explain my fantasy stories thus far. The action. The adventure. The monsters. The wands.
This is all coming about from the common feedback I get from my stories. Described as fast-paced, immersive, and adventure-filled, yet again and again references are made to one famous middle-grade/YA fantasy series. "It owes a lot to such-and-such series," reviewers say.
I'm here to say I don't owe anything to such-and-such series. Did I read it? Sure. Did I model my world off it? Absolutely not. Want to know what I did model my world off of? World of Warcraft. Global warming. And the power of the ancient sources of language.
So I'm here to say, once and finally:
So what's gonna happen now? Who knows. Maybe I'll pull the wands, maybe I won't. But it's just a shame that for some readers, the fact that every wizard in the UK had a wand makes that series somehow the source of wand lore, even though it isn't. It taints every world since that has even mentioned the object in passing.
Angela Shelley, herself.
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