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Bees and Wenches: Kim Alexander Expands on the Chosen One Trope

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Okay, this is going to be a difficult one. We’ve been talking about the elements of world building, and specifically world building for your very own fantasy novel, and this one is going to be about one of the most common, nearly unavoidable tropes that ever troped: the Chosen One. You know how it works. One minute you’re a milkmaid, or a farm boy, or the illegitimate child of a nasty nobleman, and the next you have ninja-level fighting skills, magic you can’t control, or (if you’re super lucky) a dragon drops from the sky and declares undying devotion (in Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice, ‘Why not?’) Now you’re probably thinking I’m going to advise against using the device in your fantasy…

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