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A Post About Sports and Writing

Today’s post can be found at http://www.sfnovelists.com, the group blog on speculative fiction that I maintain along with a group of over one hundred published authors of fantasy and science fiction. The post is called “What sports Can Tell Us About Writing, and What they Can’t.” I hope you enjoy it.

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hedwig_snowy
Sep. 24th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Take the Hobbit Town squad plus the points...

Hmmmm...I've seen some pretty amazing leaps of faith/logic in fantasy books. While it may be preferable to keep within a range of possibilities, sometimes that leap makes the book memorable. :)

So, generally speaking I would agree with your sports analogy and how fantasy writing usually has to follow certain guidelines, but some of the best of it pushes the reality envelope.

But, you also have to count in whether the refs have been paid off or are watching the dancers in cages (Cowboys "Pleasure Palace") rather than watching the action on the field... e.g. In the last drive on Sunday, the Giants first play had a holding call, that wasn't holding, and a leg whip personal foul, that wasn't a leg whip.

If the Giants had some Goblins on their side, they would have stormed the field and beheaded somebody! Not out of anger. They just like human stew over nachos...

And, while the protaganist may end up 'winning' in the end, even if they die, they don't always win throughout. What fun would that be? :)

Have you read much Clancy? Not sure he always follows his own guidelines about 'fiction' having to make sense...
davidbcoe
Sep. 24th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I do think some authors stretch the "believability" thing, but I think that if they're successful at it, they must leave some trail of logic that leads to where they take the story, even if that trail is overgrown and obscure.

And don't get me started about the refs in that game. At least the Giants pulled it out in the end, but good God, it's not as though the Cowboys need the help.....

You're right that there are setbacks along the way, characters lost, etc. But what I meant was that the side of good and right winds up "winning" nearly all the time.

Haven't read much Clancy, but from the little I've read I know what you mean.

Thanks as always for the great comments.
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