Re: [mythsoc] Copyright Loremasters?
- > You're now in the position of having said you don't grasp a whole class> of works, when what you meant was that you don't like the ones you> don't think are any good.No, David, that's not quite what I meant. Plenty of derivative works might be well-constructed and well-written. I don't know because I don't read them. Once in a while, I have read a work like this which I really like. Two examples that come to mind: John Gardner's Grendel, retelling Beowulf from Grendel's point of view; and David Maine's The Preservationist, an irreverant take on the Biblical story of Noah. It's that I don't usually grasp the point or the goal or the motive. I'm not saying something as simple as "I don't get what I don't like" or "I don't like what I think is no good", though those might also be true statements. Precisely because I don't read much of this kind of stuff, I don't think I'd ever just dismiss it all as "no good". Unless perhaps out of colloquial carelessness -- which you are welcome to point out, if or when I do it. In my previous message, "I don't care for" it meant "I have no interest in" it, not "I have read it and judge it no good". I have no idea whether or which such works are any good (whatever we might mean by "good"); what I meant to convey was that I don't usually grasp why anyone would do it. But there are exceptions.Perhaps I wasn't very clear. I don't look down on such stuff as bad; I am merely puzzled by it and (with rare exceptions) have little or no interest in it. Normally the works I am willing to give a chance and might even like are the ones where the source material is centuries old (like the two examples above).Best,JasonPS. Good point about Shakespeare's plot-pilfering. Isn't it only The Temptest, and maybe A Misdummer Night's Dream, that are thought to be totally original, out of close to forty plays? :)
- Yes, as David says, it's a great story. The closing sentence is particularly memorable -- but there's no way to share it with anyone without spoiling the story. It's not that often I call something a masterpiece, but "The Ugly Chickens" is one.--John R.On May 9, 2011, at 8:23 AM, Mem Morman wrote: