I'm a low-to-high fantasy sort of person; it's what I enjoy reading, and its definitely what I enjoy writing. All the tropes and cliches in the world can't stop the thrill I feel from learning about new worlds and wishing I could shoot fireballs from my hands. And I know I'm not alone in that! So as a fun, it's-almost-friday-and-we-can-all-relax-maybe sort of thread, what are things you guys really enjoy seeing in a fantasy novel? Or a fantasy story in general? What makes the story 'fantasy' for you? Someone once said something along the lines of "It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons", so I know everyone has their preferences and dislikes. Me, I like a protagonist with a heart of gold who's simply too stupid to realize that his saving people is putting him in mortal danger. Bonus points if he has magic and never says the words "But I just want to be normal!" Also I like maps. All of the maps. How about you guys?