Rabbit, Run…that dragon is going to get you

by kalbzayn on January 2, 2009

I’m reading Rabbit, Run these days. I’m also thinking about my own writing pretend plans. I started wondering why nobody seems to write Literature (with a capital L) set within the framework of made up worlds.

All of the sci-fi/fantasy seems to be so over the top, action/suspense based that the characters are often pushed into the background while we get wowed by the tech, magic and world building.

I’ve got to believe that characters in fantasy settings have other personal issues other than their parents died when the hero was a baby leaving him with mysterious origins. Shouldn’t these characters be people struggling through divorce or raising kids or losing their full time job or trying to balance their jobs, hobbies and midlife crises.

That seems like it would be a fun thing to write.

I remember reading a Tad Williams interview where he says that he wrote his fantasy series because he didn’t really like what was out there and figured that he should write something that he would like to read. Maybe I’ve finally find my calling.

{ 4 comments }

Bonnie Staring January 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Good question, Mike. I tend to avoid novels that deal with those mundane personal issues simply because I read to escape the “meh-ness” of my multiple mid-life crises. ;)

Of course, your spin on it could be fan-freakingtabulous, so do it already! :::cracks whip:::

Cavan January 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I think I’d have to disagree on that point; in fantasy China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station. For SF, Molly Gloss’ The Dazzle of Day and Maureen McHugh’s China Mountain Zhang. There are lots of these books out there, but I’ll admit, not enough.

kalbzayn January 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Bonnie, maybe I’m just starting to get interested in the whole mid-life crisis thing as I rapidly head into the age group where I should be starting one of my own.

Cavan, I started Perdido Street Station once and put it down for reasons completely not related to the book. I definitely need to bump that up to the top of the queue again. I should probably go to Amazon and check out books like you mentioned and see what similar books people recommend.

Amanda April 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

This is an interesting topic. I always find that sci-fi is lacking on character development. Asimov and Heinlein had stock female characters that were either prostitutes or a version of a damsel in distress. I’m attempting to incorporate complex characters with their own set of personal issues with a rich sci-fi universe. We’ll see how successful I am. XD

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