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6453Re: [MEFAwards] Movie-verse versus Bookverse (Re: Question concerning Dwim's list)

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  • Marta Layton
    Dec 8 8:51 PM
      Hi Rhapsody,

      > > Having done the research does not guarantee a good
      > > interpretation, it just makes it less likely to be bad.
      > Well that is a nice pat on the back for those authors who do spend
      > loads of amounts on doing very thorough research but are questioned
      > for canonical interpretation.

      Rhapsody, I'm not 100% sure... was this sarcasm? It's so hard to tell

      I'm all for people doing research; I do a fair amount myself. I do
      think we need to have a reasonable feel for what our readers can be
      expected to know, and if something is more obscure than that, we should
      take responsibility for "educating" them through authors' notes or

      > <snip>
      > >
      > >> I think you need to be aware of this as well. We all can't know
      > << every single detail of what Tolkien wrote or stated, we all miss
      > >> things when we read (or form our own idea about it)...
      > >
      > > You say "form our own idea about it" like this is both a bad thing
      > > and an avoidable thing.
      > Well that is your interpretation of my words. I surely didn't mention
      > it that way. But when I read how Marta for example might give a person
      > less points because of it.. I am very much for own interpretation
      > because it is, for me, a good way to see a different perspective where
      > I never thought of before. For example, I might write a very arrogant
      > Boromir (with some good citations to back it up), but she adores him
      > and she doesn't agree with my intepretation of Boromir at all.. am I
      > rewarded with 2 points less then?

      I think it's a fact of life that, if we choose a difficult or uncommon
      characterisation, your piece has to be that much better to convince us
      of it. If I were to write, for example, Faramir as sexually promiscuous
      or or Feanor as a very sensitive kind of man (elf, you know what I
      mean) I'd be working at a natural disadvantage. This doesn't mean those
      stories can't work, but that they do need to be better to work. At
      least for me.

      I know there's more to this email, not to mention other emails that I
      want to answer. But I have been feeling thoroughly depressed and
      overwhelmed for several days now, and I really do need to turn in
      early. I think anything I say at this point will come across as
      snippety. So I'll do my best to get to the rest later. If I don't get
      to it, please don't think that it means less or that I don't *want* to
      or that I'm trying to ignore you. I'm just exhausted by various things
      going on (most RL and unrelated to MEFAs).

      Thanks for your patience!

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