Some works of fiction that influenced my own
1. The Indiana Jones movies
Indiana Jones was one of my childhood heroes, and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "The Last Crusade" (1989) are two of my favorite movies. There are exotic locations, epic action sequences, precious ancient artifacts, dangerous traps, dastardly villains, and an immersive period setting. River Phoenix's performance as a young Indiana Jones at the beginning of "The Last Crusade" likely also had an influence on the portrayal of Prince Gabriel in my stories. He is a nervous, stumbling, but still heroic protagonist with a passion for history, and a willingness to go out of his way to protect it.
2. Avatar: The Last Airbender
This great cartoon had an unforgettable cast of characters. "Toph" in particular may have had a slight impact on the portrayal of Princess Eleanor in my stories. Although the latter is somewhat sweeter and girlier than the former, they are both cool and tough and they know it. Episode 10 of Season 2 of this show was a significant source