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Magick vs. Magic?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Greybeard, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Greybeard

    Greybeard Minstrel

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    It would seem that some authors have taken to spelling magic with a "k" at the end, which is magick. Why are they doing this? Is there a substantive difference?
     
  2. James Chandler

    James Chandler Minstrel

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    No, it is just intended to look more arcane...or something. I've never liked it.
     
  3. Amanita

    Amanita Maester

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    Crowley used this spelling if I remember correctly. So if someine is actually basing his magic system off his in a Urban fantasy or something it might make a bit of sense.
    In alternate fantasy worlds? Not really.
     
  4. Derin

    Derin Troubadour

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    I've seen it work, but generally I think it just sounds pretentious. It gives a certain fantasy punk feel to things if done well, but in general I prefer to stick with the common spelling.

    It's not just a fantasy novel thing; a lot of New Agers and neopagans spell it that way too.
     
  5. BeigePalladin

    BeigePalladin Sage

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    I don't think it means anything different, just a different spelling. for people who want their magick to be 'less mainstream'

    or something like that :p
     
  6. Digital_Fey

    Digital_Fey Troubadour

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    I don't think it means anything in particular, except that the author is trying to be pretentious. It's almost as bad as spelling vampire with a y...
     
  7. BeigePalladin

    BeigePalladin Sage

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    but vampyre looks epic and edgy, and sooo much cooler :p or not

    I'd say calling alternate spellings pretentious is a little far though...
     
  8. Donny Bruso

    Donny Bruso Sage

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    Alternate spellings are useful in names. Spelling an established word of the English language differently just because you can is pretentious.
     
  9. TWErvin2

    TWErvin2 Auror

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    I looked it up at Magick: | Define Magick: at Dictionary.com

    –noun
    1. Archaic . magic.
    2. a power or effort associated with wicca.

    Both may tie into the theme or focus of novel. But then again, maybe not.
     
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