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09:18 pm: Seven more things heroines/female protagonists can do

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From:[info]arterialspray
Date:November 28th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
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Eh, except the 'Miraculous Salvation by Deity' story is precisely the sort of ending that is meant to occur in religious/'spiritual' writing of which "Deed" bears more than a passing resemblence -- the hero gains the favor of the gods by committing some act of ultimate self-sacrifice, and by keeping faith with the gods even at the darkest hour. In a certain, pretty literal sense it's a Deus Ex Machina, but when the story actually has gods who are prone to lots of splashy miracles it's not like you can complain that their intervention in the story comes out of left field. I suppose the story could have been more powerful if the gods had not ...well, you know...but that also would have been an incredibly dark note to end the book on.

If limyaael won't enjoy "Deed" I think it will probably have more to do with the worldbuilding (which never rises far above the usual D&D cliches), and the fairly pedestrian prose.
From:[info]merditha
Date:November 28th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
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I really honestly find it to be a fairly standard offering of the Specialest Heroine Evar sort. With subheading "I've piled on so much pain I have to have the gods rescue her, or else this will be a very unhappy ending." With, as you say, D&D worldbuilding. YMMV, of course; my standards for epic fantasy tend to be set quite high. But they also tend to sit around where our hostess' do, in terms of what she seems to like and dislike, so I felt I needed to mention.
From:[info]merditha
Date:November 28th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
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*quite high and to a specific taste. Drat. I've gotten used to LJ's new edit-comment function faster than I thought I would.
From:[info]dawnshadow
Date:November 28th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
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I actually liked the trilogy when I read it a few years ago, but that was a few years ago.

I do remember reading something that might explain the "D&D Worldbuilding." Apparently, the author got the idea for the story after watching someone play a certain tabletop RPG as a Paladin and completely mauling the role. Hence, I think that the similarity is probably entirely intentional on the author's part.
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