Don’t you just love reading fantasy where the good guys/gals defeat the evil ones? Yep, nothing better for both escapism and a certain amount of satisfaction. For very valid reasons, good winning over evil is perhaps the biggest trope there is.
But let me concentrate on the lighter side of the good for a moment, because yes, characters in fantasy can, and do, fall in love. And after all that sword fighting and magic casting, what better way to end the day than snuggling up to someone who knows what you’ve got to deal with? I mean, killing all those pesky monsters who get in the way of a jolly good quest can make one feel like they need more than a hug, am I right?
But when I write love between characters, I like to use visual aids or pictures or photos to give me much needed inspiration. The latest thing I’ve been doing is reading a lot of manga. And wow, some of the artwork there is not only amazing, it’s really inspiring too.
Here’s a couple from artists I love lately:
I deliberately chose the same subject matter (the manga characters Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo, so you can see how two different artists approach the same subject matter of two young men in love). I just love the connection these two artists create between the characters they’ve drawn (my goal when writing such things, of course). It’s pure love. Really inspiring. The look. The touch. The colours. The mood. Everything is working together here to create an impression. Good stuff.
Then again, a lot of manga is drawn like that. Pictures that tell a story in so many way. Ones I love to use as inspiration, as I said. And why not? It’s all so pretty! Then again, a lot of manga is full of angst and darkness. Which I why I like them, too. Sort of a lot like fantasy writing really. Lots of darkness, even grim-darkness, interspersed with light and love! A good balance.
And art, like fiction, should be balanced.
The image above is an example of what I’m talking about. Two young men, clearly in love, meeting in the rain. Classic. And lovely. Just lovely!
And finally, I want to share one more work of art with you. One that’s from inside a beautifully drawn and written manga series, and gets me every time read it. The love is palpable. Goals right there, folks. Goals!
Read from right to left (as it is a Japanese manga comic, not western style)
*Your voice became second nature to me* (fans face) dies!