Rude drivers (was Re: tad williams (was Re: : fantasy monarchies))
rohina at shaw.ca
Sun Feb 9 14:30:28 EST 2003
>ObDWJ...actually not so much, but more on topic. My pet peeve of writing
>styles is when an author uses a phrase so many times it becomes trite in
>his/her books -- for instance Piers Anthony almost always refers to hands
>and feet as upper and lower extremities. He does this occasionally
>multiple times on a page. Or Marion Zimmer Bradley, who, in _Mists of
>Avalon_ referred to one character as a charicature of another *every time*
>he entered a room.
I had to give a lecture on this book when we taught it as part of a
medievalism course, and I came across a fantastic rant about it, which
isolated the repetition of the phrase "moon dark bleeding" as holding all
the faults of the book (bad writing, faulty feminism). I agree about the
annoyingness, but I have to say, as I said to my students who hated it,
that you have to acknowledge the importance of the book in context. Sure,
lots of people have done *better* feminist fantasy (Arthurian and other)
since Bradley, but she was one of the first.
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