The first story I ever read in full was The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien. It was this book that made me fall in love with the genre all those years ago. I was 9 years old.
However it was before even that that the seeds of adventure were sewn into my mind. The stories of heroes such as Robin Hood and King Arther, Hercules and Alexander, that were told to me long before I could read. It was these tales that shaped fantasy literature to what it is, inspiring countless writers along the way.
It was whilst reading David Gemmell's Morningstar that I came up with the inspiration for this challenge. Whilst Morningstar is an original heroic fantasy tale, I couldn't help butpick out the similarities between this and the old Robin Hood stories. At first I though of it as David Gemmell stealing ideas from a classic, legendary tale. But as I read more I noticed that these subtle similarities were intentional. It was his own re-telling of the great tale. He'd been inspired by Robin Hood and thought, 'wouldn't it be cool if, instead of facing off against the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood had to face Vampyres instead.'
Thus this challenge was born.
The challenge is this;
Select a number, 1 - 10. You will be issued with a legend of old. I want you to take inspiration from this hero and his adventures and write a story of your own. Your story can include the character you are paired with, but it doesn't have to. I'd just like you to take inspiration from it.
Example. You are paired with Moses. You can decide to re-tell the story Moses and the freeing of the Jews. Or write a tale about a warrior names Ryan (or Rhianne)who frees his people from tyranny by calling down fire from the heavens. (Sorry for the poor example but I'm just trying to make sure you guys get it.)
You can write either short story or novel, it's up to you. The challenge more suits a short story, but if you can prove me wrong, then do so. The deadline for the challenge is September 28th so that gives you plenty of time, should you decide to write a novel.
I decided to start with 10 places but there are 5 reserve places up for grabs for any late comers.
I don't have much to offer in the prize department, but it's no competetion without prizes so;
1st place. I'll become you fan, although, most likely, I already am. I will also read 5 pieces of your work and your winning piece will be presented on my profile.
2nd place. I'll become you fan, although, most likely, I already am. I will also read 3 pieces of your work and your runners-up piece will be presented on my profile.
The will also be an award for best character. For this, I'll become you fan, although, most likely, I already am HAHA. I will also read 2 pieces of your work and your piece will be presented on my profile.
With out further delay, let's begin. Best of luck with the challenge guys.