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July 12th, 2006

10:43 pm: Raining shit on the story and not letting it stink.
Sorry this one was so long in coming. I went through another of those periods in which I couldn’t think of anything to rant about without sounding repetitive. So I did what I probably should have done in the first place and started rereading good fantasy, in this case Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

And it hit me that while Martin’s series is incredibly brutal, with torture, rape, murder, humiliation, mutilation, wrongful executions, casual suffering, and sadism galore—in fact, the reason I’ve heard most people use when giving up on the series is that it simply makes them too depressed to continue reading further—I don’t mind the suffering. At the same time, all it can take is one abused and sniffling heroine in a different series, and I am outta there.

So I started wondering why… )

It wasn’t until I thought about it that I realized just how much of a mess Martin has made of his fantasy world. I’m a bit in awe. A fantasy world centered on a heroine sniffling because someone teased her just can’t compare, really.

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November 6th, 2004

11:59 pm: Fantasy of excess: Rant on Jordan and Goodkind
Well, a lot of people seemed awfully enthusiastic for a rant about Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind.

Never let it be said that I would pass up a chance to explain, in detail, why I don’t like these authors wouldn't give people what they want.

There are tons and tons of better role models out there )

All right, so that got rid of some of the anger.

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June 10th, 2004

10:08 pm: My problem isn't (necessarily) Marion Zimmer Bradley (for <lj user
It's that she's so widely imitated, and she has so much in her work that can get dumbed down so easily, and that she started imitating herself (if there was any difference in basic plot between Lady of Avalon and The Mists of Avalon I couldn't tell what it was).

So here's why I never, ever want to write like Marion Zimmer Bradley )

It's odd that the novels I like most by Bradley- Stormqueen!, The World Wreckers, and The Heritage of Hastur- are ones that I've been told are very conventional and not her best work.

I don't know. I find them far less conventional than what she did with the other things, if only because she has so many imitators now that she's become convention.

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June 7th, 2004

11:05 pm: Stupid plots rant, for <lj user
Well, I’ve had my say about the Quest plot (twice), but, as [info]dawnkiller pointed out, that’s not the only overused (and often terminally stupid) plot in fantasy. There’s also “Let’s defeat the Dark Lord!” And “Let’s get the heir his throne back, never mind the usurper is doing a fine job of ruling in his place!” And, usually, “Let’s do both at once!”

Yes, Tolkien did both at once, and yes, he did a good job with it.

But most fantasy authors are not Tolkien, and they really shouldn’t start believing the blurbs on the backs of their own books )

Feel appropriately snarly now. I hate the “royal heirs raised as peasants” plotline more than anything in the world, but save-the-world plots in general make me want to bite them.

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March 25th, 2004

10:27 am: On escaping Tolkien clichés.
Everyone sees them, but no one does anything about them. They are the silent menace, stalking after the unwary fantasy writer like wolves after a lamb.

They are...

Tolkien clichés! )

It's misinterpretation of Tolkien that's the problem, not Tolkien himself.

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