[DWJ] Re: humor in fantasy

Katie Meyers kgmeyers at optonline.net
Wed Feb 15 23:11:23 EST 2006

I didn't have a problem with dryads because I think they come from 
their own tradition that predates Tolkien.  Aren't there dryads in 
Greek myth?  And they're used in many other places as well, one example 
being a story I remember by Hans Christian Anderson.  I enjoyed the 
Belgariad, but it is definitely stock characters.  Eddings even 
acknowledges his debt to Tolkien and other writers in a companion book, 
The Rivan Codex.  ObDWJ, she once wrote:
  Of course much of the stuff in the Guide will apply to Tolkien, who 
invented most of it and is still head and shoulders above any other, 
and to the Beigariad which is a pretty good reworking head and 
shoulders above most of the others, in fact. As for the others .... !


On Feb 14, 2006, at 8:47 PM, Juliette Curtis wrote:

> I read the first Eddings series and thought it was a complete ripoff 
> of Tolkein. Some of the characters were different but the plot, 
> landscape, creatures and just about everything else were Tolkein. It 
> even had Ents, for crying out loud, although with a different name.
> It sent me into a fit of rage, indignation and boredom and I haven't 
> bothered with him since. (I realise that some people enjoy Eddings 
> work and my reaction is probably rather extreme....)
> ObDWJ: DWJ once wrote that everybody seemed to reuse Tolkein's work 
> without attracting protests. Nobody could acuse DWJ of borrowing from 
> other authors. Her work is truly original -- and filled with many 
> types of humour on many different levels.
> Juliette
>> On the other
>> hand, they're so full of stock characters ....
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