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THE CHOSEN ONE?

Alex Davis puts the case for and against contemporary interpretations of a well-worn fantasy trope

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The Dark Tower, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Matrix… what do all these famous stories have in common? Why, they feature some stripe of the ‘chosen one’ character, of course. That’s just a handful of very popular recent examples too – there are far too many to name here. And while these tales span genres, subgenres and age ranges, the concept of the ‘chosen one’ is a surprisingly common one in fantastical fiction. To try to lay down a definition, we meet an individual who we first confront in everyday situations (be that ‘everyday’ in the world as we know it or ‘everyday’ in another setting entirely), and then gradually come to realise they are anything but ordinary, be it some incredible item or ability they are bequeathed in a family legacy or some latent power that is about to be unleashed. There is often some element of fate, destiny or prophesy to go alongside that as well.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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