I can’t be the only person to finish a book only to realize I have a thing for a specific type of story line. I think that’s easiest to notice in romance where you get a lot of billionaire romances, single fathers, or specific kinks. I edit a lot of romance but generally only read it if it’s combined with another genre, possibly because I edit so much of it that I want to read something different than what I’m editing. However, I noticed something about a certain story line I dig in the fantasy genre and only in the fantasy genre.
So what is it? Magicians falling in love with their apprentices or other magicians. Strangely, I don’t like normal teacher student stories. I think because they are usually contemporary and I don’t like the idea of a teacher preying on a younger student. I never had a crush on any of my teachers either, even the ones a lot of other girls deemed dreamy. I remember one in particular was a long-term substitute named Mr. Gear and while other girls in my class fawned over him, I couldn’t get past how weird it would be to want to date my teacher.
But in fantasy, the set up is different than the modern day relationship between students and teachers and for some reason that makes all the difference for me. The last fantasy I wrote was even along similar lines. Maybe I just have a thing for magicians. But whenever I confess that to my boyfriend, he always tries to do a “Is this your card?” trick. Sometimes he just gives me a dramatic look and in an equally dramatic voice asks the card question without any cards. And then I have to explain I don’t mean that type of magician again.
Now a few examples to show what I’m talking about. I enjoyed The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker.
I also like stories about magicians falling in love in general. Think The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I absolutely loved. Really anything about magicians and falling in love I dig for some mysterious reason.
I’m on the hunt for more books along similar lines about magicians in adult and young adult. If anyone knows of any, you should tell me so I can keep indulging in this odd taste of mine.