A Fiction Ramble
by Fletch .J. Bush
Page 1 of 1"Greetings Readers, Watchers and Players alike. Nice world isn't it?
Nice that some talented people have poured forth their imaginations and
their brilliant minds to create a scenic and deadly world for us to exist,
evolve and experience.
The world of life ?(i hear myself say).
Not so, at least in the proverbial sense anyway. This world is one in which
all can happen, and none can happen. It can be a world where life exists, we
exist, you exist.... or nothing exists. The masters of this world can make
you feel quite fantastic, beyond words with releif, allow you to be brave if
you are not, or allow you to be a romantic, when indeed you are not.
What i seem not to understand in this day and age is the construct of such a
People in this new generation seem to me to be very soaked up in a physical
world, of tangible evidence of their hard work and tangible evidence that
they have been 'fun', so to speak. Precious few are left, who use their mind
and imagination, and experince what is at their command to use, when reading
a book, or looking at some art, or even listening to something.
It seems to me, that the position held in older times of artists and writers
was a greatly respected, much to the joy of people who were able to view or
read their works.
Though today, the genres that encapture thousands of people over television
screens and worldwide sale of books and other different media, are created
on the whole by people who have in the process of mass production,
ultimately lost some of the true meaning.
In Amazon.com's interview with author Terry Goodkind, they ask -
Amazon.com: "Do you think of Yourself as a Fantasy Author?"
And T. Goodkind replies with -
TG: "...I really don't think of my books as fantasy. Fantasy in general has
an image of being clichéd tripe. And it has gone out of its way to earn that
reputation, frankly. It's a genre where people can get away with incredible
laziness. You can do the same old thing, and just rename the characters,
over and over, and get away with it...."
By the way, "clichéd trip" means "stereotype-armour", which i would suppose
means that an author can create a peice of work, using a basic Fantasy
theory, and still argue to have it classified as Fantasy.
Now i don't want to argue the point either way here, i simply wanted to show
you how some people, myself included to an extent, view Sci-Fi and Fantasy
genres today. This is not to say that the writings produced are not of a
high-standard, or that works 'have' to be original. I can give you testimony
that sometimes, it happens that a well known and figurable plot can be more
entertaining than something original. I suppsoe you could put it down to the
fact that authors know what people like and give them that and naught more.
So, just as everything living has done for the last billion years,
literature such as this can evolve aswell. From such things as Shakespeare,
Tolkien and Robert Frost (Which i should mention, i beleive some poetry can
classify as Fantasy or Sci-Fi), to such things as Star Wars, and modern
fiction. But who ever said it has too be good? Or bad for that matter?
What is most important is that what ever you read, what or play, gives you a
That deep down satisfaction that you don't care what anyone says about it,
you like it.
And that's all there is to it really. Or so i like to tell, anyway.
Many thanks to you for taking the time to read this, and to Dag for putting
it on the site.
- Fletch .J. Bush
PS. This would be my first attempt at a serious article, so any feedback
would be apreciated. Please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
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