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February 15th, 2012
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Enter: Low-Content Mode

Since I’m sick, I’ll instead point you at Cat Valente’s post on writing over here – as is the case with all writing advice (and this is part three of a huge post), there’s some I agree and disagree with, but points #6 and #7 here are fixtures in my writing canon.

In particular, a chat with her on #7 really helped me focus my novel.  When developing fake cultures, understanding What Is Known To Be True is a very good guideline for creating cultures and then picking them apart (as I tend to do in my stories, where it’s not just the characters at stake, but their understanding of the world they live in – check “Devour” for an example of that in action).

Anyway, good stuff.  Useful.  As this should be if I’m, you know, going to point to it.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

This entry has also been posted at http://theferrett.dreamwidth.org/191763.html. You can comment here, or comment there; makes no never-mind by me.

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Date:February 15th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Cat says: "a lot of people love medieval settings in part because they got the idea that it was a paradise for white strong men. Women had no power, everyone had the same religion, the West was the prime cultural force in the world, gays were on the Extreme Down Low, and everyone who mattered was a warrior poet. The world was your Ren Faire!"

Why yes, that is an excellent example of Things Post-Modern Lit Critters Know to Be True. But which might not actually be true. Or do you think that's not the cultural assumption she meant to point at?
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Date:February 15th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Certainly Pomos Know That. But I also read epic fantasy. I call 'em like I see 'em. And since the argument that THAT'S HOW IT WAS FOR REALZ BACK THEN is used to defend every bit of sexism and racism in Game of Thrones and every other grittydark fantasy series, I think I'm on safe ground pointing out that it is also a thing Epic Fantasy Critters Know.
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Date:February 15th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Let's see:

Epic fantasy contains sexism and racism.

Fans of epic fantasy defend epic fantasy portrayals of sexism and racism as accurate of the period.

Therefore: Epic fantasy fans like epic fantasy because of its racism and sexism.

Really? You're gonna go with that? That's your evidence?
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Date:February 15th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Or, in another genre: I am a great fan of the Patrick O'Brian's historical novels. Patrick O'Brian's novels portray one of the (white male) protagonists as having a great deal of medical ignorance, particularly of epidemiology and the value of sterile instruments, despite his being a doctor. I would certainly defend this portrayal of a character I very much like as historically accurate. Therefore, we can conclude that I like epidemiological ignorance in doctors, and wish myself in the late 18th century.

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