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by knight_tour
August 13th, 2010, 2:00 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?
Replies: 22
Views: 3370

Re: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?

Dead -- Tolkien, because no writer ever created a world that I more wish to revisit and wallow in and love passionately. His Silmarillion is a masterwork that I am compelled to reread every few years. Alive -- George R.R. Martin, because he can give me a more realistic and brutal version of the fant...
by knight_tour
August 7th, 2010, 3:21 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339248

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I posted my entry for the High Drama blogfest -- http://tedacross.blogspot.com/2010/08/h ... entry.html
by knight_tour
August 6th, 2010, 2:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

I personally don't think it's elves and dwarves that have gotten old, but the quests that have gotten old. I don't want to read about a magical object that you have to either find or destroy or the forces of dark (with no motivation, they're just evil) will take over the world. In mine I twist this...
by knight_tour
August 2nd, 2010, 3:11 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

They were heavy in authorial reporting (telling), And Plot plotted, and slow starters with unsettled narrative points of view. I've read dozens of dungeons and dragons role playing game manuscripts, same issues plaguing them, same with high fantasy imitations of Tolkien. I don't claim to be a great...
by knight_tour
August 2nd, 2010, 1:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

Bryan Russell/Ink wrote:Combining Martin's approach with Tolkien's may just be enough to reinvigorate those tropes and offer something that is both new and familiar.
That's my intention, Bryan. Of course, Martin has decades of experience as a pro writer, so I need room to grow.
by knight_tour
August 2nd, 2010, 1:27 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

What does this prove? Nothing really except that it can be done. I for one would love to read a story in which Tolkien's Elves, Dwarves and Orcs exist but in which some new kind of plot that has never been explored before takes place. I would like someone to show me a single well-written Tolkienesq...
by knight_tour
August 2nd, 2010, 1:21 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

That's just it ... I want to say first off, that I basically agree with your argument that if people want comforting and familiar, we should give it to them. However, I'm going to have to disagree with your assertion about not wanting elves with a twist (or other mythological creatures). You may sa...
by knight_tour
August 1st, 2010, 12:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

Well, while I certainly don't respect your tone, I am a fairly decent historian. I would have majored in it if I had known of a decent career that didn't involve teaching, but as I didn't see one, I minored in it instead. Anyhow, I think you are wrong. I don't think it takes a historian to build a w...
by knight_tour
August 1st, 2010, 12:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

That's just it -- YOU want new and different things. You shouldn't dismiss the quite large group of people out here who don't want new things when it comes to this sort of fantasy. I don't want to read about an elf with a twist. I want to read about elves who are elves. People always go on about the...
by knight_tour
August 1st, 2010, 5:37 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 6260

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

I have a load of opinions on this, naturally. I completly disagree with Steve's idea that it is laziness on the part of a writer. We are told to write what we love most, what triggers out true passions, and for some of us it was growing up heavily involved in the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons. If it ...
by knight_tour
July 31st, 2010, 2:54 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339248

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I think originality can be overrated for certain kinds of fantasy -- http://tedacross.blogspot.com/2010/07/originality.html
by knight_tour
July 30th, 2010, 1:50 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?
Replies: 85
Views: 20236

Re: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?

I always wanted to write the fleshed out version of the battle where Morgoth's hordes overwhelmed the defenders around Angband. Since it was never realistic to actually write it, knowing it couldn't get published, I used this idea in my own book (Matt, you would know it as Geldrath's storyline). It ...
by knight_tour
July 29th, 2010, 2:44 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Practice for when you're famous: I want to interview you!
Replies: 9
Views: 1736

Re: Practice for when you're famous: I want to interview you!

Yeah, I really enjoy these interviews, and I am glad Bru is doing them (though I know they are a lot of work!). I loved doing mine!
by knight_tour
July 29th, 2010, 2:40 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?
Replies: 85
Views: 20236

Re: Start with THE HOBBIT or FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING?

Matt, I used to agree with you, but it seems that as I have gotten older my tastes have changed. I now think the Silmarillion is the very best of Tolkien's books. I love all of them, but there is something exquisitely beautiful about the Silmarillion, at least if you read it correctly. It is a lot o...