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Highlights from Patrick Rothfuss' Reddit AMA

Reddit, for those that haven't heard of it or used it, is a news site where users submit content and vote it up or down.  One of the things that keep it popular is it's use of "sub-reddits" which are like micro-communities inside of it.  So instead of having to sort through all kinds of stuff, you can go straight to the section on photography, books, movies, games, etc.  Something else they often do is "AMA" which stands for "Ask Me Anything" and they often get well known people do do them.  Here are highlights from one Patrick Rothfuss' AMA.  

Q: One of my favorite things about your books is the way magic works in Kvothe's world. What fantasy series or books did you draw on for inspiration on that front and what do you think makes for a good magic system for a fantasy world?
Patrick Rothfuss:  I drew more inspiration from the real world than from any fantasy novel. The Hermetic tradition is pretty well established.
I should probably give a nod to Master of the Five Magics though. That book had systematized magic, and I really enjoyed it when I was younger.

Q: Hey Pat, I'm wondering if you can legitimately wrap up everything from The Kingerkiller Chronicles in one more book without rushing the overall story? As it stands now I honestly just can't see a way you can wrap it up in one book without it being the size of the first two and more.
PR: Yes. The story wraps up in book three. I've said this a bunch of times in a bunch of places.

Q: I love the The Kingkiller Chronicle so far. As the trilogy is nearing completion, do you have any ideas forming about what you are going to write after?
PR: Yeah. I'm thinking it might be fun to do a little urban fantasy. It would be nice to write some nice, short books for a change. 100-120K. Something full of sex and violence and cussing and weregoats.

Q: What are your top novels this year?
PR: Ready Player One and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Buy them and read them. They're awesome.

Q: It took me a long time to realize that the longer Kvothe stayed with Felurian, the more he started speaking in rhyme. That was amazing. Was it difficult to pull off so subtly?
PR:  Yes. It was hard.

Q: what's up with Denna? I bet if you held an auction where the winner gets to specify the manner of her death, you'd never have to work again.
PR: If the story was told inside of Denna's perspective, I wonder if people would hate Kvothe the way that they hate her.

Q:  My favourite aspect of Kingkiller is that Kvothe doesn't win conflict through luck and willpower (Harry Potter) or power and willpower (Dresden), but rather through smarts and willpower. (If you have read Butcher's Codex Alera, the character of Tavi is somewhat similar in this aspect).
How do you go about planning and executing these action sequences? It strikes me that having a protagonist win by smarts must be much harder to write than having him win simply because he wants it more. Even harder than that, I suspect, is having the smarts seem genuine and not simply a matter of authorial fiat.
PR:  Yeah. It's harder to write.But it pays off in the long run, because then your characters don't suffer what I think of as terminal escalation.
Here's what I mean:  If your characters overcome problems because they're all badass powerful, you can only challenge them by throwing more and more dangerous threats against them. Then the characters have to become more powerful still to overcome those challenges.  This works fine for a story or two, But pretty soon the only things that can threaten your characters are Satan himself, black holes and Newscorp.  But if characters overcome problems by being clever, they don't constantly level-up power wise. That means you can keep bringing in drama and tension without having to bring in Apocalypse. You follow me?
Q:  Are you planning or in the process of writing any other stories set in the same world? 
PR: Yup. At least one of them will be coming out next year. Maybe two.

SOURCE: reddit AMA

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