[LMB] Lois-Bujold Digest, Vol 66, Issue 33 "I think you may have just articulated why I don't like Mark."
mathews55 at msn.com
Thu Nov 4 01:06:41 GMT 2010
That's probably because the darker and edgier character in pop culture is a construct. "Specs: brooding Byronic anti-hero. Trauma in the past, check. Unsettled blood feud, check. Training as a superhero, check...."
Oh, Lois does hit all those tropes, but she rounds them out, makes them real, and indeed, subverts them.
> Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 22:15:54 +0000
> From: elbju at yahoo.se
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Lois-Bujold Digest, Vol 66, Issue 33 "I think you may have just articulated why I don't like Mark."
> Leanne Martin wrote:
> > G'day Howard et al,
> > I think it is possible that Lois also created (perhaps
> > subconsciously) Mark so
> > that we could have a 'negative Miles' that we could
> > dislike...
> > Cheers,
> > Leanne.
> Huh, that's interesting. But in that case, it failed miserably when it came to this reader, who admittedly hasn't finished Cryoburn yet. I like Mark quite a bit more than I like Miles (however, I like Miles an awful lot!). I can see why Miles is better at being the central character for the series as a whole and most of the individual books, but for some reason Mark just grabs me more.
> (And I don't really go for the "darker & edgier" type of character in pop culture in general, so it's not that...)
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