This is going to get some strong reactions, so I'll start by saying - let's try and keep this a rational discussion and free of insults to participants, whatever views they espouse.
Fantasy should be the most admired genre of all. yet, it isn't. Why? Fantasy writers can create their own worlds, fill them with anyone or anything they like. The universe is open for us to play with our imaginations, and create sparkling jewels for readers to enjoy and admire. But instead, derided and put down, the genre is pushed to one side. Why?
I've concluded that the culprits are the big sellers, Game of Thrones and the dreadful sequels. W O T which seems intent on lasting until the end of time itself.
I've just finished, with a cry of relief, Game of Thrones. I found it AWFUL. No wonder fantasy is derided by other genres. Weak, stereotyped characters. A meandering yet predictable plot which conradicts itself in places. It's misogynist, a teenage rampage where the girls are only useful for cooking and... and where 14 year old boys are as strong as grown men. And this is portrayed as the best we can do.
Then, Eragon. Even on these pages the mutterings about plagiarism and predictability are rife. So, it was written by a 15 year old. Why weren't his parents more insistent he was doing his exams, rather than foisting this stuff on the world?
What do you think?
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