Euro-Colony fantasy (was Re: Dart-Thornton (was Australian Fantasy))

Kathryn Andersen kat_lists at
Tue Jun 25 18:40:12 EDT 2002

On Tue, Jun 25, 2002 at 12:52:47PM -0500, Nat Case wrote:
> Perhaps part of the problem is that if fantasy is to reflect the real 
> inter-cultural situation, it is likely to be a violent and bloody as 
> American Gods, and not everyone is up for writing or reading that 
> kind of wrenching stuff. In pretty much all former colonies, there's 
> a lot of really nasty history, which I would think would makes it 
> hard to write old-fashioned, hero vs villain, epic-and-ballad-based 
> fantasy.

Not necessarily.  Yes, there's nasty history, but there's also non-nasty
history -- at least in Australia you also have the hero versus the
landscape... and a number of epic ballads!  "The Man From Snowy River"
springs to mind...

Kathryn Andersen
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