Once more I am reading a book where a human gets sucked into another world. This can be another dimension, alternate universe, Fairy Land, or Alien Planet. In this case, it is a 17-year old girl with tragedy and attitude on her side whammying her head into a land of fairies and elves. Now don’t get me wrong, there are lots of things that I am enjoying about this book. But let me use this scenario as an example of a standard I bump into in scifi/fantasy:
- Human is injured/In wrong place at wrong time
- Human ends up in foreign, unbelievable world/place/universe
- Story is told through Human’s eyes – showing their disbelief and confusion
- Said Human is often rude and sarcastic
OK. So, perhaps I want to hear this story told from the other side. I want to hear from the elf and what he thinks about this idiot, unknown, alien that has appeared in his world that is by turns insulting and weepy. I think this would be infinitely more entertaining. Instead of seeing this story through my peevish American culture, it would be told through the other culture and I think I would get so much more out of the adventure. Of course, that would take more effort on the author’s part.