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  • Writer's pictureKristina Elyse Butke

The "What If" Fantasy Tag

Gold flecks in blue background - The "what If" fantasy tag
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This is a little different tag than usual, filled with fantastical scenarios that ask you to consider books, but also what you'd do in certain situations. It comes from The Invisible Moth and Daley Downing filled out the original tag. Let's dive into it!


Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. The cast of the most recent fantasy book you read comes to your assistance...who are they? Will they be helpful?

The cover to Oak King Holly King

The most recent fantasy book I completed was Sebastian Nothwell's Oak King Holly King, and the lead characters are the fae warrior Shrike and the London clerk Wren. Since they're from the 19th century (well, Wren is...Shrike is fae, so who knows how old he really is?) I don't think they'll be much help in the way of fixing my car. Plus, the car parts might make Shrike sick. Where they would be helpful, though, is getting me to my next destination by passing through the fae realms or what's in long as there's a fairy ring around, of course.

You go to bed one evening and wake up in the lair of the villain of the last fairy tale you read; where are you and how do you plan to get out?

the cover to Six Crimson Cranes

The last fairy tale I read was Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim and the antagonist isn't exactly 100% a villain. The stepmother Queen Raikama, who is a sorceress, sort of has this place she goes to in a forest? I honestly don't remember. I guess it's a kind of lair. Anyway, I'd likely not get out of the woods. I don't have survival training in my head anymore and I'm pretty good at getting lost, so I'd probably starve to death or something.

You are transported into a fantasy realm and given a mythical creature as a companion and best friend...which mythical creature do you get?

Closeup of white snake
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I think I'd like a magical white snake. I know they're not 100% mythical, but in Shinto they're very sacred, and I've seen a bunch of them here in Japan. I'd like a white snake that talks to me and brings me good luck!

In a strange series of coincidences, you end up needing to take the place of your favorite fantasy hero or heroine. Who are you?

I'd take the place of Yeine in N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms just to meet Nahadoth and Sieh.

To go with question #4, now that you are that character, is there anything you would do differently than that character, now that you are running the show? Probably sleep with Nahadoth sooner and more often, lol.

If you were yourself in a fantasy novel, what role do you think you would play in the story?

Fairy in misty field
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I wouldn't mind being the fairy godmother if it was a fairy tale fantasy. Otherwise, honestly, I'd probably be a female side character, like the heroine's friend. I'd like to say I'd be the main heroine, but I think I'm a bit of a train wreck sometimes. I'd be quite a messy heroine to work with. But maybe that would make for a more interesting story?

One morning, as you are going about your daily business, you pick up an everyday item and a voice booms in your head with prophetic words about your future. What object is it, and what is your prophecy?

Rose, black notebook, and mechanical pencil
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I'd pick up a 0.5 mechanical lead pencil that I dropped on the floor and the prophecy would be that I'd be a respected writer and successful enough to make a living off of it without taking on another job to pay the bills.

You are transported into a magical realm and turned into a mythical beast...what beast/fantasy creature do you want to be?

Statue of person riding Unicorn
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I would really love to be a unicorn!

If you could read your way into any fantasy realm, but the catch is that you can never leave, would you? Which realm would you choose?

I wouldn't mind chilling in Lothlorien from The Lord of the Rings. I'd wear gorgeous clothes, have long flowing hair and pretty elf ears, and sing and play the harp.

As you are going about your normal day, you discover that you have a magical power. What is it?

Healing hands
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I'd like the ability to heal people.


This was a lot of fun to fill out! That's why I'm tagging YOU! Add this to your own blog or answer in the comments. I'd love to see your responses. And as always, thank you for reading!


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