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Randomness for 3/6

1) First sentences of famous novels, diagrammed.

2) Guy creates Kickstarter to interview loving couples to find out what makes relationships last. His results.

3) Pedestrian rollercoaster not as cool as it looks. Why couldn’t they just make the stairs twist so you could go up the loop?

4) Medieval Pet Names.

5) Ursula Vernon on becoming tired of reading fantasy. I’m having similar feelings.

6) Star Trek Into Darkness: What Came Next. lol

7) In 2005, a fifth-grader wrote a letter to her 20-year-old self.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here but not there.

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nick_kaufmann
Mar. 6th, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
I love fantasy, but I, too, am over the fantasyland conceit. (I have a whole rant about fantasy novels with maps in the front that I'll share with you sometime.) That's why what I write takes place in existing cities. I've grown to dislike the whole "imaginary kingdom" thing. At least in books. I still greatly enjoy watching TV shows like Game of Thrones and movies like Conan the Barbarian.
burger_eater
Mar. 6th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
I still like writing them, though. I'm a pain in the ass to my own self.
mizkit
Mar. 6th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
That Star Trek thing is freaking brilliant! ♥

I too feel Usula's pain (and yours, and apparently a lot of people's). I specifically recall having that problem with epic fantasy in the early 90s, having up to that point read ALL THE EPIC FANTASY I could get my hands on.

In the oughts--and still through to today--reading urban fantasy was in fact like doing work, although I could read some other subgenres of fantasy. (Yours, actually, was one of the rare urban fantasies I could really get into, because it was different.)

These days I too look at the TBR shelf and spend a lot of time thinking "eh". I've taken to picking up a book and giving it five or ten pages. Or two. Or sometimes a paragraph. Or a hundred pages if I really desperately want to like it. And if I bounce off, it goes into the "bring it to the used bookstore" pile, because I've pretty well come to terms with not beating myself up for not reading much in my genre anymore.

I'm chewing through Regencies and mysteries like nobody's business, though. Regencies are new to me, mysteries have always been a go-to. I figure it's okay. After all, they (They) say read outside your genre, and hey, I'm happy to right now.
burger_eater
Mar. 6th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
I've been on a mystery/crime jag for years. Urban fantasy only reminds me of my own failed series, and epic fantasy has begun to seem like reading about someone's vacation.
alwaysoptimistc
Mar. 7th, 2014 01:50 am (UTC)
On what Ursula Vernon said:
On some level I understand, there are trends and a fair number of books try to ride those trends, resulting in a lot of sameness. But on some level I don't, as there are books that are doing things differently, both past and present. Perhaps some of it has to do with what each of us looks to as a reader?

But for me it's like saying that all Urban Fantasy books are sex filled romps. Some of the time yes, enough for many to avoid them entirely, or all but the very very very few "safely" recommended ones, but there are absolutely those out there that aren't, and it's a disservice to those that they're all assumed to be guilty until proven innocent.

burger_eater
Mar. 7th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
Re: On what Ursula Vernon said:
At a certain point, a deadly and intractable ennui sets in because we see too much sameness. It's not fair to books that do things differently, I know, but it's hard to cure a lack of enthusiasm.
alwaysoptimistc
Mar. 7th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: On what Ursula Vernon said:
I understand, and wish I had some advice, or better yet a magic cure all. The only thing that occurs to me is to try to seek out some of those books that do things differently, though that's already something you've considered, I'm sure.

I do worry about at least a couple of books that you posted in your recent bookstore trip, which seem to me almost tailor made to be the opposite of what you're looking for in terms of this issue. Hopefully that won't prove to be the case and/or the others will make up for it.

Edited at 2014-03-07 11:27 pm (UTC)
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