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I thought about writing a long-ass essay about this, but I want to get some other opinions before doing so.
See, my problem with the way magic is often portrayed in modern fiction (especially video games) is that it often doesn't feel... well, magical. Between D&D's set list of spells and the way video games reduce it to fireballs and lightning magic feels less like actual magic and just like a path of superpowers.
Fantasy novels tend to be less bad, but still fall into the trap of being generically showy rather than putting any mystery or showiness to magic.
Hell, come to think of it, Doctor Strange -an actual superhero- often gets the feel of magic and mystical adventure down better than a lot of other fantasy stuff does.
I'm not against the spectacle of fireball magic. I just want it to feel more like it's something unique unto itself rather than another superpower.