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Fat Fantasy

I think there is a general consensus that, over the years, heroic fantasy has porked out a bit. What used to be lean, mean tales of adventure have become bloated, overbearing doorstops. In his candid article, Seán Harnett examines this very problem and swings the accusation as to the cause of it from Tolkien to Moorcock. And just don’t get him started on Robert Jordan.

This is a refreshing read if for no other reason than Harnett is not afraid to slam what he thinks is tripe. The guy just doesn’t mince words.

[Link via Alien Editor’s Blog]

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

1 Comment on Fat Fantasy

  1. Bloated Fantasy Books

    There’s a great article by Sean Harnett in Spike Magazine about the bloated nature of modern fantasy books.

    As big a fan of fantasy as I am I really can’t argue with the basic point that fantasy stories are in desperate need of a diet. Though I do d…

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