I know, I know. I sound like a broken record. But I want to talk about magic systems. Again. Steph, can't you think of any new posts??
recently finished reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was amazingly
written and the imagery was awesome. But the thing that got me, was
the magic system. It was such a unique idea. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD SO IF
YOU DON'T WANT TO READ SPOILERS, DON'T READ ON. I love that the magic
was based on wishes in the human world. And it had something to do
with those teeth Brimstone was always making Karou pick up. But when
Akiva revealed that magic came from the pain of the teeth, that's when
it got me. I thought it was beautiful. A real cycle and reason why not
everyone has magic. And a balance! Loss and gain equaling out. How
is that not beautiful? It was just inborn magic or learned magic
(though those are still viable ways of getting magic), but had another
little twist to the magic system.
I'm still struggling a little bit with my magic system. And when I
think about DoSaB, it makes my magic system seem ordinary. But that's
okay. As long as the magic system follows the rules at all times, it
will still work as a magic system. I have rules. I think they make
sense, but something's definitely nagging me about it. Did I make it
too convoluted? (I feel like sometimes I definitely fall into that
category). Did I explain it well? And I don't want to finish a novel
with a concept that's still nagging me. I think this might be another
time where I need another set of eyes. And then if I need to, I can go
back and revise.
Magic systems can be tricky, especially creating and then following
those rules. I can only hope that mine makes sense and if it doesn't,
then it's back to the drawing board.