Brandon Sanderson: Not your average fantasy novelist

The Orem Barnes & Noble hosted their annual Authorpalooza event Sept. 18 highlighting local writers, headlining fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. Those familiar with the fantasy genre may know of Sanderson from his popular Mistborn trilogy, or as the author chosen to finish the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel 0f Time series. But those unfamiliar with his work may be pleasantly surprised to find that his stories are not what you would normally expect from your average fantasy novel. Have you ever felt like you were reading the same basic storyline over and over again, but in a different book, with different names? For example: hero sets out on a quest to save the kingdom, rescues the damsel in distress, and they fall in love and live happily ever after. We’ve all heard it. It’s classic. It’s familiar. It gets old after a while. Sanderson understands this. In fact, breaking this stereotype is part of what inspires his writing. “I’m very familiar with the fantasy genre,” Sanderson said. “I’ve read it since I was very young, and I love it. But having read it as much as I have, I see several common themes that tend to come out, and when I write my books they are often reactions to these common themes; taking the genre in different directions, trying to respond to the themes in interesting ways. … What you...

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