1737Re: [mythsoc] Recent Fantasy
- Jun 30, 2000Bill wrote:
> Now...having said all that...I also thank whatever fantasy gods thatI disagree. The Tolkiens and Dunsanys are far between, and always have
> be for Eddings, Jordan, Brooks, Goodkind,etc. If not for them, I doubt that
> publishers would be printing much fantasy at all. I credit Brooks and
> Eddings in saving the Ballantine Adult Fantasy line. Jordan generated the
> interest and revenue that led St Martins to print more hardcovers like
> In the best of all possible worlds, we would be constantly treated
> to writing like Tolkiens, or Lewis, Morris, Dunsany....but life is not
> perfect. I'll tolerate some brain candy to be able to get to the dessert.
been. It's not the bestselling fantasy which is supporting such few
geniuses as there are, because the audience for the bestsellers is not
looking for that kind of writing. (Even Tolkien looks dull and
old-fashioned to some of them.) There are some writers of potential
quality who have even been discouraged from pursuing it because of the
pressure from bestsellers.
As for midrange writers like de Lint, I suspect they'd sell better if
they didn't have so much competition. While few readers of Jordan and
Eddings would perhaps turn to Dunsany if everything else retroactively
ceased to exist, I suspect many of them would turn to de Lint.
My other complaint is that the more "brain candy" there is, the harder it
is to slog through it trying to find the dessert.
Diane wrote about Jordan:
> I *knew* I was in for a long haul ... He needed to take out theAs Tolkien is not exactly a "cut to the chase" author either, I suspect
> incidental materials and "cut to the chase."
there is more to Jordan's problem than this.
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