I don’t know if anyone else has done this before but here goes.
The pink dimension that connects Lion’s mane and Lars’ hair reminded me of the Wood between the Worlds in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew. It’s a world composed of a forest where you can submerge in the many ponds to be transported to other worlds, while holding a special ring.
The mechanics are different but the basic concept is the same. The imagery is so powerful it stayed with me all these years.
I suppose it’s a much larger, authorless idea though. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Spyro also come to mind. Does anyone remember other examples?
I had a dream where the guys did a water balloon challenge and Amy was in it and she was like adorably pregnant. Mark gasped and was like "no one hit her belly we gotta protect the little guy!" And he put his hands on her stomach and I just wanna cry
OHHHH MY GOOSSSHH THIS IS SO PURE
The whole time Amy is probably like “Mark this is garbo, a water balloon isn’t gonna hurt the baby. He’s been living in a water balloon, nerd.”
But he’s still watching her like a hawk the entire time Ethan is throwing to her.
Bonus Points: Mark calls the baby “MJ”. Amy secretly thinks it’s so cute that he’s so so involved but she tells him she hates it and that he has a big enough head already. She calls him Tiny Meme Lord (only to make Mark mad, because he hates it and takes the whole thing very seriously).
–Ethan constantly makes jokes about the fact the baby’s head is going to be too big to come out, the crying could probably start an avalanche (imagine Mark’s screaming but never ending at 4 am), and the fact the baby is gonna come out Fun Sized bc his daddy is already smol.
–Tyler has done the entire nursery with his bare hands and baby proofed the fuck out of the entire horse.
“Tyler, it’s 5 am, the baby will be just fine if you don’t finish this magical portal to Narnia tonight”
“THIS IS EVERYONE’S BABY AMY NELSON DON’T YOU DARE TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME”
–Kat and Tyler constantly fight over whose the better God parent
–Ethan is relieved he’s not in the running for God parent
–Ethan is not looking forward too this baby
“There’s gonna be poop. Everywhere. Are you ready for that? Hello, everybody, my name is Markiplier and welcome to the baby poop challenge–”
I love this so much I need more pregnant Amyplier pls and thanks
You scrapped your knees when you feel on the pavement still
screaming Steve’s name, but he was long gone. Wanda found you and wrapped her
arms around your shoulders, shushing you the best she could before you passed
out on the sofa.
You were too exhausted to think, but it was the middle of the
week and you had to go to work. Wanda stayed with you. The next day, she made
sure you ate something before you went to work.
When you came home you tried to call Bucky or Dot, but they
didn’t even know that you and Steve had a fight.
“Thanks for letting me stay, man.” Steve said as Sam, his
work buddy, showed him the spare room.
“No worries. I know the feeling.” He patted Steve’s back and
gave him a sympathetic smile. “You can stay as long as you like.”
if you were to make a video detailing the worst of your experiences today that'd honestly be spectacular
-why isn’t there a white friday
-nearly physically fighting over the last chocolate then almost running me over when i pulled out more
-making me show them the back room because they thought the backdoor was the portal to Narnia went the room is actually the size of a walk in closet
-“are these on sale?” “yes, buy one get one.” “i thought you said they were on sale.” “yeah, they’re bogo.” “i don’t care what they’re called. are. they. on. sale?”
-a woman trying to get 100 bogo popcorn tins and wanting us to drive with her to her house, “can i speak to a manager?” “i am the manager.” “lord help us all.”
-“this says limit two per customer.” “yeah, you can only buy two per person.” “what if i wanted three?” “then it wouldn’t be on sale…” “WHAT IF i came back dressed in different clothes and bought two more?”
and all of that before 8 am!
THESE MOTHER EFFERS RIGHT HERE ARE THE NAPKINS OF THE GODS. I HAD A FRIEND RECOMMEND THEM TO ME AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT, THEY CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER. THESE THINGS ARE BLACK MAGIC PADS. THEY ARE SO THIN IT FEELS LIKE YOUR GOING COMMANDO IN YOUR PANTIES, THEY HAVE A SKINNIER FRONT AND A WIDER BACK TO COVER FOR THE NATURAL CHANNEL YOUR BUTTCRACK CREATES WHEN YOURE ON YOUR PERIOD. AND THEY DONT GIVE YOU AN UNWANTED WAGGING TAIL IN YOUR UNDERWEAR EITHER. I BLEED LIKE A STUCK PIG AND IVE ALWAYS USED SUPER HUGE THICK PADS WITH HAMSTER BEDDING FLUFF IN THEM AND THEY ALWAYS GOT NASTY AND FILLED UP AND WET AND I GOT PAD WEDGIES WHEN I GOT HOT AND SWEATY BECAUSE MOTHER NATURE DOES NOT STOP WHEN SUMMER COMES AROUND. THESE INFINITY THINGS ARE MIND BLOWING. IF YOU HAVE A HEAVY FLOW LIKE ME YOU KNOW THE FEELING OF YANKING YOUR PANTS DOWN WHEN YOU GO PEEPEE AND HAVING THE WHOLE TOP LAYER OF YOUR PAD FLOWING WITH THE RED RIVER AND EVEN THOUGH YOU JUST CHANGED IT YOU GON HAVE TO CHANGE IT AGAIN BECAUSE YOU CANT LIVE LIKE THIS. BUT THESE MOTHER EFFERS RIGHT HERE, NO NO NO NOT TODAY. I DONT KNOW WHERE THE BLOOD GOES BUT THESE THINGS ARE THE PORTAL TO NARNIA BECAUSE WHEN YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM EVEN IF YOUVE BEEN WEARING THIS SUCKER FOR 5 HOURS IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR PERIOD, THERE IS ONE SMALLISH PATCH OF BLOOD THATS MANAGED TO GASP ITS WAY UP FROM NARNIA. THATS ALLYOU SEE. ONE FRIGGIN PATCH AND LO AND BEHJOLD WHEN YOU TURN THAT PUPPY OVER YOU CAN SEE THE SHADOW OF WHERE THE REST OF YOUR UTERUS HAS BEEN SOAKED INTO THE ENTIRE REST OF THE PAD BUT THERES ONLY THAT ONE SPOT OF NASTINESS THATS BEEN TOUCHING YOU. THE REST HAS BEEN LOCKED AWAY IN PERIOD JAIL. I DONT KNOW HOW THEY DID IT (obviously someone sold their soul to crowley) BUT THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING AND THE SAME PRICE FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF PADS YOUD USE ANYWAYS. AND IF YOU GET THEM SOON YOU EVEN GET A FREE NIFTY LITTLE PAD POCKET THINGIE. GO AND GET THESE THINGS. IM SERIOUS YOU WONT REGRET IT.
I'm new to following this blog, and I wanted to ask what the basic premise of your story is? It seems really fascinating!
Esrevell is a realm that is parallel/alternate to ours, the two realms are connected through rips inbetween the realities that are called portals/gates/seams (think like Narnia)
it is magic based whereas ours is science based, so if you took technology to Esrevell it wouldn’t work, and since it is magic based all mythical/fantastical creatures exist there
Dragons, mermaids, vampires, all of them have stumbled through into our world at one point or another, and that is where we get all our myths/lore from
As for the actual story, here’s a quick summary:
Nadine Salus has spent her whole life looking for where she belongs. Her only guide, a magical necklace she’s had with her as long as she can remember.
When two magical beings appear to break her out of a police station with promises of home and answers, it doesn’t take her long to agree.
But this new world isn’t quite what it seems, and Nadine soon learns that she’s been part of a bigger story since she was born.
Struggling to find where she fits in only gets harder when she’s thrown into the middle of a hundred year war. Now Nadine must decide which side she’s on, who to trust, and what her role is in the conflict to come.
Making and losing friends along the way, Nadine must face this new adventure, and be prepared to give everything for a world she never knew she would call home.
For every 🌟 I receive, I’ll share one fun fact about the muse.
After he met Soren, Ike was curious about wind magic, and would spend time out in the woods “practicing” while gathering up firewood. By practice, I mean he would fling his arm out and go “WHOOSH” to see if he could make the wind move how he wanted.
Ike once used one of Mist’s staves to kill a spider. He cracked the jewel on it, and got squashed spider all over it to boot.
Despite being uncomfortable in small spaces, if there’s a cat in a box just big enough for him to join, Ike will wedge himself into that damn box like he’s looking for the portal to Narnia.
I’m either in a state of “brain too scrambled for writing, need to calm down” or “brain too tired to write, need to energize” with the in between existing but getting there is like trying to find the portal to fucking Narnia
Peter: Disoriented at first. He felt a strange relief at the sudden lift from responsibility, but soon it drove him crazy. He got depressed for a little while, and sometimes isolated himself.
Susan: She missed her independence. For months, she felt trapped in a cage. In Narnia, she could run the castle, plan outings, decorate things the way she wanted. The lack of control was hard to bite when things didn’t go her way in England.
Edmund: Acted as if nothing was wrong. He tried to put on a brave face and said they all needed to adjust to England. But, when he was alone, he was terrified he would slip into his old habits without Narnia. He was scared he would become worse.
Lucy: Cried for several hours upon first returning. She desperately missed Narnia and the potential of being so close to Aslan. Spent months after searching for different portals into Narnia again. However, out of the four, she never doubted they’d be back. Not once.
In a book I'm plotting my protagonist from Earth accidentally stumbles upon a completely different (fantasy) world. I'm afraid this already sounds cliche, how would I go about making this work?Thanks and love the blog.
Stories like these are portal fantasies, making them a subgenre of fantasy. Therefore, the stumbling onto a fantasy world is not a cliche itself, but how it happens can be cliche.
How did they get there?
There are two different ways characters can find worlds through the portal means:
Accidental: Examples include Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Stardust. There are tons of ways characters can accidentally stumble upon another world. They might be looking for something else, they might be chasing something, they might fall into something, an experiment might go wrong, they might take a wrong turn…
Shown: Examples include Harry Potter and Peter Pan. In this situation, someone else brings your character to this hidden world through the portal. If your character chases this person and ends up in that world (like Alice in Wonderland), I would classify it as accidental. Your character can also be summoned from a person within the fantasy world.
Now you need to come up with the portal. The portal does not have to be an actual portal. The portal in Peter Pan is flying to the second star on the right, straight on ‘til morning. The portal in The Chronicles of Narnia is the wardrobe. In Harry Potter, it’s the two walls (one to Diagon Alley and one to the train). Some portals can be summoned (Halloween Town II).
Holes in things (bushes, the ground, etc.)
Cliches and Things to Avoid:
The character immediately wants to go back home or spends the whole time trying to get back home.
The characters in the fantasy world reflect the characters in the real world.
The fantasy world is perfect with maybe one or two villains. Eradicating them restores the fantasy world to perfection.
Avoid wish fulfillment.
The protagonist becomes the savior of this world despite being an outsider who knows next to nothing about that world.
Things I Don’t See Often in Portal Fantasies:
Characters from both worlds travel back and forth.
People already know about the portal prior to the beginning of the story.
People from the fantasy world come into our world*.
The portal is regulated and guarded.
There is more than one portal.
Our world is the fantasy world*.
Traveling through the portal has some side effects on the character (long term or short term).
*There is a difference between these two. In the first one, the story would start in our world and the POV character(s) would be in our world. In the second one, the story would start in the fantasy world and the POV character would travel to our world.