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Which Fantasy Author Am I?

I'm honored but puzzled to discover that I am Ursula LeGuin.

You too can discover which fantasy author you are ... .

(I could have given more romantic, less cynical answers on some of those questions if the romantic choices hadn't been so completely extreme!)

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smillaraaq
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
I think this quiz is severely b0rken...

OK, the "Experimental" axis may be a fair cop, but fictionally I have a much higher tolerance for violence than *that*, and there is no freakin' way YOU are twice as cynical as me, nee-chan! o_O

Oh well, could be worse I suppose -- at least it's an author I have some respect for artistically, barring his occasional anvilicious moments of militant-atheist axe-grinding...
chomiji
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)

LOL! Yes, I think a lot of the proposed answers were so extreme that more thoughtful types weren't going to go for them at all. I was rather shocked by my very low violence rating as well. I don't think of violence as a solution to a lot of things, but I certainly don't get freaked out by it in fictional venues. And there's a quality issue as well: combat is one thing, and torture another.

smillaraaq
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
I honestly would not have rated Pullman all that high on the Experimental axis, too -- not that I've read anything but his big trilogy, but unless one has very easily shocked religious sensibilities there's not anything whatsoever remotely radical about them -- the prose and structure and even some of the broad character archetypes are all pretty traditional. (And sheesh, it's not even as if he's the first spec-fic author tackling religious matters from a point much less devotional than C.S. Lewis -- Moorcock was writing "God is dead, or at least such a drooling idiot he should be" FORTY YEARS AGO, after all... But he's one I also would have rated way, way higher on the Cynicism and Experimental axes than this quiz did -- hello, New Wave movement, anyone? And his stuff pretty much bleeds cynicism -- I don't think the man is even capable of writing a "happy" ending that isn't noticeably tinged with melancholy, never mind all the "life sucks, rocks fall everyone dies, AND THEN YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN" elements...)

combat is one thing, and torture another.

Yes, exactly. And as we've discussed before, I don't even mind torture being depicted graphically, if it's not gratuitous or glorified -- it's more a matter of showing violence, torture, or other horrific elements in a realistic way, with real consequences. I definitely don't flinch away from the subject matter, but I want to see it handled with a certain baseline level of maturity and honesty -- consequence-free cartoon violence only works if everything else around it is equally cartoony.
avierra
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
I was Ursula too. My cynical was 13 ;)

Edited at 2009-06-10 03:50 am (UTC)
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