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    Literary Fantasy - do you read it?

    You're misrepresenting Pat, here. Big time. He's basically saying that you shouldn't be a genre snob, which is exactly what you're being by saying, "literary fantasy," makes you want to stay away. You're turning your nose up at literary fiction which as Pat said, is just another genre. Literary...
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    Literary Fantasy - do you read it?

    You know what, yes, I would also probably classify Slow Regard as literary fantasy. It discards a lot of ideas about what a fantasy story should be. It's a plotless character study, basically Pat writing fan fiction of his own original creation. It's nowhere near as deep into that hole as Book...
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    Literary Fantasy - do you read it?

    Love it. Put some magic into any other genre and it immediately becomes way more interesting to me, and literary fiction is no different. Love me some south american magical realism. I don't think the word "literary" necessarily means pretentious, I look at it as any other genre label. Literary...
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    Sci-fi or fantasy, or sci fan?

    To be honest I don't make that much of a distinction between the two, because there is so much overlap. The best I can say is that generally if something primarily focuses on the relationship between people and technology and how technology can change us, and attempts to be somewhat believable...
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    Can't say I get your whole parody novel thing, but that profile picture makes me laugh every...

    Can't say I get your whole parody novel thing, but that profile picture makes me laugh every time I see it.
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    April 2017: What fantasy books are you reading?

    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Real interesting seeing Gaiman just straight up retell the Norse myths when he's been incorporating bits and pieces of them into his original works for his entire career. I'm enjoying it a lot so far. I'm realizing...
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    killing off main characters (spoilers!)

    Oh right! I remember now. Didn't she ultimately win by arranging to fight her in the dark, because she's been training blind that entire time? Idk, that's believable to me. I'm fine with it. Hedwig is maybe the only death that actually got to me at all, but it was also kinda the moment where I...
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    The book you don't like that most everyone else seems to like ...

    The funny thing is, the overall consensus on GRRM seems to be that he's grimdark. Other authors have called him that, readers of his work call him that, marketing calls him that, etc. Him and ambercrombie usually come up side by side in that discussion from what I've seen. And just like...
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    killing off main characters (spoilers!)

    The whole deathly hallows thing was dumb. The wand ownership thing was dumb. Like 200 pages were spent on the most boring camping trip ever put to page but we can't stop and have a moment for fallen characters after voldermort is defeated. That book is a mess. And your thing about unrealistic...
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    The book you don't like that most everyone else seems to like ...

    Well, the difference is one is provable lol.
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    The book you don't like that most everyone else seems to like ...

    Or, ya know, maybe genres aren't hard and fast rules and we should try and accept the way terms are actually being used by the people? Just saying, I mean, genre debates can be fun, but ultimately the word grimdark means what people think it means, and not everyone agrees. Apparently a lot of...
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    The book you don't like that most everyone else seems to like ...

    Most of the characters in game of thrones aren't concerned with saving the world though. Pretty much everyone is selfishly making their way through their own journey of stabbing other people in the back to get what they want. Idk. I did read some of The Blade Itself before putting it down, and I...
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    The book you don't like that most everyone else seems to like ...

    Huh. Well see, that's why it's confusing. I mean, genres are slippery ephemeral things anyway. But for the sake of argument, why is the difference between personal struggle and larger country-wide or world-wide struggles the defining factor here? It's just very misleading, because when I think...
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    The book you don't like that most everyone else seems to like ...

    I can't tell you where I heard Sanderson say it, but I can certainly find you PLENTY of sources saying it just from some simple googling. Sources that are a bit mistaken I guess, lol...
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    The book you don't like that most everyone else seems to like ...

    I couldn't tell you exactly. He's definitely said it though. Perhaps he changed his opinion when he sat and thought about it more in depth when thinking about teaching this stuff? Regardless, lots of people call his books that, which is where I got it from. Like, most people, honestly. I don't...