I'm between Merlin fanfic and history exams at the moment, so expect strange things.
I really love (writing) stories where magic isn't hidden. I've tried comprehending why wizards under go the Masquerade (which is an entirely different rant on Why Wizards Are Bastards), and there's not a particularly good reason for it. Supposing magic had been used at all at one point would imply that certain technologies wouldn't go about existing, certain leaps may have already been made, and if wizards were really so much more powerful than those measly muggles, they could have easily overpowered them if any amount of prejudice came up. Which is why I like the subject of magic unhidden. How would modern society be changed? Would it be stuck in medieval stasis? Would magic be available to everyone? Would laws be changed? Would we have a different moral stand point? How would we feel about religion, the afterlife, human nature, any of that?
Stories that hide their magic avoid these issues.
Maybe it's because I don't like to write in the real world (because that restricts me to the real world, and I'm terrible at that), but I love writing fiction where everyone knows about magic, whether they can use it or not. I like the idea of a modern society infused with magic (see: Supernormal Step
) or a world where it's mainstream.
Which is pretty much what Underdark
is about, so maybe I'm just self-pimping here. Also, more pages of that will appear soon, I promise, I'm just way behind on No Capes and completely and utterly lazy as of recent. It's all this cold weather. I demand it become spring.