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How do fantasy writers decide which of their genre’s longstanding tropes and mores to abide by and which to break? Alicia Jasinska (The Midnight Girls), Vanessa Len (Only a Monster) and C.S. Pacat (Dark Rise) have each written themselves into a literary tradition long dominated by straight, white men. In conversation with Sydney Writers’ Festival Youth Curators Daisy MacLeay and Emma Stevens, they share how they flipped the script on dated ideas of heroes, villains and morality.