This makes me realize even more that I haven't touched any fantasy novel in months. I've become increasingly disillusioned by most storytelling in general, with the range being from the silver screen to published novels and especially fan fiction.
When I was younger I followed the typical formulas like other people did but as I got older and realized how...prolific these "qualifications" were, the more I wanted to change things up and do them differently. Whatever prophecies I had were thrown out the window, I shrunk my cast of characters from more than I can count with my two hands to (currently) two distinct individuals, and I'm still plugging away on my world building, where I hope I could successfully portray different cultures, species, and races.
Five years and still going nowhere...