|Pokemon's Latios & Latias|
Fantasy needs some innovation, especially since e-readers are becoming the new books. Readers want more out of their stories and since most teens/kids spend eight hours a day online, it is essential we captivate them. And fast.
If you have kids, take a moment, sit and enjoy one of their favorite cartoons, or watch your son/ daughter play a video game. Ask questions about what's taking place. Who are you fighting? Why are you fighting? What powers do they have? What's the story about? Not only is this a great way to bond, but the information you can garner from cartoons and video games is immense. Learning what works and what doesn't in these tropes can enhance or birth your own ideas. For instance, the hottest thing out right now for cartoons is Naruto and Ben 10.
Naruto is perhaps the most unique and thrilling ninja tale I have ever seen. Not to be a fan girl and swoon, but it basically comprises all the elements of great fantasy:
1) Unique Power
3) Huge Stakes
4) Unstoppable Villain
5) Friends 'til the end
Though nothing new, Naruto took these tired old bones and mended them with a little sugar, spice and everything nice. So, for those of you who write for kids/teens what are some of your favorite teen shows? What channels have you subscribed to on Youtube? Do you know who Shane Dawson is? Do you play Minecraft or Skyrim? Do you watch the CW? And more importantly, do you know what is a "Dougie"?