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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 02:49:59 pm EDT (Viewed 194 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 01:58:55 pm EDT (Viewed 179 times)

    Outside of a few series, I tend to think stories are better told via books than TV/movies. I tend to like lending my own imagination to the story versus seeing a movie director’s interpretation. LotR is one of the few exceptions, which is to say I think it’s as good as the books, and a good companion work.

I also like how prose fiction can go in depth into things the movies will only briefly mention or show just a glimpse of. Often these in-depth studies are tangential to the main plots, yet nevertheless I will consider them the most meaningful parts of the stories.

    I was heavy into books in the late 90s and early 00s, but now I don’t read as much. High fantasy is my preferred genre by a country mile: my favorite series being Wheel of Time, Tolkien-verse, The Death Gate Cycle, some of the earlier Dragonlance novels, Wayfarer Redemption, and a few others that escape me atm. I gave A Song of Fire and Ice a go way back when, but I didn’t care for it at the time; I just found descriptions of sex between Daenerys (described as 15) and Drogo to be off putting.

I enjoyed the original Game of Thrones novel. (Book I of A Song of Fire and Ice.) But then my interest started to wane. The decline of my absorption began with the death of Eddard Stark, who was my favorite character. Actually the Starks were the only characters I cared about at all, except for Tyrion. So when the book was focusing on other characters, it was a bit of a chore for me to keep reading. Also I wanted just a little more magic. I didn't need a ton more, but certainly more than the novels gave us.

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