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Poem: "Shine On"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

>> I think this is the hardest poem I read from you (as in 'dealing with the brutality of life'),<<

It was hard writing, too, in the same sense of "hard."

>> it's difficult to read but it's also potent indeed and uplifting as it points to resilience and hope. <<

I'm glad to hear that.

This is what attracted me to the poem -- that tension between hardship and hope, wear and resilience. Thinking on it further, I realize that such is one of the key things that makes low fantasy appeal to me. LF protagonists can take a licking and keep on ticking; they get the job done even without the 'favored' status of high fantasy protagonists.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: July 6th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes indeed

It's the same for me.

Honestly I'm less attracted by the 'shades of gray' trend I see around, unless that means 'no one is perfect' (as in real life) and 'making the right choice is difficult and sometimes there's just the lesser evil' (as in real life).

...Don't get me started on the anti-hero and the 'there's no real good or evil' though.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes indeed

>>Honestly I'm less attracted by the 'shades of gray' trend I see around, unless that means 'no one is perfect' (as in real life) and 'making the right choice is difficult and sometimes there's just the lesser evil' (as in real life).<<

In my experience, the effectiveness of "shades of gray" in storytelling depends a lot on the writer's skill, and somewhat on the character(s) and plot at hand. I like situations that turn out to be more complicated than people thought. I do not like situations where there's no good or even tolerable solution and/or where there's nobody halfway decent to root for. If I wanted that sort of thing, I'd watch the news.

>>...Don't get me started on the anti-hero and the 'there's no real good or evil' though.<<

I can get behind an anti-hero who is a rascal, like Han Solo. He's sneaky and greedy and raunchy, yes, but he's kind of cute and doesn't take it so far you want to cut of body parts to teach him manners. I dislike the kind of anti-hero who just acts like a complete bastard, regardless of what other 'good' he is allegedly doing. I don't want to spend time with that kind of character, unless it involves watching the opposition kill him, and sometimes not even then.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Indeed, my_partner_doug and I were discussing Conan in the context of low fantasy. Now technically, Conan is sword & sorcery, but those subgenres overlap in places. Conan definitely has the LF traits of grim and gritty tone plus success by personal effort rather than divine or magical benison, even though the character has epic prowess and the campaigns tend to be large-scale.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Yes, that fits with what I recall from my casual exploration of Conan.
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