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6454Movie-verse versus Bookverse (Re: Question concerning Dwim's list)

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  • Kathy
    Dec 8, 2005
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      Marta,

      Your health comes first...yours too, Rhapsody. The holidays are
      stressful enough as it is and the MEFAs will keep. So get some rest
      and take care of yourself!

      Kathy (Inkling)

      --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, Marta Layton <melayton@g...> wrote:
      >
      > 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
      > online.
      >
      > 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
      > what-not.
      >
      > > <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!
      >
      > Marta
      >
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