Re: [mythsoc] Mieville et al
- In a message dated 10/5/2002 3:29:02 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> This is the same error that Elizabeth Anne Hull madeI'm curious about that. In some interview I read -- I don't remember which
> in the Worldcon panel, when she blamed Tolkien for characteristically
> Tolclonian flaws in the Tolclone Jackson film, flaws which do not occur in
> the book, which she's never read. I tend to doubt Mieville has either.
-- he criticizes Tolkien's stance on the importance of consolation in
fantasy, which indicates at least a passing acquaintance with "On
Fairy-stories." That's a fairly sophisticated critique for someone who's
never read JRRT, and from Mieville's Marxist perspective, I can see where
it's coming from: consolation as opiate of the masses, or whatever. I'm not
at all sure that Mieville understands what Tolkien actually *means* by
consolation, or understands how inextricably entangled it is with loss and
sorrow (which are the necessary preconditions for consolation!), but people
who HAVE read Tolkien have gotten those points wrong too.
> That he thinks the problem is all Tolkien's fault, and not the fault of theHa! Well put, David!
> clones, is shown by his taking as a compliment the comment that _Perdido
> Street Station_ is like a fantasy from a world where Peake, not Tolkien,
> became the father of the field. It did not occur to him that being called
> a Peake-clone in that world would be as big an insult as being called a
> Tolclone is in this one.
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