Gosh I’m bad at writing post titles sometimes. But that’s ok, hopefully the post itself will make up for it!
So here’s a thing I’ve noticed in sci-fi/fantasy books. The characters and the stories usually don’t have a lot going on outside of the sci-fi/fantasy aspects and, usually, the romance. No hobbies or passions or interests or pasttimes. Occasionally they’ll have some interest, but it won’t really be part of the book. Everyone’s too busy solving the mystery of the supernatural murders or stopping the baddies from taking over the world or trying to woo each other.
And that’s fine! There’s nothing wrong with those books. But, just because a book is SFF, that doesn’t mean it can’t have anything in it that’s not SFF in and of itself. I just would like more books in which some sort of hobby or interest or setting is an integral part of the story because I think there’s so much potential for a lot of interesting and unique stories!
Some ideas for things that could be combined with sci-fi/fantasy in books:
– circus (before you say anything, I know there are quite a few books out there with circus settings, but they rarely ever are about performers or the actual circus acts)
– visual art (painting, sculpting, photography, woodworking, etc.)
– food & drink (baking, cooking, restaurants, bartending, food in general)
– rural areas
And what would really be great is books where it’s not just a hobby for the character that they do a couple times in the book but something that the story really revolves around. Different passions and hobbies and jobs and settings are interesting to me, I love learning more about them and experiencing them through a book, but they’re also things that haven’t been done a whole lot yet in SFF. That leaves a lot of room open for authors to find ways to combine them with fantasy or sci-fi elements to make really unique stories.
If you want some recommendations for SFF books about unique passions, I have a post about that here! (Although the stories themselves are not necessarily about the characters’ passions.) If you have any recommendations, be sure to leave them in the comments!