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Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
"Write the way you are moved to write."

Excellent advice.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark. You should come to ConCarolinas next year. Nice con.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Interesting. The only reservations about my like or dislike of a work are:

1) Characters, characters, characters. I love Grinsa and Orris. Are they similar or is it just me? Character choices are 75% of the enjoyment of a book.
2) I can follow almost any wild actions that go on as long as they are not completely outside the realm of possibility within the world that the author created. The character can do something completely opposite to its personality as long as its not completely outside the possibility of the overall story...
3) Probably an American thing, but I dislike sad endings. I just finished Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy and wasn't pleased with the ending. The rest of the series was fine. Recall that Tom Hanks said something like, "If we hadn't killed the dog at the end, we'd probably made another $20 million" in reference to his movie "Turner and Hooch"
4) Finally, always make the bad guy pay. Always. The only reference I can think of off the top of my head is also a movie reference. Where, in the first Karate Kid movie they didn't have the head 'villian' suffer so they had to have him get his at the beginning of the second movie.

Of course, none of that matters to someone who is writing a book, but just personal preferences when I read fantasy authors.

Although, I do wish that some authors would turn over their fleshed out worlds and characters to other authors that would be willing to continue with a series - if they no longer wish to write in that world. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes I wonder about the work involved in creating such interesting and varied characters and the world they live in...and then an author writes 3 books about it and then they're out. I want more! :)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
As matters of taste, I think I pretty much agree with everything you've said here. But I can also see where someone might want to write a book with a sad ending in which the bad guy wins. And if they do it in a way that makes sense and still manages to satisfy, more power to them. That's all I meant when I said that there are no hard and fast rules.

As for having someone else write in my worlds: Not sure I could do it. I have had people ask me again and again for more LonTobyn books, and I have said no, at least for now. But I'm not ready to relinquish control of the world to someone else, because at some point I might go back. And because I'm not willing to have my world taken in someone else's direction. Guess I'm too much of a control freak. :)
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