Roger Burton West
roger at firedrake.org
Mon Apr 12 13:34:38 EDT 2004
On Mon, Apr 12, 2004 at 06:25:48PM +0100, Minnow wrote:
>woman wrote about things she knew about.
And about which her audience would know: it is hardly a given even now
that a book will be distributed widely outside its country of first
publication, so its primary audience would be expected to be most
familiar with Britain.
>Lord winning means the End Of The World as a rule, or at least the End
>Of The World As We Know It.
I think this is an important point; our heroes may be fighting a local
fight, but very few Dark Lords are going to stop when they've got
control of the town or the country; as a type they seem most easily defeated
_before_ they have had a chance to establish much of a power-base. So
while they're a world-wide menace, the fight we read about is still a
Changing perspective a little, I think it would be very difficult to
write convincingly a fantasy about a world-wide menace, fought across
the world _only by a few interesting children_... unless they were all
on the same email list or something, perhaps.
(Hmm. I shall have to take that away and play with it.)
>Has anyone complained that some world-saving fantasy set entirely in an
>American, or in an Australian, context is a colonial/imperialist text,
>and if not, why not, would be another question that sprang to my mind.
Well, yes - see almost any film in which The World (i.e. America) is
invaded by aliens and saved by the (American) heroes. Of recent years
there's been a tendency to have a token series of clips of the aliens
invading other countries too, but as Allison points out the American
film-makers are mostly only interested in portraying America.
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