Too much!

I’m sure everyone has read multiple different books about multiple different types of characters, right?
One has wizards, dwarfs, elves, and dragons. Others have vampires and werewolves, but it begs the question is there such a thing as too many races in one novel?

Speaking from experience my opinion is yes. However, most people I asked said that it depends on how it’s weaved together and to makes sure they’re all relevant.

Now I’m not saying it can’t be done, because I’m sure there have been people who have intertwined all of them, I’m just saying for me it would be a bit much. From what I have noticed, most different races of fantasy creatures follow a big-time theme. Dungeons and dragons goes back to middle ages as well as elves or dwarfs.

But where would a mermaid fit in?

Now if the story tends to be a time traveling theme, that would help a lot!

When I first began writing Kaneji I was guilty of putting too many races of creatures. It made me feel like I didn’t think it out well enough as well as was just being lazy and throwing things out there, so I made some adjustments and made it work for me.

So I guess this post is mostly for writers instead of readers. Which is totally fine for us to remind ourselves that we need to do our due diligence and make sure our story correctly flows.


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