Date: 2017-01-18 03:42 am (UTC)
rachelmanija: (Autumn: small leaves)
From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
I'm starting to really notice different layers of intended realism in fantasy novels, and to be interested in the choices authors make, and why.

It's interesting, isn't it? Like, someone like Tanith Lee or Patricia McKillip could do "autumn lasts ten years" and it wouldn't need to be plausible, just evocative. But when parts are realistic and parts aren't, and it's not consistent which parts are which, that's a problem. I think GRRM hit that exact issue, just as you say - he got some colloquialisms and sayings (which work really well, he's good at that sort of thing - "Winter is Coming" is so simple yet memorable), but no art or literature referencing it when it should be huge there, and the practical issues are rather glaringly not even considered.
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