Who invented the modern fantasy genre?

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Sat Aug 21 12:05:07 EDT 2004


Minnow replying to Dorian

> >He did the "protag is deeply
> >flawed and fucked up".  He did the "protag is a whiny creep".  Don't know
if
> >those last two were done earlier, though I daresay you could argue that
> >various of Tolkien's characters could count as FAFU.
>
> I think one could probably argue that at least one of the Witch World
> second-generation characters was deeply flawed: she let the dark in to the
> country they were trying to redeem, in a big way.  Norton certainly
doesn't
> write straightforward Good Guys In White Hats much, in those books: nearly
> everyone has something within him- or herself that has to be conquered, as
> well as the strife against evil that is going on all the time.
>

And Le Guin's Ged (1968?) also let's in the Dark in a big way, albeit a
personalized Dark. This seems to be a variety of carelessness to which
fantasy hero(in)es are all too prone.

Charlie

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