I have had a vague idea for a fantasy novel floating around in my head for a few years... I'd like to have some opinions on whether or not it will work. Basically, it will be a dystopia, with recurring legends of how things used to be, a utopia akin to Eden. In the beginning (utopia), everyone knew their purpose in life at birth. There is a hierarchy, though not in any descending order, just with storytellers at the top. Storytellers are gifted with long life, so that they were alive for many of the stories they tell. Their main purpose (not just in plot development but in the actual world itself) is to remind people of how things used to be, and the importance of following their destiny. Perhaps it will not be openly stated that storytellers are at the top, but be a recurring theme throughout the novel/series, that it is important to have people who remember the past, or something like that. The utopia existed because everyone knew their purpose, and followed through with it. Things ran smoothly. The utopia dissolved because one person (or perhaps an army of them) thought their purpose was lowly (toying with the idea of it being something to do with death, a Sender perhaps, like the summoners in Final Fantasy X) and sought something more for themselves. The main character will, by some series of circumstances that are hopefully more original than in Final Fantasy I, be responsible for taking down the head guy who caused the dystopia. Main character will, perhaps, have doubts about his own predestined purpose, but through the course of the novel, will learn through experience and storytellers the importance of following his/her path. Eventually he/she will succeed in restoring the utopia. The end. The first thing I want to know is, do you think it could work? That is, will it be engaging, as well as possible? I think that if I can pull it off, it can be a work that many people can relate to, with the theme of destiny, and even the religious undertones (although I will not include those purposely, I think it's kind of inevitable what with the Eden thing). The second thing is, does it remind you of any other works? Have you read something similar? Was the book good? Good enough for me to know the plot and themes work? Not so good that it will completely overshadow my work? Is this, in your opinion, any kind of cliche? At least, I think most books have to include cliche... people have written about just about everything there is... but is my idea sufficiently original?