Blueandwhite wrote:So again, what constitutes good or creative fantasy? It is a genre of writing that has frustrated me to no end. Please appreciate, I'm not trying to be confrontational. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Like most topics, this is completely subjective.
For myself, the writing style
has to suck you in. you know the type.. you pick up the book to read a little to kill some time before bed and next thing you know its 3 am and your SO is shouting at you to turn off the dang light.
are important of course. I prefer complex individuals. the bad guy who is acting from a sense of rightness, a flawed good guy- these are givens.
a different setting
- hey fantasy writers - come up with your own damn races! do you know how many Tolkien wannabes I have read?? (speaking of which I am going to go out on a limb here - I like the story of LOTR but I HATE
Tolkiens writing style..) anyway, the world doesnt have to be unique, but if its a fantasy world, does there have to be elves and dwarves? (Hooray for Kender!)
so my earlier post about A song of Ice and Fire - let me elaborate - the characters are very complex, (Sandor Clegane anyone?) the history is incredible in its detail, the setting is different enough to note (most fantasy worlds barely touch on other continents - this one has lots of details about other parts of their world).
Alternate history if done well is another favorite for me, if done well. Harry Turtledove is a master at this, and so is Harry Harrison. The hammer and the cross trilogy is a fantastic example. set in medieval times, its a what if Christianity had been faced with another organized religion besides Islam? This new religion is called The Way, and is based on the Norse gods. Again, you have a great writing style (very graphic without being overdone) you have complex characters, and you have a world that is only subtly different from our own - yet intriguing nonetheless.
also, just because a book is a best seller or a classic doesnt make it good. I also am not a big fan of T.H. White's "the once and future king" - I have read better, more compelling versions.. heck once I read one that was about a cop who was the reincarnation of Sir Gawain, and he was protecting a boy who was Arthurs reincarnation.. as strange as it sounds that
was a compelling read.. I have yet to find the rest of the series, but oh, I will.
Many a good book has been found at yard sales or thrift stores, and I have never heard of the author before or since, but have given hours of good reading.
anyway, thats all I have to say about that..