I was inspired to write this article as a response to the excellent article written by Ben Blake. Now I have always liked Ben both as an author and a person but in this case, he is wrong. Sorry Ben.
He states that fighting in sci-fi film is unrealistic, more akin to dog fights in WWII and that that missile fired from miles away would be more realistic. Firstly, dog fights are way more interesting to watch. Secondly and more importantly along with energy weapons they also have shielding and deflectors which makes the types of missiles he talks about redundant and therefore you would have to use energy weapons. I have proof, well not actual proof as unlike Harry Potter Star Wars is made up. In the first film Luke has to fly under the shield and deflectors to fire a missile in to the exhaust port.
Turning to magic here I do see his point a bit. The example he gives I have seen in a book where the magic users can manipulate time to move faster and kill with sword’s and daggers, it was quite a good book. Now I have read a lot of fantasy and often it works well if the magic makes sense. If there is a magic system of sorts it tends to work better than just have people throwing random fire balls around the place. However it can go to far and over explain where the magic comes from.
In my book, well yes I had to mention that somewhere, I have devised what I hope is an original magic system. It was inspired by another book (bet you can’t guess which one) but have taken one small part and changed it in to a way of making my magic make sense. I know why some people have magical powers and others do not. That information isn’t in the first book, it might come out later, but I hope it makes the magic more constant to the reader. Only time will tell.
If you have read this far (well done by the way if you have, reward yourself with a cake) tell me what you think who is right me or Ben? You will have to read his article as well.