So, the other day - yesterday to be exact - I did a post about magical objects, and asked some scathingly brilliant questions . . .
- What is the magical object?
- What does it do?
- How does it do it?
- Why is it important?
- What happens if it is . . . lost? forces of evil gain control of it? it is destroyed?
- What is the big even that will/won't happen without this magical object?
Well, I've realized that the third question - How does it do it? - really isn't that important at all!
Say what?? Well, seriously, people, did Tolkien ever explain how the one ring to rule them all actually worked??? No. All the reader really knew is that the ring could turn the wearer invisible, grant them long life, and slowly eat away at their soul. We, as readers, knew this, but not how the ring did all of this. Tolkien never explained that part to his readers.
The cloak of invisibility from Harry Potter - nope, J.K. never bothered to explain the specifics of how the cloak really worked.
The magic mirror from Snow White? Nope, no explanation given.
Yes, it was an epiphanous (yes, I know, not a word) moment last night when I realized that I don't (call it lazy, call it pure genius on my part) have to explain how the magical object works! Woo-hoo!
Now, I still have to come up with the magical object,figure out what it does, and all that jazz, but a detailed explanation of how it works isn't necessary, and, it probably isn't going to happen.
Well, do readers really need to know how a magical object works? Yes, dear readers, that question is for you. What do you think of this epiphany? Have you read fantasy stories where the author never explained how a magical object work? Did you wonder how it worked or just kept on reading, just knowing it was a magical object, and that was enough?
BTW - I did decide on a magical object and pretty much know what it does. Whew! Yeah, there are a ton of other things I have to figure out, but the whole magical object thingy is pretty much figured out. BTW - Davin had a great suggestion for magical objects, so you might want to check out the comments from yesterday's post.