Hello everyone! I've been working on a Fantasy YA story for quite a long time now, and some questions keep sprouting and getting in my way, and I can't seem to dissuade them by myself... So I'm counting on you guys! They're the following: 1. When it comes to YA fiction, escapism is an important factor in the mix. My story is originally set during the late 19th Century (Victorian Era), but I'm not sure if the readers will be able to 'connect' entirely as opposed to a story set in present-day. Does time period matter when it comes to this appeal? 2. Rowling used the terms Muggle and Wizard/Witch to separate her non-magical and magical communities. This fit perfectly in her World Building, as all Wizards/Witches had the ability to use magic (save for an exception here and there). However, that is not the case in my story, and somehow using the term Others seems somewhat overused. What could be other alternatives, or places to look for one? I'm not exactly asking for you to give me the term, but I'm just blocked here. 3. To avoid Deus Ex Machina and other far-too-convenient solutions to my characters' problems, I'm keeping my Magic System as simple and 'low' as possible. Sure, X character could fry you with fire, but sometimes it's just easier to put a bullet in Y character's head, and offensive spells are just too difficult and time-consuming to learn. My problem here? I'm actually thinking using words to trigger these spells, but then again, I think the Magical Language trope is very overused. What do you guys think? These three questions have been nagging at me for some months now, and I can't seem to circumvent them. True enough, if I was to put an original spin on them I shouldn't need to worry that much, but still... Well, I'd really help to read your opinions. I'm sorry for the length of the post and I appreciate all your answers.