waywardcats: Madison, WI June 2010 by Glenda D (wild roses)
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I am still mulling over this blog post from Alyssa Rosenbuerg on Ta-Nehisi Coates blog discussing world building by George R. R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and more.  What do you think?

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Date: 2010-08-03 05:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] onyxlynx
Hmmmm. Two things:
  1. the writer is Alyssa Rosenberg, one of the guest bloggers filling in for Mr. Coates, and
  2. you know, in spite of having had it smushed in my face for decades, I hadn't noticed that British fantasy (and a lot of American fantasy) tends to uphold the British political system, specifically 14th to 18th century.
Also, I probably have to check out the Martin.
Edited (Sloppy html.) Date: 2010-08-03 05:07 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-08-03 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wild_irises
Not very respectfully, I think she's full of shit. I think that almost any story (including, btw, mainstream stories) has imagination room, and that the very thin-ness of things like Twilight is part of what attracts a significant readership--it's so thin that it's easy to put yourself in the story.

As for the "the reader has to decide which cities they like best" why is that more true in the Martin than in Tolkien? Why wouldn't a reader "have to" choose between Gondor and Rohan? Isengard and Rivendell?

I loved the first three volumes of the Martin and have probably now given up after the fourth when (to my tastes) he slipped over the edge into self-parody. What was it that she said that makes you want to reread them?

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