I'd like to start with pointing out that this is not for something I intend to write, but pure speculation on why most epic tales are of the farmboy to king nature. Also, if this is the wrong place for this thread I apologize and hope that a friendly soul could move it to the right place! Is there some inherit problem with the whole genre that makes authors unable to create best selling books without having the typical farmboy, learning that he has some sort of hidden power/son of a king/bastard son to a king/etc, then denying this fact, and the whole series is about him learning to fit in to his new position of power so that he can battle some great evil. What I'm asking is, is there a way to make the farmboy->king story more feasible. I have pondered about this for a while now and have come up with a few ideas like a more modern society structure. Then there is also the problem with magic, should it be a gift to those born from the right parents? Should everyone be able to learn it? How should magic be limited, how big influence in society should it have? Very open questions, but this has been bugging me ever since I realised that almost all fantasy books are the same. How can one distinguish oneself in a genre that appears to ignore anything that's different from the norm. It could also be that my experience with these kinds of books is limited and I have just missed the ones that isn't so stereotypical.