It’s not unheard of for fantasy fiction writers to spend a lot of time and effort on world-building. Character-building, on the other hand, often takes a back seat, resulting in one-dimensional archetypes instead of a cast with personality and motivations. Imagine the depth and complexity fantasy fiction characters might have if writers spent as much time as RPG powergamers did figuring out the optimal build for their characters. Read more
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A common praise I hear of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series is its “realism.” Take this recent comment from a mailing list I subscribe to:
By real, I mean that there is no good or evil, everyone has a motive for his or her actions….
That isn’t realism, that’s relativism, and I think relativism has no place in fantasy fiction.
Now, I need to make the following disclaimer before I continue: I have not read Martin. As such, I will not be speaking directly to his work because I cannot judge whether the above comment is an accurate assessment or not. Whether Martin is an example of relativism is irrelevant to this discussion, however. Read more