I agree that the books that engage my interest most are
those in which a
character makes me care for him or her, but it also helps if
the writer has
a viable plot and a readable style of writing.(Don't ask
much, do I?)
And it's not necessarily cliched characters that can grab
sympathies. Martin has an unconventional character who by all
rights would be labeled Ye Villain (or one of them),yet I
but root a bit for him. Robin Hobbs' had another non-cliched
and took three books to reveal the events that formed him in
On the other hand, Janny Wurt's current series, which has
fine main characters, is beginning to drag for me because the
writing is overwrought.
And Jordan could have written his series in half the books
stop repeating the same scenarios over and over again.
I was wondering, with all of the talk about cookie cutter plot
lines, hack writting and such;
how important in regards to fantasy fiction is emotional
impact versus intellectual engagment.
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