The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
fantasy tales set within the martial arts traditions and philosophies of China.
- Traditionally fantasy so consider that as your audience.
- If you’re adventurous, you can expand your story into such diverse art forms as Chinese opera, manhua, television dramas, films, and video.
- Most stories in this genre are set in ancient China, certainly pre-modern.
- The name refers to a martial artist that follows the code of “xia”–maybe a swordsman though it doesn’t require s/he wield a sword.
- Heroes often come from lower social classes, not nobility.
- Heroes follow a code of chivalry that requires they redress wrongs, fight for righteousness, remove oppressors, and right past wrongs.
- Many start with a young man wronged early in life who sets out to right the tragedy with martial arts’ skills.
- The value system can be summed up: “He treasures the state, friendship, duty, promises, kindness, vengeance, honor, and righteousness more than his own life.”
- Here’s a quote from Sima Qian that explains the character well: “He is honest in words, effective in action, faithful in keeping promises, fearless in offering his own life to free the righteous from bondage.”
I left the names of the books out because often, they were in Chinese. If this genre interests you (like it does me), search for the author and you’ll find their writing.
- books by Jin Yong (like The Smiling, Proud Wanderer)
- stories by Gu Long
- stories by Huang Yi
- books by Liang Yusheng (like Qiijian Xia Tianshan)
- Wen Ruian
- Liang Yusheng
- Sima Ziyan
- Xiao Yi
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any X-Z genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.