‘Same same, but different.’ ~A Thai colloquialism.
Often used in the market to sell you something not the same at all But also used for subtle nuance and drawing connections cross-culturally.
Comp titles. As a reader, I love them! But as an author… let’s just say it’s complicated.
Maybe I overthink the process. Wouldn’t be the first time But I always worry it’ll end up misleading. Especially for stories that are a bit more niche. Or comping very well known works.
Is some basic allegory and one chapter heavily inspired by the Lucy/Aslan dynamic really enough to compare my debut with one of the most beloved Christian Fantasy novels of all time?
So, instead of sharing comps I’ve come up with, here are some connections my brilliant readers have felt strongly enough to comment on!
- If you have read Margaret Rogerson’s ‘An Enchantment of Ravens’, then this book is right up your alley! It’s got the fairytale vibes, the unlikely heroine, and her struggle to love and accept herself as he is. ~Goodreads
- Beautiful, lyrical writing with a creative storyline and intriguing characters. Sucks you into a world of magic, darkness, and light and helps you see the world differently. Reminiscent of the Tales of Goldstone Wood. ~Goodreads
- This novel reminds me a bit of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress but with a more subtle allegory for our modern age. ~Amazon
- It reminded me of a cross between Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengel and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. ~Amazon
- A thrilling, imaginative quest story that reminded me of all my favorite old medieval quests with whispers of Narnia and a bit of a Christopher Nolan’s Inception thrown in. ~Amazon