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Unheroic Fantasy

March 30th, 2011 by Adam G.

A friend reminds me that I haven’t linked Leo Grin’s essays yet.

Good stuff. Fantasy is fiction about myths. If you hate the myths, then your fantasy fiction is an act of vandalism.

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March 30th, 2011 13:40:44
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Zen
April 3, 2011

I wish I had more to say about Leo Grin’s take on modern fantasy – except to say, I whole heartedly agree. It is a bold sign of cultural decay that we have lost some love for true heroes and heroines. Still, not all is bad out there. I have recently been introduced to the work of Brandon Sanderson, who has written some of the best fantasy I have read.

It is interesting to speculate why the Church is proportionally over-represented in sci-fi and fantasy authors, such as Sanderson.

And what is up with the General Conf. thread? It exists only for it to be closed barren and empty? Your sandbox, but it seemed odd to me.


Vader
April 3, 2011

I’m guessing that gst is telling us that General Conference is not some kind of academic conference to be peer-reviewed and deconstructed. It is a series of sacred communications to be treated accordingly.

The Internet might possibly not be the optimal setting for that.


Zen
April 3, 2011

One of my favorite traditions is calling my parents (and friends) after conference to discuss what was talked about.


Vader
April 3, 2011

I also enjoy discussing conference with friends and family. There is a place for it.


Kaimi
April 4, 2011

The conference closed thread is a spoof of the various conference open threads in the bloggernacle (e.g., at By Common Consent).

And for some of Brandon Sanderson’s own thoughts on links between Mormonism and fantasy (and a variety of other interesting issues), see http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2007/06/mws-brandon-sanderson/ .


Zen
April 4, 2011

Sanderson is the cat’s meow when it comes to fantasy. The man know how to do it right, AND keep you guessing.

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