1769Re: [mythsoc] Recent Fantasy
- Jul 2, 2000Bill -
You need not convince me of the startling similarities between Tolkien
and Donaldson, Eddings, etc. Nor is there any question whence these
But beyond that, a specific formula has grown up, out of this general
form, which Tolkien does not follow, and which makes him disappointing to
those who are expecting it.
Not being gifted with this mindset, it's difficult for me to describe it,
but among the stumbling-blocks which readers of this sort find in LOTR
are the very scanty and unsystematized use of magic, and the long
meandering opening section before the adventure really gets going, along
with various "slack" passages thereafter.
Don't take my word for it: ask your customers. Certainly Tolkien is still
popular among many, even the young, but you will also find many young
readers who've grown up on later fantasists and who find Tolkien very
difficult or uninteresting.
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