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I would greatly prefer this thread be about what makes a good magic system and where some systems fall down, and how much you actually need to show of your magic system.
Please remember to respect your fellow authors when you criticize their works!
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1: So, moderators are just allowed to completely change the whole point of a thread? That makes it seem like the moderators are the only posters with any actual agency.
2: I created this thread to get people thinking about how easy it is to make a magic system seem pointless and confusing, so that writers creating magic systems who see this realize why they really need to think about how their systems work. Trust me, when a magic system breaks its rules or has no rules, people are not going to enjoy it. Look at what happened with midichlorians in Star Wars if you want a good example.
What, in your opinion, is the worst magic system in any piece of fiction you know of and why?
For me, it's Harry Potter's magic system due to the fact that it has no consistent rules.
I've noticed that a lot of people cite Brandon Sanderson's video lectures, and I also notice that they sometimes feel that that a system can ONLY be hard OR soft, and you need a million concrete, specific rules for your hard magic system (like actually calculating how much "mana" a spell costs and how much mana your characters regen over time. Unless you're making a video game, you do not need to do this). It's similar to how people see advice like "don't use adverbs" and take it 100%. I also have seen a lot of people do anything possible to create a 100% unique, original magic system that's like nothing else that ever existed. You don't need to do that. Things based on the four elements have been done for ages, what Avatar did to make it compelling was mixing the different styles of martial arts and how the elements affected the cultures of the different nations (and their world views, morals etc). I just get kinda salty when I see people hamstringing their creativity because they feel like they NEED to follow rules that Someone Online made up, because if they don't they will never become the next Game of Thrones.
Gandalf is supposed to be magiic, right?
Sorry that was supposed to be my reply, not a quote. Weird stuff keeps happening when I try to quote and reply using Brave on my tabletAnd clever. If he was able to get the giant eagles to bring the hobbits back from Mordor to elftland or wherever, why didn't he think to have an eagle fly Frodo to Mt Doom in the first place instead of slogging through snowdrifts and caves and deserts and whatnot.