As some of you may remember, I mentioned in my first writing post that I’m currently writing a YA Fantasy novel!
Today I’m going to be talking a little more about that!
Now keep in mind that I’m really bad at ~explaining things~ and… I hope you still enjoy this little post!
I’m also open to suggestions if there’s something you’re confused about or don’t like.
Criticism is welcome! Just be nice about my feelings!
Four years ago, Prince Elias’ sister was the heir to the throne. But when she was killed by a dragon, he became the heir to the throne in her place. And despite his father’s encouragement and the kingdom’s hatred of dragons, he chooses to secretly disagree with the decision to make him king some day.
After all the kingdom has been through since the princess’s death, Prince Elias believes that her death was his fault. And now that it’s his time to take the crown, chaos begins to break loose between the dragons and the royals, and Elias’ secrets are about to be spilled.
Told through alternating chapters between Elias’ life before and after the princess’s death, this is a story of acceptance, understanding, a little bit of betrayal.
All right, it’s time to introduce you all to my main characters!
Most of these names will probably change by the time I finish the first draft. I’m open to name suggestions!
Prince Elias: The narrator, and your typical sassy MC prince with a backstory™.
Four years ago, his sister was killed by a dragon, causing him to be the heir to the throne instead of her. He never asked for any of this, and he’s been having trouble adjusting.
But he also knows that his sister’s death, in addition to many other things, was his fault. He knows why that dragon killed her, but he can’t tell anyone.
Three days before his sister’s death, he was taken hostage by the leader of the dragons, the Elder, and instead of killing Elias on the spot, he made a deal with the prince: Prince Elias was spared, but he now must live the rest of his life “wishing he was dead”, and Elias must also obey anything the Elder tells him to do.
Princess Adelaide: Elias’ older sister, who has been dead for four years. She was supposed to eventually become Queen of the kingdom, but everything changed when she was mysteriously killed by a dragon. Before her death, Elias had advocated for the dragons because they hadn’t killed anyone in years, but now, he’s not so sure where his alliance lies. No one knows why Princess Adelaide was roaming the forest that night, or why she approached the dragons… expect for the prince.
Peter: An orphan boy, raised by the servants of the castle, who grew up as Prince Elias’ best friend. When Princess Adelaide was killed years ago, he was accused of endangerment. The King then banned him from acquainting with anyone from the castle, including the servants who raised him. No one has seen him since then.
Have you ever seen BBC’s Merlin? If Prince Elias is Arthur, Peter is a lot like Merlin in this situation.
Princess Rose: Elias’ younger sister, the baby of the royal family. Before Adelaide’s death, she never had to pay much attention to Elias because their older sister was usually there for her.
Celestine: A princess from another nearby kingdom, whom Elias knew when he was younger. They never got along, but now she might make another appearance in his life…
Dragons: The dragons have been persecuted from the very beginning, ever since Prince Elias’ ancestors took the land from them and made it their own kingdom. Now, the dragons live at the edge of the kingdom, and the King’s men are trained to kill the dragons whenever they show themselves in broad daylight. In turn, the Dragons promise themselves to kill any royal who crosses into their territory.
But this becomes a problem when Prince Elias breaks tradition by letting The Elder spare his life.
The original inspiration for this story was, well… the Disney Princes.
But let me explain.
So I’m a huge Disney fan, yeah? A few years ago, I was really wondering why Disney never had a movie which centered around a prince as the main character (and no, Aladdin doesn’t count because he wasn’t born a prince, okay? Also The Emperor’s New Groove doesn’t count either. He’s an emperor!). I wanted a story that was the equivalent of, say, Prince Phillip’s side of the story. I wanted to see a Disney Prince grow up and have troubles, too. I wanted something traumatic to happen to a Disney Prince, something other than the “love of their life” (whom they just met yesterday) being taken away from them. Basically, I wanted to see some poor prince have his dreams crushed and be forced to find a way to fix it, just like most of the Disney Princesses have to go through.
Is that too much to ask?
However, I also wanted this story to be… not-so-typical. What if the Prince didn’t like slaying dragons or being a knight? What if he didn’t care about being the prince? What if… he wanted some solo songs of his own?
And then, of course, I love dragons, so I threw those in, too.
Because this story started off as basically a Disney movie in my head, the story incorporates signing. Like, a lot. It’s a major part of the plot! It’s a lot like Tangled, in that sense, wherein the characters actually acknowledge the spontaneous singing.
It’s basically like this:
I took whatever Classic Disney movies would do, and then I flipped that upside-down.
- Prince Elias? He doesn’t want to slay the dragon, OR save the Princess.
- But he also has reasons…
- And many many secrets 😉
- The princess? Not only can she save herself (thank you very much), but she’ll also save the prince, too.
- The King and Queen? They’re alive and dandy. They just want their son to be a Man™.
- The servant? He actually doesn’t mind being a servant, as long as he can still be the Prince’s Best Friend.
- He just wants to be a baker, tbh.
- The dragons? Yes, they want gold… but they also want books and weird collectors items.
- AND… they have secrets too 😉
- Oh yeah, and the citizens? They’re not allowed to sing. No one in the kingdom is allowed to sing.
- And guess who wants to sing the most?
- The PRINCE.
- And best of all, that upstart young dragon that’s causing havoc around the kingdom? That’s the Prince, too.
I really wish, with all of my heart, that I could share EVERYTHING with you guys… but I’m so scared because some of you are also writers, and I don’t want you to steal my stuff! 😉
I mean, I already think I’ve said too much…
Which is why I’m putting out a creative commons license.
Some of you asked if I had a title for this WIP in my last writing update. While it’s a little too early in the writing process for me to actually give it a name I like, I have had one in mind for a while.
Because this book was originally inspired by Disney movies (Tangled and Frozen in particular), this novel’s placeholder title is Caged for now!
A Little Snippet…
Here’s the first few paragraphs for you all!
On today of all days, I’m finding it difficult to feel anything on a bright and sunny afternoon.
There is no sound in the air, nothing but the wind in the heavy trees, passing through branches which hang high above the stones protruding from the ground. I wish the rain would pour down at this very moment, for it would be infinitely easier to bear this day in such weather.
As I pass through the gravel aisle, between countless intricately made headstones, I don’t wonder who they belong to or why they are all of such high quality. Despite what you’ve probably heard about sticking to traditions, each headstone is different. Some are as tall as trees and written in a language I will never understand, while others are smaller and inscribed as though painted with an inkbrush. And others are yet somewhere in between, not overly large but just enough to show off their spot on the family tree. Beside their differences, all of their headstones are lightly dusted in a green earth or dirt, all eerie in their own way. Barons, Countesses, Dukes, Kings, and Queens, all somehow related to me, but there’s only one person in this graveyard who I’ve met before. I know they are all my ancestors, but my only concern is with the headstone at the end of the isle, the most recent stone in the patch.
I’ve had an image of it in my head for weeks, months and years even, but I had not grown the courage to visit it until now. As I get closer, I realize how much differently my imagination had pictured it from the way it is in real life. This headstone is not as abandoned as the others – it is cleaner, and brighter, and overall a more delicate addition to the cemetery. However, the main difference between this one and others is that this headstone is visited daily by various citizens of our kingdom, which I now know because I see an assortment of trinkets, flowers, and other worthless offerings at the foot of the stone. That, and the fact that this is the only headstone which belongs to my late sister.
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Happy writing, everyone! 😀