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9-22-2008 @ 2:28PM
Certainly i agree that fantasy is written to illuminate ourselves/our world w/e. However, the very mechanic that makes fantasy, "fantasy" involves changing how the world works. Sometimes, that change involves creating a world where the author's ideas of how the world *should* work becomes how the fantasy world *does* work. I'm thinking about China Miéville's anarcho-communism in Perdido Street Station, and following, but the same can be said about any of the works you mentioned. Jesus (why'd you have to bring up Jesus? He's much too loaded to treat with on a forum... nevermind, here i go) was not making statements about how the world was, he made statements about how he wished it were. "Let's all be nice and try and get along..." Of course, we see how far that got him... Same again with Tolkien. Tolkien had this idea of how the world *should be* that is... agrarian, and archly conservative in favour of middle class British ideals that were exceedingly dated even when he was writing. Tolkien's "heroes" act on their "merry olde England" ideals and "preserve" the world from scientific progress. This is what i mean by "*ideological* fantasy"Now (taking Tolkien) if you actually want to preserve forgotten conservative values, and retard technological progress, by all means, take Tolkien to be your guide! However, don't be surprised when "reality" does not treat your ideals as kindly as an author (who is already biased toward embracing said ideals).Now, on to pragmatics. If my GM is an ass, i want him out of my life. I don't care if he "learns his lesson" or not. Similarly, whether or not he is bitter or angry doesn't matter (so long as his bitterness/anger is not going to have an adverse effect on my live, greater than the benefit i receive from eliminating an aggravation from my life). Have you ever actually tried to have a reasonable conversation in vent with someone who is very upset? Be prepared for a lot of overtalking and "No! No! No! Listen to ME goddammit!" ...which only gets worse the more people you add into your sharing circle.
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