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The Avenger

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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 08:52:31 pm EDT (Viewed 138 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 02:49:59 pm EDT (Viewed 159 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.

Movies have potential to be better in the sense that there’s less material (i.e. filler) to muddle the plot. They also come with the added bonus of music, which if done right can offer their own flavor of depth, emotion and imagination. But generally, I prefer books. I LOVE world building, and films just come up short here compared to books. I also (oddly enough) think books are better than movies at “showing versus telling,” though this could simply be the result of my own inattentiveness. I’m more likely to retain certain narrative cues in prose, versus film, where my attention is divided between backgrounds, visual spectacle, and the aforementioned music.


      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.

Ned and Tyrion were my favorites in the show too, though oddly enough, I liked Ned’s death in the show, as I wasn’t expecting the subversion. Tyrion pretty much carried things for me then on, though I thought Tywin, Breanne, Varys, and the Hound-Arya duo all stole their scenes. Things seemed to change when Tyrion swore fealty to Daenerys though; at that point he stopped being the witty, clever cynic that made the character so likable. I’m fearing that the books might follow a similar trajectory, though so far I must say that Bran is a bit more interesting in the book.

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